DEBRIS is often found lying in the road – an old tyre perhaps, or rubbish dicarded by a careless motorist.
However, as flotsam and jetsam go, this is pretty unusual. A giant inflatable minion became untethered yesterday afternoon in Dublin and tumbled into the middle of a busy main road and onto passing cars.
The minion, described as being between 30 and 40 feet tall when inflated, had to be removed by the Gardai, the national police service of Ireland.
The yellow figure was made famous by the 2010 children's film Despicable Me. It is thought that this one in particular was being used to advertise a local fair when it flew away during a particularly windy spell.
Making a probably intentional pun, Dublin city councillor Paul McAuliffe tweeted that the escaped minion was a 'despicable breach of health and safety'.
He later told The Irish Times: "I don't want to sound like a killjoy, but if that had landed on a cyclist, for instance, it could have been serious.
Cllr McAuliffe has reportedly referred the incident to the city council's planning enforcement department.
An investigation will take place into whether the inflatable cartoon character was the subject of any planning regulations and operators will be questioned to determine whether appropriate health and safety measures were in place.