Father salvages rubbish Christmas
Published 31/12/2011 | 12:52
A father-of-three was reduced to rummaging around in a filthy skip on Christmas Eve after throwing out the family's presents by mistake.
Mike James, 50, was frantic when he discovered he had inadvertently got rid of the Olympics tickets, jewellery and cash.
But he managed to salvage his Christmas celebrations with a little help from his local council.
The calamity occurred after wife Beverly asked him to clear up at their home in St Fagans, Cardiff, South Wales.
He gathered up a bag of rubbish and wrapping paper and drove over to Cardiff's Waungron Road recycling centre to dump the black bin bag.
By the time he returned home and discovered his mistake the municipal centre was already closed for the festive season.
"I felt physically sick when I realised what I'd done and my wife was in tears," said Mr James, a furniture store manager.
He said he returned to the centre with a friend and phoned the police to tell them he intended to scale its barrier to go inside.
"The policeman I spoke with was very sympathetic but he told me I couldn't do that."
He realised he needed permission from Cardiff Council to get inside and after several calls tracked down an out-of-hours number.