A man went to check on what he thought was a pensioner with a walking stick who could be unwell – only to find out it was a trampoline.
Damien Webster came out of his house in the morning and thought he saw another man leaning on a wall.
He didn’t think anything of it – but when he came out again later to his road in Sunderland, the ‘man’ was still there.
Royal Army worker Damien shouted over, then went over to check he was okay.
Then he realised that he had been concerned for a pile of metal and netting.
To be fair, we can see where the mix-up came from.
Damien said: ‘I came out the house at 5am to check if the car was frozen and I saw this bloke leaning on a wall with a walking stick.
‘I thought he must be out of breath.
‘I just came out the door now at 6:40am and he’s still there.
‘I shouted “mate you alright?” then got no reply so I walked down the road to check on him.
‘And it’s a smashed trampoline net hanging over the wall.’
Damien posted the photo on Facebook after he made the blunder last Thursday and has since received over 10,000 comments and 26,000 shares.
Many said they could understand why he thought the trampoline was in fact a human being.
One man quipped: ‘I’m sure he’ll bounce back.’
This is not the only instance of a trampoline being found in an unexpected place.
Strong winds in 2020 led to a trampoline being blown onto a motorway in Ireland, with two lanes blocked and motorists forced to bypass the metal frame.
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