http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-34548109 "A man has been fined for leaving his wheelie bin out to be collected on the wrong day. Gerald Thompson, 51, who was prosecuted by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, was fined £150 but with costs it totals more than £550. Thompson, of Glendale Street, Burslem, will be paying it back at £10 a week. His defence was that he could not get his bin out of the back door and would have had to take it through his house, so he left it on the road. 'Absolutely crazy' Thompson was charged with failing to comply with a requirement imposed by a waste collection authority. Outside the North Staffordshire Justice Centre, he described the verdict as "crazy". "That is absolutely crazy," he said. "What is this world coming to? "How can somebody be convicted for leaving as bin outside the house because they don't want to live with that bin? "Living with a bin inside our house makes it smell, especially a green wheelie bin." Tompion Platt, head of policy and research at pedestrian campaigning group Living Streets, warned wheelie bins could be awkward obstacles for people using the pavement. He said: "Our streets should be easy and accessible to walk in and leaving items, such as wheelie bins out on pavements, can act as an obstruction, especially for those who are blind or partially sighted, parents with buggies and people in wheelchairs." The first question I ask myself is how did the residents of this street cope with their waste when the houses were built? The next one is, have they become victims of the never-ending amount of waste that commerce forces them to acquire and a council who isn't dealing with their refuse collection in a sensible manner? The very notion that residents would be expected to drag wheelie bins into their houses is beyond daft. When these houses were built, there wasn't anything like the amount of packaging there is now to dispose of. What little there was would probably have been burnt in the fireplace. It seems to me that the council should address the matter properly, rather than attempt to deal with this problem in the idiotic manner of taking council tax payers to court. Of course, Tompion Platt, head of policy and research at pedestrian campaigning group Living Streets does have a point, however I wonder whether he's considered that movement around people's homes also needs to be accessible and any wheelchair-bound resident would find life even more insufferable with a wheelie bin in their house.