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Binman Sean MacVicar collects more than just garbage on his weekly rounds – he picks up plenty of smiles too.
The cheery chap’s friendly waves and hellos have made him a Facebook hit after one mum went online to say a big thank you for making her little girl’s day every week.
Four-year-old Evie Mackinnon’s mum Ailsa wanted to say thank you to the ‘Young bin man who wears a bucket hat and glasses’, so put up a post on Information Oban to let him know what his waves mean to the tot.
‘I just wanted him to see it on Facebook so he could realise how much it means to her when he waves.
‘It’s been going on for months now. She gets excited as soon as she hears the lorry coming from the next street and rushes to the window to look out for her “friend”,’ said Ailsa.
It seems Evie is not the only one who appreciates Sean’s waves. Ailsa’s original post got almost 400 likes.
Another mum posted: ‘My three stand at the window every week in Taynuilt and the same guy waves every time! They love it! Thank you!’
He has also been described as ‘an absolute legend’ and ‘a very polite, obliging young man’, making his mum Deirdrie MacVicar proud: ‘This is my boy!’ she replied on Facebook.
Sean’s bosses at Argyll and Bute Council also had praise.
Councillor Rory Colville, Policy Lead for Roads and Infrastructure Services said: ‘It’s been a challenging time for everyone dealing with the pandemic including our staff delivering essential services. We have fantastic refuse collection teams who continue to work hard so it’s always great for them to receive such positive feedback. We’re delighted that Sean (the legend) is such a big hit and making so many people smile. Keep up the great work Sean!’