UPDATE: Schwarzenegger lambasted for filling pothole that was actually a manmade trench for workers’ safety

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It was not one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s most prominent roles, but is proving to be disproportionately controversial. The Hollywood star and former California governor filmed himself filling in a troublesome pothole near his Los Angeles home, proffering it as an act of civic responsibility by an exasperated resident. But he was then told by the authorities it wasn’t officially a pothole at all.

According to city officials, the “giant pothole” Schwarzenegger and a friend packed with quick-drying cement and topped with sand was actually an essential service trench for work being performed by a utility company in the Brentwood neighborhood.

Instead of solving a problem, the actor who generated mayhem and destruction in his best-known role as the Terminator, was creating one with his rogue deed, with SoCal Gas, the natural gas utility, now having to reopen the trench to complete the contract.

Schwarzenegger posted a video of the pair laboring to his 5.1 million Twitter followers, writing: “Today, after the whole neighborhood has been upset about this giant pothole that’s been screwing up cars and bicycles for weeks, I went out with my team and fixed it. I always say, let’s not complain, let’s do something about it. Here you go.”

Below is his tweet of the video and a tweet pointing out the L.A.’s Bureau of Street Services claiming the pothole was actually a manmade trench for worker operational safety.

In a statement to NBC News, Los Angeles city officials said, “This location is not a pothole.”

“It’s a service trench that relates to active, permitted work being performed at the location by SoCal Gas, who expects the work to be completed by the end of May.

“As is the case with similar projects impacting city streets, SoCal Gas will be required to repair the area once their work is completed.”

Meanwhile, a Twitter user pointed out some potential issues with the former governor’s repair.

The user, who claimed to “do asphalt for a living” wrote:

“…this is all wrong. In order to make pre-packaged asphalt to work properly, the area must be tack-coated, then the asphalt must be heated to activate the oil and emulsion in order for the patch to adhere to the area as well as itself.“


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