Man ‘trashed’ in failed Santa imitation

If Santa can make it down a chimney, then I can probably manage a garbage chute. Or so a 20-year-old Swedish man might have been thinking when he tried to surprise his sister early Tuesday morning.

But the man proved himself less adept at navigating tight spaces than jolly old Saint Nick.

The 20-year-old was discovered wedged in a garbage chute, reports local media in the ski resort town of Åre in northwestern Sweden.

“He was able to get his head and shoulders through, but then he got stuck. He was dangling there when the sister, who wasn’t home at the time, returned about fifteen minutes later,” said Bengt Larsson, an emergency worker with the Åre fire department, to the TT news agency.

“I couldn’t help but laugh,” chuckled Larsson.

Using an iron bar, some clippers, and sledgehammer, it took emergency workers about half an hour to pry the man loose.

The 20-year-old escaped the incident unharmed.