LOWELL (CBS) – A snow plow driver in Lowell was fired Friday for posting a video of himself burying parked cars and bragging about it during the blizzard earlier this month.
Mark Hussey, who identifies himself as Dogg, told WBZ-TV he lost his job plowing for a contractor for the city after the YouTube video was broadcast on local television.
The clip was taken down from the site late Friday morning.
He shot the video through his windshield while he was driving his plow in the Lowell area during the February 8-9 blizzard.
“At the end of the storm, I was already up for about 22 hours plowing and I decided to make a video of my favorite part of the day, which is when you push the snow banks back to the curbs,” Hussey told the Karlson & McKenzie show on WZLX Friday morning, before he was fired.
“(It’s) also the part of the day that the people shoveling their driveways absolutely want to kill me.”
In the video clip, when he’s not plowing in freshly shoveled driveways, Hussey takes pleasure in burying cars parked on the side of the street.
He defended himself, telling Karlson & McKenzie he’s just doing his job by widening the streets.
“I have to push the snow back from curb to curb, so two fire trucks or a fire truck and an ambulance can pass each other on the road.”
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports
“If I can get some kind of enjoyment out of it, why not?” he told WZLX. “I really don’t care if I make more enemies.”
Lowell City Manager Bernie Lynch told WBZ Friday afternoon he was appalled when he saw the video and felt it was an unprofessional way to represent the city.
“The words stupid, moronic – those certainly apply. It was truly just a bad reflection on the hard work that so many people do,” Lynch said.
WBZ-TV spoke with Hussey later in the day on Friday and he was very remorseful. He would not appear on camera but did say he did not blame his boss for firing him.
He said that in the last two days he has gotten at least three phone calls from television producers in New York and Los Angeles, who say he would make a good reality show star. He says he is considering it.