Bunnings customer's 'totally illegal' car park mistake: 'Oh my god'

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A Bunnings customer in New Zealand has shocked millions of users on TikTok with his video showing a reckless driver leaving the car park with an oversized haul sticking out of his window.

The jaw-dropping video was shared by TikTok user @building_work_vibes, who caught the illegal act on camera while driving into the Bunnings car park on Tuesday.

“Bunnings, why would you let someone leave like this?” reads the caption of the shocking video.

In the 31-second video, users can see the thoughtless customer pulling out of the Bunnings car park in Takanini, a southern suburb of Auckland.

Screenshots of TikTok showing reckless driver at Bunnings
A Bunnings customer has shocked users on TikTok with his video showing a reckless driver leaving the car park. Source: TikTok/@building_work_vibes

The scene seems relatively normal, until the camera pans to the right side of the vehicle, revealing a stack of timber hanging several metres out of the rear-side window.

At this point in the TikTok video, the man filming stops the driver before he puts other drivers at risk on the road.

He shouts: “Nah, mate. Nah, brother. You gotta pull over mate. You gotta pull over!”

The customer continues to exit the Bunnings car park, making his way toward the busy road in front of him, which is when the concerned man filming beeps his horn.

“Bro, you can't drive like that brother,” he informs the man, as the driver in question opens his door to speak with him.

However, the careless driver merely responds: “It’s OK”.

Instead of listening to the warning offered by the TikToker, he instructs the man to “move a little back” out of the driveway so he can get his oversized haul onto the road.

“You gotta take it off,” instructs the concerned man filming the outrageous scene.

The TikTok video then concludes abruptly without a resolution, with many wondering what happened to the driver in the video.

According to the New Zealand Transport Agency, the maximum width for a light vehicle with three or more wheels is 2.55 metres, or 1.275 metres from each side of the longitudinal centre line of the vehicle.

While the maximum front overhang – which is measured from the front edge of the driver's seat when in its rearmost position to the foremost point of the vehicle, or its load – is three metres.

Bunnings says safety of team and customers is 'number one priority'

Bunnings Area Manager Luke Foxley told Yahoo News Australia they were aware of the incident and that customer safety was paramount.

“The safety of our team and customers is our number one priority, and we have extensive training and guidelines in place to make sure everyone leaves our stores safely,” Mr Foxley said.

He added: “Our team does their best to work with customers to make sure that loads are safe before they leave our stores.”

Front of Bunnings Warehouse store with car park
Bunnings say safety of staff and customers is their number one priority. Source: Getty

“This includes materials handling training and resources for the team, as well as assisting customers to split loads to make sure that they are a safe weight and safely secured, without excessive overhang.”

In this instance, the customer visited Bunnings' Takanini store and loaded the vehicle themselves without the help of the team.

‘Dangerous’ Bunnings TikTok video goes viral

The distressing TikTok video had yesterday already amassed over 1.1 million views, and more than 3000 comments from users who shared their disbelief.

“Why would Bunnings let him drive out like that?” asked one user.

“Bunnings would have helped him put those in the car too,” wrote another user.

“If Bunnings gets a hold of this, I bet this will become their new training video,” joked a third user.

Meanwhile, several commentators praised the man who heroically stopped the driver in the video, saying he probably saved someone’s life.

Others questioned why the reckless driver didn’t hire a trailer or ute to transport the wooden planks home safely.

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