We often read stories about the lives of the rich and famous. Sometimes the tales are inspired. Other times they’re lurid. But in the case of Arnold Schwarzenegger this is a story about getting his hands dirty.
Literally. The ‘Terminator’ star and former governor of California recently posted a video of him saying hasta la vista to a pothole in his neighborhood that the local government had failed to fix.
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. pic.twitter.com/aslhkUShvT
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) April 11, 2023
The Washington Post wrote, “On Tuesday, Arnold Schwarzenegger — action-movie superstar, former governor of California and frustrated resident of Los Angeles — posted a 59-second video to his Twitter account that shows him filling in a “giant pothole” near his home in the tony Brentwood neighborhood.
“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,” he wrote in a tweet that’s been viewed more than 10 million times. “I always say, let’s not complain, let’s do something about it. Here you go.”
The video opens with Schwarzenegger dumping a 50-pound bag of Quikrete asphalt repair mix into an opening on a residential street. As Schwarzenegger and his crew shoveled it into place, a woman slowed her white sedan and yelled out her front passenger window, thanking them for their work.
“You have to do it yourself,” Schwarzenegger told her. “It’s just crazy. For three weeks I’ve been waiting for this hole to be closed.”
A local ABC affiliate noted, “However, the Los Angeles Department of Public Works official said it’s not really a pothole, but a service trench that needs to be repaired by Southern California Gas Company.
The L.A.-based utility company said because it’s a concrete street and not an asphalt street, Schwarzenegger’s road patch won’t really work. However, on Wednesday, the company said crews leveled the patch off with compaction equipment to provide more strength to the temporary paving.
SoCalGas said work to upgrade the pipeline system on the road was completed in January 2023. Crews then applied temporary paving over the excavation.
As part of the maintenance process, the utility company said it performs permanent paving about 30 days from when the project was completed. However, the recent storms and heavy in rain the L.A. area delayed the permanent paving.”
The former governor wasn’t going to take that response sitting down, though. The former Mr. Olympia said the pothole had been there too long for it to be a trench.
So everyone knows, the pipeline work was finished in January. Apparently, they thought it was a good plan to take six months to cover the trench, so I just did them a favor.
And why don’t they talk about the second pothole I filled? https://t.co/texIq8ISz1
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) April 13, 2023
“So everyone knows, the pipeline work was finished in January. Apparently, they thought it was a good plan to take six months to cover the trench, so I just did them a favor,’ Schwarzenegger tweeted. ‘And why don’t they talk about the second pothole I filled?
SoCalGas told KTLA they anticipate permanent paving to be completed by Monday.
The original video has received over 11 million views since it was posted.