Port Pirie funeral interrupted by TLAP street sweeper

Funeral is ruined by a street sweeper who drowned out part of the service with his noisy machine – leaving mourners devastated: ‘It was just incredibly disrespectful’

  • A noisy street sweeper interrupted a funeral
  • Almost 50 gathered outside for the service
  • The sweeper came so close mourners couldn’t hear

Outraged mourners have vented their anger at a street sweeper who kept them from hearing a memorial service.

Helping Hand Lealhome nursing home worker Shannon Castle attended the funeral for one of her elderly female residents in Port Pirie, 220km north of Adelaide, on Friday.

The funeral parlour was packed full so Ms Castle joined almost 50 other mourners to listen to the service from speakers outside.

However, a nearby street sweeper ignored the crowd and brought his loud machinery over to where they were gathered.

A street sweeper (example above) interrupted a funeral service with his loud machinery last Friday

A street sweeper (example above) interrupted a funeral service with his loud machinery last Friday

Daily street sweeps are part of TLAP's (above) plan to lower lead contamination in Port Pirie

Daily street sweeps are part of TLAP’s (above) plan to lower lead contamination in Port Pirie

‘A fella wearing a face net went past and completely drowned out the speakers so everyone outside couldn’t hear what was being said,’ Ms Castle told the Adelaide Advertiser.

‘It was just incredibly disrespectful, he would have seen us all gathered there but decided to keep going.’ 

Port Pirie is home to one of the world’s largest lead smelters.

Local group Targeted Lead Abatement Program (TLAP) run daily streets sweeps as part of its plan to lower lead contamination and keep locals safe.

TLAP spokesperson Peter Dolan said the company would remind workers to be considerate of public events

‘We certainly sweep the footpaths there daily, if a funeral was going on our people should’ve avoided interacting with it if possible,’ he said. 

He encouraged any other residents with similar interactions to call the company and lodge a complaint.

The funeral was for an elderly woman who resided in the Helping Hand Lealhome nursing home (above)

The funeral was for an elderly woman who resided in the Helping Hand Lealhome nursing home (above)

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