Arnold Schwarzenegger is The Terminator and a seven-time Mr. Olympia, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t make mistakes.
The 75-year-old actor and former professional bodybuilder came to Twitter to share a video of himself mending a “giant pothole” in Brentwood, California. This is understandable given California’s months of rain and 19,642 pothole repair service requests since the end of December, according to NBC Los Angeles.
“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,” he tweeted.
Several men patch the pothole with various materials in the video, and at one point, a car stops to congratulate Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is wearing wrap-around shades and a leather jacket, almost identical to his character in The Terminator.
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
Unfortunately for the Austrian Oak, his well-intended acts may have been in vain, as the pothole he terminated was not, in fact, a pothole at all.
“This spot is not a pothole.” It’s a service trench related to active, licensed work being done at the site by SoCal Gas, which intends to finish by the end of May. According to a representative for NBC Los Angeles, SoCal Gas will be forced to fix the area once their work is through, as is the case with comparable projects affecting City roadways.
According to the source, a representative for Arnold Schwarzenegger stated that area residents made many requests for road repairs following a series of winter storms in February and March, which apparently went unanswered. It’s unclear whether the pothole was scheduled for repair when the former California governor filled it.
When it’s “active” there’s a metal plate in place. It was a service trench that was likely not compacted properly and sunk after the rain and traffic.
— RL22 (@RLtwenty2) April 12, 2023
If SoCalGas had a "service trench" it would have been taped of with a barricade around it. Second off, the original news reel said it was a concrete street, it's asphalt. What Arnold's using is an asphalt patch mix, and it should suitable for said repair.
— Gary C Long Jr. (@PoorBoyFarmer) April 12, 2023
A thousand damage tires later.
City of LA 'we wanted it like that"
— The Good N The Hood (@TheGoodNTheHood) April 12, 2023
Whatever the case may be, Arnold Schwarzenegger will undoubtedly return if there are any more potholes around.