A provocative video that appears to show men dumping barrels of chemical waste outside is inspiring outrage online, especially since the men in the clip say they would be fired if they didn’t dispose of the liquid that way.
The video, which was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday, shows men lifting barrels labeled as containing machining and grinding fluid and pouring the contents on the ground while at least three men watch. It rose to the front page of Reddit early Wednesday and had more than 248,000 views by later that morning.
“We’ve been ordered to dump these barrels, two to three a night, and then burn them out,” says an unidentified man filming the incident, which apparently took place in Nevada in May. “This is what we’ve got to do or we’ll lose our jobs.”
One of the men seen dumping the yellow-tinted liquid appears to wear black rubber gloves while handling the barrels.
“This is all the sludge out of our parts wash machine,” he says. “Acid, all kinds of stuff. They’re making us do this.”
None of the men in the video indicate where they work.