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Best Way to Get a Pothole Fixed? Break Out the Birthday Cake

It worked for Frank Sereno of Kansas City
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2019 6:00 AM CDT
A patched pothole is seen in Hamtramck, Mich. It's unclear if anyone baked it a birthday cake.   (Kimberly P. Mitchell/Detroit Free Press via AP)

(Newser) – "My gosh, if this is what it takes to get potholes fixed, we'll never get anything done." So says Frank Sereno of Kansas City, Mo., who threw a birthday party for a 2-foot-wide depression outside his home after it went unfixed for three months. "I got some cake, lit a candle, and had a little birthday party for Pothole," Sereno tells KCTV. "He seemed thrilled with the idea," but "I didn't sing to him [because] it was too hot out." Days after his party photo was posted to Facebook, Pothole disappeared.

"It's great that they came and fixed it," he says, but Sereno—a motorcyclist at risk of taking a spill—says hundreds of other potholes across the city still need attention. With a public works rep noting heavy spring rain has delayed the patching process, Sereno tells CNN, "We have to be as creative as we can to get things fixed." Still, he really doesn't want to host any more pothole birthday parties. The Waldo neighborhood man is, however, considering holding a graduation party for his former pothole, now smooth. Per WDAF, it's one of 10,000 potholes repaired in the city so far this year. (Read more potholes stories.)

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