23 JAN 2019: A disgruntled builder allegedly (watch the video) smashed his digger through the glass doors of a new Travelodge in Liverpool after getting into a row with the hotel contractors over pay. Video footage taken on mobile phones and widely shared on social media show the digger mounting the steps in front of the hotel, smashing through the glass doors and tearing at the fabric of the building once inside. Construction workers on site can be heard yelling at the driver. Warning – naughty words can be clearly heard.

Fifteen miles from Liverpool city centre, the hotel was almost complete and gearing up to welcome its first guests on February 18 before the incident which severely damaged the reception area.

The driver allegedly took the drastic action because he was owed £600. ($1037)

A GoFundMe page has now been set up to raise £600 for the unnamed builder, raising more than £2000 ($3457) within a few hours, which he will undoubtedly need for court costs.

Jack Wellon, who set up the page, said, "This GoFundMe has been created to help fund the lost wages for the Travel Lodge - Edge Lane Digger Driver who is owed 600 in unpaid wages and primarily any legal fees and expenses which may arise as result of the demolition of the travel lodge.~

"Many people in the building trade encounter similar situations week in week out and this guy has helped many tradesmen and workers to get paid on time and to stand up for themselves when it's really needed.

"Any money raised here is to be given to the driver to help him primarily with any legal fees and to help the driver cover any expenses which may have arisen

"The funds will be given directly to the mini digger driver via GoFundMe and their support team who have been involved and he will be the sole beneficiary.”

Samuel White, a ceiling contractor who witnessed the incident, said the destruction went on for 'a good 20 or 30 minutes' before the driver left the vehicle and te scene.

Travelodge said it would not comment upon a live police investigation. A spokeswoman added that the site is not, as yet, a Travelodge property.

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