A man has faced the wrath of a petrol station attendant after he refused to put out his cigarette while on the forecourt.

In a video posted to social media, a driver is seen smoking a cigarette as he gets out of his car at a service station.

The attendant, fearing for the safety of those at the petrol station, takes matters into his own hands and approaches the driver telling him to put his cigarette out.

The man in the white shirt is seen smoking a cigarette. Photo / Liveleak
The man in the white shirt is seen smoking a cigarette. Photo / Liveleak

When the driver refused the attendant took matters into his own hands - grabbing the fire extinguisher as he covered the man head to toe in fire retardant.

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The petrol station attendant blasts the man with a fire extinguisher. Photo / Liveleak
The petrol station attendant blasts the man with a fire extinguisher. Photo / Liveleak

Reddit users have praised the man for his actions, with many labelling him their "hero".

"That guy is my hero, the fire marshal in my town arrested someone that refused to put their cigarette out at the pump," one said.

"I love how the smoker even up till the last moment (or so it seems) was like 'no way man he's just bluffing' then BOOM!" one person wrote.

"Act like a safety hazard, get treated like a safety hazard. Nobody cares how cool you are when you're putting lives and property at risk."