This is the moment stunned residents film a construction worker shovelling soil into a lorry while his colleague empties it out again.
The video was recorded on the crossroads of Colon and Pringles avenues in the city of Olavarria in the eastern Argentine province of Buenos Aires.
In the footage, a motorist parks up to film two labourers wearing high-visibility jackets by an excavation lorry filled with soil.
A driver filmed one worker emptying the truck of soil while the other man dumps dirt into it
One of the men is on the back of the lorry shovelling soil out while the other is on the ground in front of a large mound of earth shovelling it in.
The motorist filmed the two men cancelling each other out for nearly a minute before footage from another car driver shows the same scene from a different angle.
The motorist says: ‘This is how our country works, my friends. Incredible.
‘One loads as the other empties.’
Several clips have been uploaded to social media where they have been widely circulated. One Twitter post was viewed 163,000 times and retweeted by nearly 4,000 twitter users.
The video was recorded at crossroads of Colon and Pringles avenues in Olavarria, Argentina
The video shows two angles of the workers seemingly cancelling out each other’s work
However, local authorities explained what happened: ‘They were swapping wet earth for dry soil.’
The labourers, who work for an electricity company, were sent to the site following a pipe leak and were swapping mud for dry soil, which is why they are seen working at different ends of the lorry.
One Twitter user that goes by the name of ‘Loqmehacereir’ said: ‘Argentina, visual representation.’
‘FederkoPk’ commented: ‘Even if they are genuinely swapping the soil, it is still an amazing sight!’
‘Franciscog87’ wrote: ‘It has to be a fake, if it was authentic there would be at least five other labourers watching them work.’