And you thought the Titanic was bad – friendly, laid-back Ozzies at their best

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A 50-year-old man was tasered by police following an alleged assault at a Big W over toilet paper. Source: Google Maps

‘Big W shopper tasered by police in toilet paper fight’, Ash Cant, Yahoo News Australia, 05.03.20

A man has been tasered by police after an argument at a Big W over toilet paper.

The 50-year-old man was arrested over the alleged assault, which happened at the retailer in Tamworth, in northeast NSW, on Thursday afternoon.

“Police have been told a 50-year-old man began to argue with a staff member and another customer before he assaulted them at a department store in Bridge Street,” a NSW Police spokesperson confirmed to Yahoo News Australia.

Officers from Oxley Police District arrested the man just after 10am (local time) on Thursday.

He was tasered by police when they arrived at the scene.

Yahoo News Australia understands the confrontation was about toilet paper.

The man was taken to Tamworth Police Station, where he is assisting police with their inquiries.

The incident comes after shoppers have left toilet paper aisles empty in recent days as they scramble to stockpile the grocery staple amid coronavirus fears.

Videos have emerged of people clearing the shelves and now both Coles and Woolworths have imposed limits on how many packs of toilet rolls each customer can buy at one time.

On Wednesday, police were called to a Woolworths in Sydney’s west after reports of a person being threatened with a knife also allegedly over toilet paper.

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It’s safe to come back Jørn, we’ve changed!

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N.S.W. Premier Gladys Berejiklian has instructed the Sydney Opera House to allow its sails to be lit up with colours, numbers and a trophy to promote next Saturday’s Everest horse race.

“This is one of the biggest events of the year. Why not put it on the biggest billboard Sydney has?” Prime Minister Morrison said.

“I come from a tourism background, these events generate massive opportunities for the state, for the city.”

From this

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‘Amazing clouds, brilliant moonlight, and the fabulous Sydney Opera House make a spectacular trifecta (sic).’ Photo: Australian Broadcasting Corporation website

to this

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‘The Racing NSW advertisement will be beamed onto the Opera House from Tuesday.’

Come back Jørn! Now we understand what ‘big picture’ means and how important vision is to culture! Honest!

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Hooray lads! Big, tough Australia finally stands up to the U.S.!

Barnaby Joyce: the face of power. Imagine being confronted by this across a bar at closing time. I'd be asking for a room for the night.

Barnaby Joyce: the face of power. Imagine being confronted by this across a bar at closing time. I’d be asking for a room for the night.

Barnaby to Depp: ‘I’m warnin‘ yer Johnny, bugger orf wiv yer dogs or so help me, we’ll kill ’em all!’

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also, the same day…

Prime Minister Abbott reassures us the Americans don’t intend to base B-1 bombers here (thanks Tony, I really needed to hear that, but, come to think of it, what do you intend?)

and…

while knocking your knees at the threat of a rising China not ‘playing by the rules’ (and the ghost of the Yellow Peril – back on the agenda as ‘subtext’), you might like to read about the overt threat by the then rising U.S. – their Monroe Doctrine.

What is notable about the story of Joyce (a Federal minister speaking on behalf of the Australian government and people) and Depp’s dogs is not its trivial stupidity but the degree to which it contrasts with Australia’s true relations with the U.S.

The degree of bizarre overreaction of the former is directly related to the degree of servility of the latter.

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Humans excel in many areas – one of them is idiocy

Batterie Mirus, Guernsey, ca. 1942

Batterie Mirus, Guernsey, ca. 1942

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