could only happen in ameri.. no, hang on, now i'm confused
A NZ man who rang emergency services claiming he'd been left speaking Australian as a result of rape by a wombat has been sentenced to 75 hours' community service, stuff.co.nz reports. Nelson District Court heard earlier this week how on the afternoon of 11 February, 48-year-old orchard worker Arthur Ross Cradock initially …
Another proud day for NZ's judicial system, where an innocent man who is obviously traumatised having been violated by a ferocious creature is persecuted by the State for having the audacity to speak in a civilised accent.
Mine's the one with the big aussie fag on the back.
>> Cradock was subsequently charged with "using a phone for a fictitious purpose"
>How is this is an offence?
This law dates from the days when there were only 5 phones in NZ, and they were on a party line (the 1980's). The PM got mighty stroppy if you were on the line when he wanted to have a heart-to heart with Maggie.
How is that even possible? Whatever you're using it for, it becomes a real purpose the minute you're actually doing it. Well I can see why they'd want to stop people doing things like that, the paradox might destroy the entire universe!
Or does it mean "using a phone as a plot device"? Calling up Sherlock Holmes for a chat?
Most jurisdictions here in the US have similar laws about making "hoax" calls to emergency services. Plus there are the Federal laws about making "hoax" calls using a radio (to the Coast Guard, for example). Hoax (ficticious) calls are no joke - they not only tie up a phone line (that's the least important aspect) but they tie up an emergency operator or watchstander and may result in the dispatch of police, fire or search-and-rescue assets all of which could result in a legitimate emergency not receiving a timely response.
This guy obviously needs help and should get it -- in prison.
"I'll retract the rape complaint from the wombat, because he's pulled out. Apart from speaking Australian now, I'm pretty all right you know, I didn't hurt my bum at all.''
Two key things here.
1) The wombat pulled out!! Cant sue for child support.
2) It didnt hurt his bum at all. Cant sue for pain and suffering.
Of course it does beg to ask. . .did he atleast get a courtesy reach around?
Wombat Rape; priceless - but you already had me with the parallel universe story.
Well done El Reg, this is what keeps me coming back.
Now if you could only do something about the relentlessly inane and, oh so boring, OS flame wars .... its like watching paint dry and just about as pointless.
Being raped by a wombat is no laughing matter and sounding like a bloody Aussie is the worst possible thing that can happen to a Kiwi.
The other way for Continentals and Europeans to tell the difference between Kiwis and Aussies is to ask them to say "g'day".
If they sound like they're whining, they're Aussies - and they complain about "whinging Poms". At least the Poms can greet you without it sounding like a complaint.
@ James O'Brien:
A wombat give a reach-around? You've gotta be kidding. The little bastards only care about their OWN satisfaction!
Yep, mine's the coat with the silver fern, kiwi and Southern Cross (with the right number of stars in it) on the back. No wombat claw marks, though...
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