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Australians really like their beer!

PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 11:29 am
by Bilnick
DARWIN, Australia - An Australian man has been fined after buckling in a case of beer with a seat belt but leaving a 5-year-old child to sit on the car’s floor, police said Tuesday.

Constable Wayne Burnett said he was “shocked and appalled” when he pulled over the unregistered car Friday in the central Australian town of Alice Springs.

The 30-can beer case was strapped in between two adults sitting in the back seat of the car. The child was also in back, but on the car’s floor.

“The child was sitting in the lump in the center, unrestrained,” Burnett told reporters Tuesday.

“I haven’t ever seen something like this before,” he said. “This is the first time that the beer has taken priority over a child.”

The driver was fined 750 Australian dollars — about $710 — for driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle and for failing to ensure a child was wearing a safety belt.

Re: Australians really like their beer!

PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 1:56 pm
by bill
Wow, to think when I went in 02, the exchange rate meant the fine would have only been US$325!

Alice Springs is where Ayer's Rock is, that huge thing in the middle of Australia. From what I gathered, the people in that region take life at a ... different pace than the average citizen.

I think the top question on any Australian's mind here is:

What kind of beer was it!?

Re: Australians really like their beer!

PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 2:08 pm
by Bilnick
Yeah the US Dollar has been taking a pounding the last year or two. Part of the reason we are paying nearly $4 for a gallon of gas.

I assumed the beer was Fosters....30 of those really big cans need to be strapped in!!

Re: Australians really like their beer!

PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 11:15 pm
by arielyn
just goes to prove.

Beer > Children

Re: Australians really like their beer!

PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 5:39 pm
by Naiin
Thats hilarious!!! Hmmmm.... wonder what size case the child seat will hold.... for When Emma's older and doesn't need it anymore.... of course =P

Re: Australians really like their beer!

PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 10:12 am
by Goofydoofy
Wasn't this place a prison colony back in the day? And doesn't it have the largest ozone hole directly over it? So basically, we have a bunch of people not smart enough to get away with a crime, or their offspring, who are getting baked by direct sun rays and are complete drunken idiots...Why does this story not surprise me?

Re: Australians really like their beer!

PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 7:36 pm
by Meso
Wasn't this place a prison colony back in the day?

Heh, yeah there and South Carolina. :jester