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Australian fined for buckling in beer, not child
AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/13/08 | AP

Posted on 05/13/2008 11:14:28 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

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.


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: australian; beer; buckling; fined; priorities

1 posted on 05/13/2008 11:14:29 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

It’s the dumb ones that are always the evidence in favor of “hold my hand” laws.


2 posted on 05/13/2008 11:16:14 AM PDT by republicanequestrian
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To: republicanequestrian

DARWIN, Australia

Home of the Darwin Award?


3 posted on 05/13/2008 11:18:00 AM PDT by dblshot
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To: NormsRevenge

Didn’t we hear a similar story to this here in the states? A few months back?


4 posted on 05/13/2008 11:18:12 AM PDT by Corin Stormhands (What if Tony Almeida is the 12th Cylon?)
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To: NormsRevenge

5 posted on 05/13/2008 11:18:42 AM PDT by Borges
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To: NormsRevenge

Australian for stupid


6 posted on 05/13/2008 11:19:06 AM PDT by scottinoc
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To: dblshot

Exactly.

Some people are wasting their time trying to reproduce.


7 posted on 05/13/2008 11:20:24 AM PDT by Mrs.Z ("...you're a Democrat. You're expected to complain and offer no solutions." Denny Crane)
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To: NormsRevenge

“Hold my beer. Watch this!”


8 posted on 05/13/2008 11:27:31 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't Blame Me, I voted for Kodos!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Was it Foster’s?

Because Foster’s IS pretty darn good beer.

;^)


9 posted on 05/13/2008 11:28:24 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't Blame Me, I voted for Kodos!)
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To: NormsRevenge

A man has got to have his priorities......

“Sorry Junior, it is a case of Guiness”


10 posted on 05/13/2008 11:29:43 AM PDT by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: NormsRevenge

Priorities.


11 posted on 05/13/2008 11:30:29 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: NormsRevenge
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.

Wait. A case has 30 cans in Australia?

I got no time to worry about some damn kid. I'm moving to Austalia!

12 posted on 05/13/2008 11:31:26 AM PDT by southernnorthcarolina (May contain traces of tree nuts.)
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To: southernnorthcarolina
I'm moving to Austalia!

Or better yet, Australia!

13 posted on 05/13/2008 11:34:57 AM PDT by southernnorthcarolina (May contain traces of tree nuts.)
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To: southernnorthcarolina

Starting early?


14 posted on 05/13/2008 11:36:00 AM PDT by thulldud (Insanity: Electing John McCain again and expecting a different result.)
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To: swain_forkbeard

Damn, beat me to it. :-)


15 posted on 05/13/2008 11:36:19 AM PDT by Duck Fan
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To: Corin Stormhands

Near Sacramento a couple of months back, there was a guy who was injured when he drove his car into a tree. He wasn’t wearing a seatbelt but his 12-pack was buckled in. I don’t think the story made it out of town...


16 posted on 05/13/2008 11:39:36 AM PDT by steveo (Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.)
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To: dblshot

All I could think of was Icanhascheeseburger.com:

Darwin award

UR doin it wrong!


17 posted on 05/13/2008 11:41:24 AM PDT by Ingtar (Haley Barbour 2012, Because he has experience in Disaster Recovery. - ejonesie22)
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To: NormsRevenge

“It’s all about the beer!”


18 posted on 05/13/2008 11:41:46 AM PDT by AU72
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To: thulldud
Starting early?

It's 5:00 somewhere...


19 posted on 05/13/2008 11:43:41 AM PDT by southernnorthcarolina (May contain traces of tree nuts.)
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To: NormsRevenge
How to speak Australian:

Children.

20 posted on 05/13/2008 11:44:56 AM PDT by dfwgator (Go Stars!)
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To: Ingtar

21 posted on 05/13/2008 11:45:24 AM PDT by dighton
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To: NormsRevenge
Darwin Award material should only endeavor to kill itself, never someone else. For instance, this guy has it right:

Three cheers for responsible Darwin Award contestants!

22 posted on 05/13/2008 11:46:13 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: NormsRevenge

It can be tough growing up as a Foster’s-child.


23 posted on 05/13/2008 11:47:17 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: southernnorthcarolina; fanfan

In Canada, a standard case is 24, pronounced two-four. We have a national holiday in honour of it this coming weekend, known as “May Two-Four”.

The brewers occasionally do a promo where they sell a case of 28 for the same price.


24 posted on 05/13/2008 11:50:44 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (TSA and DHS are jobs programs for people who are not smart enough to flip burgers)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Beery non-ping.


25 posted on 05/13/2008 11:53:05 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (TSA and DHS are jobs programs for people who are not smart enough to flip burgers)
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To: dighton

Nice red x!

(I’m sure it is the nanny software here at work.)


26 posted on 05/13/2008 11:54:24 AM PDT by Ingtar (Haley Barbour 2012, Because he has experience in Disaster Recovery. - ejonesie22)
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To: NormsRevenge

Guy’s got his priorities straight I see. Kid was safe on the floor but the beer could have been shaken up excessively. (Sarcasm folks)


27 posted on 05/13/2008 12:13:09 PM PDT by calex59
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To: Corin Stormhands

Yep. Super Bowl Sunday in Florida.


28 posted on 05/13/2008 12:48:17 PM PDT by Wolfie
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To: NormsRevenge

“This is the first time that the beer has taken priority over a child.”

I am not seeing it. How is the beer taking priority? Maybe the child wanted to play on the floor and they strapped the beer so it would not fall and hit the child. I apologize for bringing logic into the thread but this is a unfair attack on the parents.

Maybe they were wrong to not have the child belted (by today’s norms)but that is all. Trying to spin it as Beer>Child makes a “funny” story and all but it is not logical. Does beer like to sit on the seat? Does strapping the beer protect the beer?(How?) or the child sitting in front of it?


29 posted on 05/13/2008 1:14:34 PM PDT by On the Road to Serfdom
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To: NormsRevenge; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
Now we know what happened to Lootie.


30 posted on 05/13/2008 10:35:24 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Code Pink should guard against creating stereotypes in the Mincing Community." --Titan Magroyne)
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To: southernnorthcarolina
Wait. A case has 30 cans in Australia?

I think that's one of those metric cases.

}:-)4

31 posted on 05/14/2008 5:28:50 AM PDT by Moose4 (http://moosedroppings.wordpress.com -- Because 20 million self-important blogs just aren't enough.)
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To: NormsRevenge

You can always have another child but beer you have to pay for.


32 posted on 05/14/2008 7:45:07 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Vote for McCain but trust in the Lord)
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To: GOP_Raider

Beer Ping!!!


33 posted on 05/14/2008 8:32:57 AM PDT by The SISU kid (I feel really homesick all the time & so do all the other aliens.....)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

You can always have another child but beer you have to pay for.

Good thing they didn’t hit any speedbumps.. a blow’d up diaper is one thing, a blow’d beer quite another.


34 posted on 05/14/2008 10:03:22 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE toll-free tip hotlineĀ—1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRget!!!)
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To: rzeznikj at stout; GOP_Raider; Rodney King; Tainan; Chasaway; SquirrelKing; dynachrome; ...
(At least we don't have to wonder if he had an Obama sticker on his car)

Beer Ping!

A low to medium ping list aimed at all of us who, well, love our beer…

FReepmail rzeznikj at stout or GOP_Raider to be added or struck from the list…

35 posted on 05/14/2008 12:12:53 PM PDT by GOP_Raider (DU: Standing athwart history yelling "$#@$# you mother$#@$#er!")
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To: NormsRevenge

It’s a true wonder that anyone ever lived before mandatory seat belt laws.


36 posted on 05/14/2008 12:20:46 PM PDT by alarm rider (Peace! through superior fire power....)
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To: GOP_Raider

uninsured. check

unregistered. check

Beer belted in. check.

Time for a cruise!


37 posted on 05/14/2008 1:37:11 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Socialism is the feudalism of the future.")
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To: NormsRevenge
Whats the problem here?

Safety first!
38 posted on 05/14/2008 5:17:52 PM PDT by Tainan (Talk is cheap. Silence is golden. All I got is brass...lotsa brass.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Australian fined for buckling in beer, not child

Let's not rush to judgment now.


What kind of beer was it?
39 posted on 05/14/2008 5:34:00 PM PDT by BJClinton (I say potatoe, you say 57 states.)
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To: NormsRevenge; GOP_Raider
Last year at my house:

Chip Off the Old Block

Even so, I drove extra careful...

40 posted on 05/14/2008 6:21:13 PM PDT by SquirrelKing
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To: SquirrelKing

Warsteiner! That stuff rocks!


41 posted on 05/14/2008 6:29:11 PM PDT by Henchster (Free Republic - the BEST site on the web!)
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