A minister of religion abused some poor young lads in our fair city. He swore at them, used personally derogatory terms and racial abuse. Just confirms what I have always thought about religious types.
But wait, I have a lot of sympathy for this bloke. The church entrance was seen as a fine place for younguns to do a bit of skateboarding. Once I heard two lads on a tram discussing the merits of said place for skateboarding.
Skateboarding in public spaces is noisy and frightens and alarms people. Melbourne has some great skateparks and it about to get another good one at St Kilda, in spite of my protestations to council. (How many teenagers live within a kilometre of Fitzroy Street?)
When the memorial to the Bali bomb victims was being built in Swanston Street, Carlton, it was clear to me that it would be a great skating surface. Sure enough, they came and did immense damage and much of the work had to be redone and then anti skating measures put in place. It was a disgraceful waste of money by the City of Melbourne. It was perfectly predictable that skateboarders would find it attractive.
While it not quite as attractive as it was, there are still big open flat paved areas, so the skateboarders still use it.
City of Melbourne tell me that it is not their policy to prosecute minors and that it is regularly patrolled by bylaws officers and the skaters are told to move on.
Well City of Melbourne, try prosecuting their parents then for the illegal activity of their children.
School holidays of course and every Saturday afternoon they are there, so I am not really sure that bylaws officers do patrol the memorial.
So I have quite a bit of sympathy for this clerical person who lost it when dealing with absolute scum. He was lucky that the physical attack he endured was not worse.
Now, what I want to do is go and slap a few of these kids who skate over the Bali bombing memorial. Don't you know that this is a memorial to dead people who were blown up in a terrorist attack? It is in your memory even.
City of Melbourne is only second behind VicRoads as a disgrace, but only just.