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ACT Policing and cutting your hair in the park

By johnboy 5 December 2008 60

The all-seeing eye has come across an amusing blog post by a visiting techie, KeZ who tried to cut his own hair and ended up having an interview with the constabulary:

    “”Is there any reason you are out here cutting your hair?” the officer, having noticed the scissors, with the trimmer and mirror still placed before me, correctly surmised.”Erm, i needed a haircut so i went and bought some scissors and here i am cutting my hair,” i innocently replied.”Yes, but why are you cutting your own hair, here?” he enquired again.”Umm, it’s what i do. Every three weeks my hair requires cutting, so i cut it! I could hardly cut it in the hotel room, there would have been hair everywhere,” i responded dryly.

It goes on, so check out the whole post.

So, reasonable precautionary inquiry? Or needless hassle?

Your thoughts please.

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dorisargo 8:13 pm 12 Aug 15

Really it’s fair enough…..

ant 4:19 pm 09 Dec 08

I’ve been cutting my own hair for years, too. I get a better result, and it’s quite a lot cheaper! Then the local birds get the hair, for nests. Keep finding old nests, with my hair lining them.

DJ 3:56 pm 09 Dec 08

dexi said :

Yep, I cut my own hair.

At home or in public?

Tooks 9:38 am 08 Dec 08

Exactly.

Thumper 9:32 am 08 Dec 08

I fail to see the issue here.

Some random guy is sitting in a park cutting his hair with big scissors which is not what most people would call normal behaviour.

The Rozzers simply checked it out, it’s their job.

Rozzers were then happy, Hairdresser boy was also happy. Job done. No issue.

Tooks 8:54 am 08 Dec 08

Instant Mash said :

I think that cop has a rather large pole up is rear end.

Yeah, they should’ve just ignored him and let him keep doing what he was doing. Sure, he may have been mentally ill and a possible threat to himself or others, but that’s okay I guess.

Instant Mash 10:34 pm 07 Dec 08

I think that cop has a rather large pole up is rear end.

Ozi 10:20 pm 07 Dec 08

The blog writer irks me in an unusual and disturbing way.

Firstly, the pompous, arrogant turns of phrase: “I am a bit unconvential, even if I do say so myself, which I do…”

Then there is the smart arse way he dealt with the Police.

But most annoyingly is the näivieté with which he tells the story. Someone cutting their own hair in a public place IS unusual. Police have legislative power to speak to anyone they chose, and certainly speaking to someone who has a sharp pair of scissors in a public place is well within their right. But more importantly is this: unique to Policing and a select few other careers is the very real possibility that you will get something pointy waved in your face or jabbed into your kidney.

The attending officers ABSOLUTELY did the right thing to move the scissors out of idiot’s reach whilst talking to him. And to check his story is also logical and correct.

The fact that he thinks it was such an exciting little encounter just goes to show that people will blog about anything on the internet, and very little of it is worth reading.

~Ozi.

farnarkler 6:23 am 07 Dec 08

Tooks, firstly, my mate was hammered I was not. Secondly, one of the two policemen spoke to us first. Thirdly, I do not ‘gob off’ to the police.

Considering it was a summer saturday night in the middle of civic, the two had better things to do than attempting,unsuccessfully, to be figures of authority.

Whatsup 11:45 am 06 Dec 08

dexi said :

“To suggest they try to provoke people so they can lock them up or use force on them is a pathetic comment.”

Pathetic maybe but it happens lots.

Why would a police officer seek trouble? It just means more effort and paperwork. I don’t subscribe to this theory either. And no… I don’t have Foxtel for what ever that means.

willo 11:40 am 06 Dec 08

anyone who cuts their own hair must be crazy………..best part of havin a haircut is having some young spunk rubbin her tits on ya neck……..

Tooks 11:36 am 06 Dec 08

dexi said :

Yep, I cut my own hair.

Lol, I pay that one.

dexi 11:27 am 06 Dec 08

Yep, I cut my own hair.

Tooks 11:22 am 06 Dec 08

Happens a lot? No. But what would I know…

Sounds like you have plenty of dealings with police. Wonder why.

Back to your govt housing flat with no foxtel 😉

dexi 11:17 am 06 Dec 08

“To suggest they try to provoke people so they can lock them up or use force on them is a pathetic comment.”

Pathetic maybe but it happens lots. Back to your safe little suburban ranch and foxtel.

Tooks 10:45 am 06 Dec 08

Spot on, Ant.

dexi said :

The young pups do like to press buttons and exercise their new found power. Don’t engage them. Yes sir, no sir, can I go now. Its not a game of right or wrong. Its survival, they can hurt you.

Rule of thumb, is always avoid people with guns and leave the hair cutting to the professionals.

That’s a particularly silly statement. Survival? You have got to be kidding. Biggest load of crap on this thread. By ‘young pups’ I assume you mean recruits out of college, who aren’t always young (average age about 28). To suggest they try to provoke people so they can lock them up or use force on them is a pathetic comment.

farnarkler said :

At Xmas 07 a mate, who was drunk, and I were hassled by two young pup cops who said my mate should go home. At 38 and 36 I think we know when we should go home. Neither of us needed a young pup straight out of the Weston Creek cop school telling us how we should go about our business after a few beers.

Your mate was drunk after a few beers? You were hassled, were you? More likely you were both smashed and gobbing off to cops because you don’t want to listen to ‘young pups’. By the way, there is no cop school in Weston Creek.

ant 10:07 am 06 Dec 08

apply the Canberra Times test here. First, run the story of the cop checking out what the bloke was doing. Hmm, fairly innocuous. Then, run the story of how some bloke who was cutting his hair in the park then did something weird/bizarre/illegal, and how minutes before, a cop observed him cutting his hair in the park, and did nothing.

readers would expect the cop to have at least checked it out, which the cop did.

If someone was trundling into Woolies and a cop stopped them and asked what they were doing, that would be troubling. But if someone is behaving in an odd manner, it’s appropriate for the police to just ensure that it’s only odd and nothing more.

dexi 8:59 am 06 Dec 08

Its different if your homeless or have mental health issues. Police will test your attitude. They are more than happy to provoke, to get a response. If you respond with indignation, emotion or anger, then you can expect a trip to the station. You should never challenge or contradict a person that wears a gun. Say what you have to, so they can take their gun somewhere you are not.

The young pups do like to press buttons and exercise their new found power. Don’t engage them. Yes sir, no sir, can I go now. Its not a game of right or wrong. Its survival, they can hurt you.

Rule of thumb, is always avoid people with guns and leave the hair cutting to the professionals.

I-filed 8:35 am 06 Dec 08

If I saw someone unkempt cutting their hair in Haig Park with scissors it would cross my mind that they might be on ice or mentally ill, and it would be worth checking that they’re OK (just, you know, some kinda soi-disant genius). Which is exactly what the police did, and it read as though their response was totally professional. Because there was a sharp object involved I’m glad the police checked. With the ice epidemic causing the community so much human damage and grief, they should be proactive. The article is hilarious – and I don’t think the author intended it to be accusing the police of inappropriate intervention …

DJ 8:32 am 06 Dec 08

farnarkler said :

ant I remember how they tried the community policing strategy with the surfie dude and the cop walking by ever day exchanging more words day by day.

It didn’t work. We had a cop by the name of Rugendyke who was one of these community policemen and he turned more people against him than got them on his side.

At Xmas 07 a mate, who was drunk, and I were hassled by two young pup cops who said my mate should go home. At 38 and 36 I think we know when we should go home. Neither of us needed a young pup straight out of the Weston Creek cop school telling us how we should go about our business after a few beers.

Obviously you were drunk and didn’t realise that the ‘pup’ didn’t go to Weston Creek cop school… and you should have gone home or been locked up if that was your attitude.

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