Creepy dude at the back of Ainslie shops

Sheridan 7 February 2011 26

Hi ladies of Canberra,

I just wanted to warn you about a creepy dude that’s been hanging out at the back of Ainslie shops.

Friday morning two weeks ago I had my initial encounter while walking through the park at the rear of the shops, on my way to work at about 7am.  He approached me and made some disgusting suggestions.

Then, I saw him again on Friday morning just passed, same time, same-ish location, but was lucky enough to be on the other side of the road.  I noticed he was staring down the road after the woman ahead of me.  I called the police assistance number and gave them all the details, but haven’t heard anything back about it.

Both times, he was been wearing a blue singlet and blue tracksuit pants with a white stripe up the side.

He looks pretty spaced out and stinks, so I assume he’s spent his fortnight’s Centrelink on drugs and is hanging out in the park all night getting high and then skulking around  in the morning saying disgusting things to women on their way to work.

So please be careful, I was pretty freaked out.  Call the cops if you see him as it’s definitely not a one off thing.


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EvanJames EvanJames 10:44 am 21 Feb 11

The Scribbler is probably in the grip of some paranoid condition, and is keeping careful and, in his mind, vital, notes about the doings of whatever it is he’s paranoid about. He might be noting secret signs or patterns or information that he is convinced will be important in the future. Such people often are seeing and hearing things that we don’t, and it’s very real to them. Or they see certain things as proof that something’s going on, or believe that they are signals or communication of some sort.

j4ck j4ck 10:16 am 21 Feb 11

Rollersk8r said :

kezzafezza said :

We have a strange lady that walks around our neighborhood, though not as gross as your creepy man. She wanders up and down Chucuba Cr most of the day, as when I have a day off work I see her out the window quite a few times walking along, always with a fag and sometimes can of beer in hand. She stands down by the entrance to the Kaleen shops and chain smokes for awhile before wandering off.
The other day my husband was unloading the lawnmower from the boot and she walked past and said ‘Oh, that’s a lovely lawnmower! *eyebrow waggling* What sort of lawnmower is that, can I have a closer look?” *more eyebrow waggling* That’s when I walked out the front door and she walked away.

Totally off topic – but if you know this woman then you MUST also know The Random Scribbler?? He’s a skinny little guy with glasses, aged about 60 and he spends most of his time in around the main Kaleen shopping centre scribbling notes with a thick texta. You never know when and where he’s going to show up in and around Kaleen, Giralang or Civic. He can often be spotted crouching in bushes, near bus stops or even on the grass in between lanes on Northbourne. He cetainly puts in long hours, whatever it is he’s working on…

Oh my GOD! Signed up to reply.

I worked at Alzheimer’s ACT for about a year. That’s just up the road from the shops you’re talking about! When I used to go and get lunch I always remember seeing this dude and thinking “Man…what the CRAP is he doing?!” It’s hilarious that other people have noticed him and thought the same things.

The Dark The Dark 9:45 pm 08 Feb 11

geetee said :

The Dark said :

always try to keep your distance from creepy random nutters behind shops… they may follow you.

I’d be far more creeped out by a bunch of teens with a 4×2 than some poor disturbed vagrant..

Haha, yeah, fair enough, I think I should point out though that I picked up the bit of wood BECAUSE we were being followed, it was on the ground near some bins, I didn’t have it with me initially and I tossed it after I thought we were free of him.

Although yeah, the sight of a bunch of teenagers with any sort of weapons can be unnerving, unless they’re on your side, and please don’t judge, some times the only way to save yourself and friends a trip to the ER is picking up whatever is around you at the time against a larger number of other teenagers (if your lucky), having given up on calling the police knowing full well they’re response times to ‘just another pack of kids fighting’ arn’t fantastic.

geetee geetee 2:29 pm 08 Feb 11

The Dark said :

always try to keep your distance from creepy random nutters behind shops… they may follow you.

I’d be far more creeped out by a bunch of teens with a 4×2 than some poor disturbed vagrant..

Genie Genie 2:08 pm 08 Feb 11

kezzafezza said :

Totally off topic – but if you know this woman then you MUST also know The Random Scribbler?? He’s a skinny little guy with glasses, aged about 60 and he spends most of his time in around the main Kaleen shopping centre scribbling notes with a thick texta. You never know when and where he’s going to show up in and around Kaleen, Giralang or Civic. He can often be spotted crouching in bushes, near bus stops or even on the grass in between lanes on Northbourne. He cetainly puts in long hours, whatever it is he’s working on…

This guy fasinates me.. ! I would see him on the buses all the time getting on and off at various spots on the 30 route. Mostly in Kaleen and Giralang.. havent seen him for awhile but. Last time I saw him he was scribbling away in the bus interchange.

Whatever he writes down is barely legiable to anyone but himself…

TooManyRabbitsInChina TooManyRabbitsInChina 10:53 am 08 Feb 11

Was he kind of balding with a somewhat round head? If so, then I encountered the same guy at the Canberra Center on Saturday. He was wearing blue track pants with a white stripe down the side and a blue singlet as well. He hassled me for money at the Anslie Street entrance then proceeded to follow me in past target and all the way along to Aldi. I stopped a cleaner to ask if he could contact security for me. The cleaner was great and had security there in less than two minutes. Security were great too. I described the guy and pointed him out. They said they knew of him, and that contrary to my belief that the guy meant no harm, he was actually one of the more violent ones.

Normally I don’t mind when people ask me for money, but when they follow me yelling insults and abuse, that’s another matter entirely.

Rollersk8r Rollersk8r 10:02 am 08 Feb 11

Drew9 said :

I’m familiar with both of these Kaleen celebrities….

The “strange lady” once accosted me at Kaleen shops and asked if she could “borrow” $3 – why pretend to be “borrowing” and why $3, specifically? Who knows….

I see the note-taking guy around all the time – he’s absolutely harmless (poor guy is mentally ill I suspect). Maybe he’s writing the great Australian novel, but whatever he’s up to, he’s not bothering anyone so good luck to him, I hope he’s enjoying whatever it is that he’s doing.

And speaking of Kaleen/ Giralang celebrities – there’s also Llama Guy – I haven’t seen him for quite a while tho….

As for the creep behind Ainslie shops – that sounds rather more sinister, someone needs to tell him to fuck off out of it and/or tell the cops….

Yes – Llama Guy lives on Chuculba Cres – although haven’t seen him or the llama in months…

The Dark The Dark 12:26 am 08 Feb 11

Very strange…

When I was about 16, myself and about five or six others got followed and really freaked out by a similar sounding guy one night a few years ago at lyneham shops, we were just screwing around with a trolley in the back (empty btw, safety first and whatnot) carpark before heading back to a party, when a mate of mine crashed and the noise caused this guy to lurk out of nowhere mumbling and staring, an insane, zoned out, blank but really intense staring, it was too strange so we left and a minute or so later on our way through an alley we realised he was following us, still staring and mumbling. Some of my mates started getting pretty scared so i picked up a 2×4 and explained to him what would happen if he didn’t cut the S**t and leave us alone, it made him stop and we thought that was the end of it so we kept going, looking over our shoulder every few second until a few minutes later we realised he was still following us, no longer perturbed by the 2×4 i had tossed only a minute or so before, that was enough, we all just ran. Never seen the guy since and he never caught up with us.

It was one of the creepiest things I’ve ever seen.

Bit off topic, but my point is, always try to keep your distance from creepy random nutters behind shops… they may follow you.

I-filed I-filed 11:48 pm 07 Feb 11

Kerryhemsley said :

You can take the man out of the public service ………………………….

And vice versa. The er, eccentric, “philosopher” from Ainslie Village who for many years drove a little blue sedan around with a big billboard bolted on top with anti-reptoid leftie rants joined Immigration I believe …

Sheridan Sheridan 9:32 pm 07 Feb 11

i see the random scribbler in the mornings too, but he is quite harmless. he appears to be writing down numbers and circling them. for a while i thought he was a ‘bus spotter’ but not too sure now.

this other guy is bad news though…

darkmilk darkmilk 8:02 pm 07 Feb 11

The Llama guy was at the farmers markets just a couple of weeks ago…

Ryan Ryan 6:06 pm 07 Feb 11

Rollersk8r said :

Totally off topic – but if you know this woman then you MUST also know The Random Scribbler??

Ah, yes. Used to see him all the time on the corner of Mort and Bunda Streets, scribbling away in his notebooks. Never have managed to see what exactly he was writing. Once saw somebody ask him if he needed directions or something and got a muttered response of the incomprehensible variety.

Drew9 Drew9 5:58 pm 07 Feb 11

I’m familiar with both of these Kaleen celebrities….

The “strange lady” once accosted me at Kaleen shops and asked if she could “borrow” $3 – why pretend to be “borrowing” and why $3, specifically? Who knows….

I see the note-taking guy around all the time – he’s absolutely harmless (poor guy is mentally ill I suspect). Maybe he’s writing the great Australian novel, but whatever he’s up to, he’s not bothering anyone so good luck to him, I hope he’s enjoying whatever it is that he’s doing.

And speaking of Kaleen/ Giralang celebrities – there’s also Llama Guy – I haven’t seen him for quite a while tho….

As for the creep behind Ainslie shops – that sounds rather more sinister, someone needs to tell him to fuck off out of it and/or tell the cops….

Kerryhemsley Kerryhemsley 5:29 pm 07 Feb 11

Rollersk8r said :

kezzafezza said :

We have a strange lady that walks around our neighborhood, though not as gross as your creepy man. She wanders up and down Chucuba Cr most of the day, as when I have a day off work I see her out the window quite a few times walking along, always with a fag and sometimes can of beer in hand. She stands down by the entrance to the Kaleen shops and chain smokes for awhile before wandering off.
The other day my husband was unloading the lawnmower from the boot and she walked past and said ‘Oh, that’s a lovely lawnmower! *eyebrow waggling* What sort of lawnmower is that, can I have a closer look?” *more eyebrow waggling* That’s when I walked out the front door and she walked away.

Totally off topic – but if you know this woman then you MUST also know The Random Scribbler?? He’s a skinny little guy with glasses, aged about 60 and he spends most of his time in around the main Kaleen shopping centre scribbling notes with a thick texta. You never know when and where he’s going to show up in and around Kaleen, Giralang or Civic. He can often be spotted crouching in bushes, near bus stops or even on the grass in between lanes on Northbourne. He cetainly puts in long hours, whatever it is he’s working on…

You can take the man out of the public service ………………………….

gospeedygo gospeedygo 5:00 pm 07 Feb 11

Well how is going to ever going to be able to do these filthy things if he doesn’t ask? Captai……perverts are people too.

screaming banshee screaming banshee 4:40 pm 07 Feb 11

He must go through some notebooks too.

sid sid 4:21 pm 07 Feb 11

Rollersk8r said :

kezzafezza said :

Totally off topic – but if you know this woman then you MUST also know The Random Scribbler?? He’s a skinny little guy with glasses, aged about 60 and he spends most of his time in around the main Kaleen shopping centre scribbling notes with a thick texta. You never know when and where he’s going to show up in and around Kaleen, Giralang or Civic. He can often be spotted crouching in bushes, near bus stops or even on the grass in between lanes on Northbourne. He cetainly puts in long hours, whatever it is he’s working on…

This guy fascinates me. I’ve always wanted to see what it is he’s scribbling away at. I thought for ages he was drawing stuff because he always looks up at the same point in the distance, then back down to his notes again, then back up, and so on. Managed to see his pad a few weeks ago and it’s just words. Couldn’t read ’em though. Mystery continues.

p1 p1 4:03 pm 07 Feb 11

Rollersk8r said :

He cetainly puts in long hours, whatever it is he’s working on…

Anti Reptoid Manifesto.

p1 p1 4:01 pm 07 Feb 11

Rollersk8r said :

Rollersk8r Rollersk8r 3:44 pm 07 Feb 11

kezzafezza said :

We have a strange lady that walks around our neighborhood, though not as gross as your creepy man. She wanders up and down Chucuba Cr most of the day, as when I have a day off work I see her out the window quite a few times walking along, always with a fag and sometimes can of beer in hand. She stands down by the entrance to the Kaleen shops and chain smokes for awhile before wandering off.
The other day my husband was unloading the lawnmower from the boot and she walked past and said ‘Oh, that’s a lovely lawnmower! *eyebrow waggling* What sort of lawnmower is that, can I have a closer look?” *more eyebrow waggling* That’s when I walked out the front door and she walked away.

Totally off topic – but if you know this woman then you MUST also know The Random Scribbler?? He’s a skinny little guy with glasses, aged about 60 and he spends most of his time in around the main Kaleen shopping centre scribbling notes with a thick texta. You never know when and where he’s going to show up in and around Kaleen, Giralang or Civic. He can often be spotted crouching in bushes, near bus stops or even on the grass in between lanes on Northbourne. He cetainly puts in long hours, whatever it is he’s working on…

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