Police bling

johnboy 28 March 2007 40

I’ve been noticing some of our police cars are a lot flashier these days.

Would we, perhaps, prefer a more utilitarian and cheaper get out?

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40 Responses to Police bling
neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 2:34 pm 03 Apr 07

I wouldn’t know – I don’t speed.
Where I come from, if you speed:
They shoot your tyres out
pull you out of the car at gunpoint
spread you over the bonnet face down
shout loudly in your face, threatening to do nasty things to you.
-You wouldn’t want to be rude & impolite.

Hasdrubahl obviously had dealings with the QLD police before the Fitzgerald Inquiry.

bonfire bonfire 12:00 pm 03 Apr 07

heres a cool police car site:


Maelinar Maelinar 11:23 am 03 Apr 07

The paintjob doesn’t inspire me with ‘responsible and down-to-earth organisation that is charged with looking after my best interests from the criminal element’ feelings.

The old paintjob, aka the standard colour scheme, does.

Perhaps they should leave the dressy paintwork to the people they are pulling over, and save the taxpayer a few quid at the same time – the more complex a paintjob, the more lucrative the contract.

Hasdrubahl Hasdrubahl 1:55 pm 31 Mar 07

No, that’s ‘manly Beamer’.

caf caf 11:06 pm 30 Mar 07

When I first saw bonfire talking about his Stanley Steamer I assumed it was rhyming slang for a BMW.

Rara Rara 5:43 pm 30 Mar 07

When I was travelling through Africa my Dad attempted to convince me that I should purchase cigarettes as they are apparently essential exchange gifts at borders….Needless to say I ignored my father (like any stubborn daughter) – I purchased nil cigarretes and had no issues at all.

We did have one small incident in Tanzania when we got on the bus from the border of Kenya to Dar Es Salaam, we had a rest break half way along the journey and when we got back on the bus we couldn’t find a seat, it turned out we had not booked seats the whole way through – so we did end up paying the full fare to the conductor’s back pocket to have the priviledge of sitting on our backpacks in the aisle for the remaining 5 hours of the trip!

That definately wouldn’t happen in Aus – they would just leave you stranded and shitty!

The Africans are so helpful and friendly 🙂

Thumper Thumper 2:48 pm 30 Mar 07

Totally valid when the said cop is holding an AK47.


Nik_the_Pig Nik_the_Pig 2:17 pm 30 Mar 07

And I assure you any hard currency I fold into my passport is for “Departure Tax” or some other similar totally valid govermental charge 😉

captainwhorebags captainwhorebags 11:12 am 30 Mar 07

terubo: I’ve always wondered how to handle that situation in a foreign country. If it backfires, you can be in a whole crapload of trouble there, and when you get home too. It’s a crime under Australian law to bribe a foreign official.

Still, I’ve heard that through most of Africa, and parts of the former Soviet Union, you won’t cross a border without handing the officer your passport and some hard currency folded in it.

jemmy jemmy 8:24 am 30 Mar 07

I reckon bonfire was using a metaphor for something blowing a bit of smoke and steam. OTOH, if it’s a real Stanley Steamer, when can I come over to drool 😉 ?

terubo terubo 7:36 am 30 Mar 07

Different countries, different customs:
Was with a mate in Malaysia some years ago, on the highway to Malacca…he got pulled over for speeding.
He just handed the cop a couple of banknotes, cop smiled and saluted him, off we went, no worries.
-Anybody ever tried that here?

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 9:33 pm 29 Mar 07

Nowadays, with the hindsight of maturity, I would probably endorse the Thumper/bonfire method – simply because it might save you the cost of a half-decent bottle of red. But it’s all evolutionary really, back then my response could reasonably be described as being toned down … but that would be off topic.

Dagget Dagget 3:29 pm 29 Mar 07


I didn’t know either so sorta filled in some time researching….

stan_bowles stan_bowles 2:57 pm 29 Mar 07

This might be a stupid questions…but what is a Stanley Steamer?

bonfire bonfire 1:01 pm 29 Mar 07

cop attitude also helps.

only had one ‘nasty’ encounter with act police.

at a xmas rbt roadstop a fat sergeant took exception to the stanley steamer and started shouting things like – stop him , get him to the side of the road’ gesticulating wildly to the underlings and SHOUTING everything.

he naturally defected me, even though i showed him the engineering certificate. he told me i was ‘interfering’ and did i want to be charged.

he was rude and objectionable. i suspect he was showing off to some new recruits. or he might have been having a shit day and as ive found with women, you dont provoke upset people.

i raised his behaviour with a friend who is a cop and he id’d him straightaway and said he had form.

anyway, i just copped it, drove through the dickson RTA sheds the next week and went on my way.

most of my other dealings with act cops have been ok – bar the defects they plague me with.

i swear they have a quota.

Hasdrubahl Hasdrubahl 12:28 pm 29 Mar 07

None at all. Go back to work.

kimba kimba 12:25 pm 29 Mar 07

Hasdrubahl didn’t like Lee Kuan Yew receiving an honorary doctorate from the ANU as he ran an autocratic state but doesn’t have a problem if police “pull you out of the car at gunpoint” etc. Of course no hypocrisy here!

Hasdrubahl Hasdrubahl 11:55 am 29 Mar 07

I wouldn’t know – I don’t speed.
Where I come from, if you speed:
They shoot your tyres out
pull you out of the car at gunpoint
spread you over the bonnet face down
shout loudly in your face, threatening to do nasty things to you.
-You wouldn’t want to be rude & impolite.

Maybe we need more of that here.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 11:30 am 29 Mar 07

Although I have noticed that the cops are a lot more polite now they have audio recorders (at least in NSW).

That XR8 doesn’t excite me much. I don’t know why they don’t just use base model Falc/Commy, given they don’t seem to chase people above about 160km/h anyway.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 11:28 am 29 Mar 07

The language you use is more an issue when you try to convince a speed camera not to give you a ticket.

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