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Public transport not safe

By Joe Canberran - 13 January 2008 27

What is going on it this town?

Last week we had a taxi driver sexually assault a female fare (and I’m sure I read somewhere that her sig other was in the cab with her at the time).

Now it’s the cabbies who aren’t safe with a brawl starting in the City cab rank in the early hours of Saturday morning and the taxis now refusing to pick people up from in town (the CT indicates 50 cab drivers were involved in the City pick-up boycott for last night only but I had heard that it was all cabs and it was an indefinite thing).

And now (can’t find anything online to confirm yet) a mate (not the most reliable of sources, I know) tells me that in the deep south last night a bus had a beer bottle thrown through it’s front window al a what’s been happening in Sydney recently. Can we expect a bus driver’s strike too? or some areas of Canberra to be black listed or become no-go areas for public transport?

It boggles the mind.

[Ed – apologies Adza, who posted a similar story, this came in first.]

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KarlG 11:43 am 26 Jan 08

In response to the post by Devil_n_Disquiz stating that CabXpress might be to blame by not contributing to security, maybe these facts may assist:
Aerial removed their security from Alinga rank several months before CabXpress commenced operation.
Aerial attempted to oblige CabXpress to pay exactly half for the airport commissionaire, and when CabXpress declined on the grounds that CabXpress has only a fraction of the fleet with Aerial has, Aerial removed the commissionaire.

Security in public places is generally the job of the government, usually through the police force.

Thumper 10:30 am 15 Jan 08

Yep, that’s reasonably true. It is, at least, cold.

but you can get other chilled beers there.

caf 10:28 am 15 Jan 08

Someone was telling me the other day that desperate Australians drink Fosters in London because it’s the only beer that you can be certain will be served cold. So maybe that’s where they get the idea.

Thumper 8:18 am 15 Jan 08

Second that…

Only Fosters rates lower.

Bizarre to think that Londonites believe that we actually drink Fosters in Australia.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 10:19 pm 14 Jan 08

ctd – VB tastes like crap after the first SIP!

vandam 10:13 pm 14 Jan 08

Ok so firstly the Govt maintain the cameras (well suppose to) and it is set up in the Police station so that it can be monitored and incidents responded too ASAP. Unfort the Govt finds the need to spend money on sports grounds and water signs rather than public safety.

Secondly there was a altercation between a male and female at the taxi rank. The cabbie stepped in and made it his own business, (prob swore a bit, which is wise when your on your own and your at a line of drunks) then the altercation moved to involved the cabbie. Then the other cabbies got involved and called for other cabs before even calling Police!

To be honest, yes the cabbies put up with a lot of crap on a friday and saturday night, but hey, if your going to try and be a hero and step in the middle of a rowdy crowd, then u deserve what you get. None of this would’ve happened if he had just called Police to deal with and carried on with his work! Oh and it didn’t help with ethic stuff either. Drunk ‘Aussie kids’ are appallingly racist.

ctd 2:50 pm 14 Jan 08

An increase in antisocial behavior after 12 schooners?

I blame the brewers. in the old days, when you could only drink VB, getting that 9th one down was a struggle cos VB just starts tasting crap after the first 8. And so you never got to 12. Now we have tasty beers, you can drink all night. Coopers has a lot to answer for.

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