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The Night of the Exploding Letter Box (Tuggers Thugs Strike Again)

By deezagood - 1 June 2009 40

As a relative newcomer to Canberra, my network here isn’t huge … which makes it all the more surprising that not one, not two, but three of my local friends (two in Fadden, one in Monash) had their letter boxes blown to smithereens last night. 

I wonder if these were the same thugs moving through different suburbs or was there some sort organised letter-box attack?

Does a spate of this type of thing always occur around fire-cracker event weekends like the Queen’s birthday? 

We could be next … how does one deter this type of vandalism? So many questions! 

What’s Your opinion?


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The Night of the Exploding Letter Box (Tuggers Thugs Strike Again)
Ceej1973 11:49 am 01 Jun 09

Ceej1973 said :

Chifley?!?!?! WOW they are bridging out, and here I was thinking that we only get carneys & bogans in the valley.

“ooops msg to self”… take wick out before lighting cracker ! I meant Charnwood not Chifley!

Holden Caulfield 11:37 am 01 Jun 09

Inappropriate said :

Fairly typical around Queen’s Birthday long weekend I’m afraid.

How can this be? I keep getting told fireworks are only ever used by those just having a bit of fun and with good regard for the rest of the community.

peterh 11:37 am 01 Jun 09

Die Lefty Scum said :

I’m ashamed to admit that in my younger days I too engaged in this particular activity. But this was back in the 80’s when some of the crackers you could get at Fred’s would comfortably take your hand off if you held on too long.

or if you made a mistake and put a lit one in your back pocket, you had a very nasty surprise? mate did that. still makes me laugh to think of it. idiot.

peterh 11:36 am 01 Jun 09

Whatsup said :

Whilst teenagers roam the streets looking for entertainment and fireworks being available then letterboxes will be blown up. This is of course unless parents actually install some respect for others property in their kids, call me old fashioned but it might actually work.

perhaps having a family curfew might work as well?

Die Lefty Scum 11:35 am 01 Jun 09

I’m ashamed to admit that in my younger days I too engaged in this particular activity. But this was back in the 80’s when some of the crackers you could get at Fred’s would comfortably take your hand off if you held on too long.

Ceej1973 11:35 am 01 Jun 09

Chifley?!?!?! WOW they are bridging out, and here I was thinking that we only get carneys & bogans in the valley.

weeziepops 11:30 am 01 Jun 09

#2 – laughed so hard my drink came out my nostrils…

Whatsup 11:17 am 01 Jun 09

Whilst teenagers roam the streets looking for entertainment and fireworks being available then letterboxes will be blown up. This is of course unless parents actually install some respect for others property in their kids, call me old fashioned but it might actually work.

peterh 10:35 am 01 Jun 09

Hugh Lews said :

….I grew up in Canberra and YES this is pretty standard around June long weekend. Next weekend will be worse.

Typically, they will look for wooden letterboxes. Cement or brick letterboxes dont blow up with your standard firecrackers.

So Ive heard…

oh, i don’t know. back in the day we used to be able to shatter a few. They seem to build the letterboxes a bit better these days. And that was in charnwood, of course.

the new practice of driving down the street and lobbing them out the window makes me wish that, for once, the yob throwing them out would drop one in the car. I would love to see that.

Hugh Lews 10:20 am 01 Jun 09

….I grew up in Canberra and YES this is pretty standard around June long weekend. Next weekend will be worse.

Typically, they will look for wooden letterboxes. Cement or brick letterboxes dont blow up with your standard firecrackers.

So Ive heard…

puzzlepunk 10:15 am 01 Jun 09

use email.

Spectra 9:43 am 01 Jun 09

how does one deter this type of vandalism?

After the second explosion of my parents’ letterbox, my dad built a brand new one out of steel plates, bolted together with a solidity that would make a tank jealous. That seemed to do the trick nicely (and even if it hadn’t deterred them, the odds of “punk kids” getting their hands on enough Semtex to do any damage to that thing were pretty low).

Skidbladnir 9:36 am 01 Jun 09

I say you’re just more conscious of the random explosions at this time of year because of the profile of our annual fireworks weekend.
The explosive kind of fireworks are illegal all year round, so not subject to any Queen’s Birthday seasonal availability.

We have an abundance of bored teenagers, and if you’re listening for it you can hear them all throughout the year, but most commonly in the summer months, as then its easier for them to stay out late and not get hypothermia\attract a layer of frost.

(Our approach to people forever trying to detonate our letterbox (also in Fadden) was just to embed a steel letterbox housing into a concrete & brick structure. It has since lasted fifteen years.)

chewy14 9:23 am 01 Jun 09

Also to the asbsolute F**ktards who drove down our street at three in the morning smashing every garbage bin in sight, I hope the next time you try it one of the bins smashes through the windscreen and you die.

Inappropriate 9:22 am 01 Jun 09

Fairly typical around Queen’s Birthday long weekend I’m afraid.

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