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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! 

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Special G 10:35 am 02 Jun 09

Igglepiggle said :

Get a PO box. We did that after the 4 year old next door started stealing our mail (when we were living in Monash)

With a name like iggle piggle I am surprised you find this behaviour odd.

peterh 9:53 am 02 Jun 09

bd84 said :

sit on the porch with a shotgun

and a corn pipe, rockin chair and overalls? reservin that option for when my daughter is of datin age. hehehe.

deezagood 9:51 am 02 Jun 09

peterh said :

Emlyn Ward said :

perhaps you should explain to us what you mean by catching? did he strike the kid and throw him to the ground, roughly?

Gosh I hope so!

ChrisinTurner 9:47 am 02 Jun 09

Sounds like the ACT Government has had enough of being the only state that still allows fireworks.

peterh 9:39 am 02 Jun 09

Emlyn Ward said :

An old friend of mine heard his letterbox going up one night and he ran outside so quickly he caught one of the kids responsible.

Do you reckon the cops congratulated and thanked him on doing their jobs for them?
Not on your nelly!
They were very upset and told him he was lucky not to be charged with something himself.

Being a lawyer, of course, he knew they were full of $%#@ and told them to shut up and do their job.

perhaps you should explain to us what you mean by catching? did he strike the kid and throw him to the ground, roughly?

deezagood 9:39 am 02 Jun 09

Emlyn Ward said :

An old friend of mine heard his letterbox going up one night and he ran outside so quickly he caught one of the kids responsible.

Do you reckon the cops congratulated and thanked him on doing their jobs for them?
Not on your nelly!
They were very upset and told him he was lucky not to be charged with something himself.

Being a lawyer, of course, he knew they were full of $%#@ and told them to shut up and do their job.

That is unbelievable – the police should be thanking your friend for catching the rotten little vandal. My friend not only got her letterbox blown up, but when trying to remove the twisted metal remains, cut open her hand and was unable to go to work yesterday (her job involves frequent hand-washing). A new letterbox will cost money and she has lost income. This isn’tjust a funny prank, it is a crime and the criminals deserve to be caught and prosecuted.

Emlyn Ward 8:18 am 02 Jun 09

An old friend of mine heard his letterbox going up one night and he ran outside so quickly he caught one of the kids responsible.

Do you reckon the cops congratulated and thanked him on doing their jobs for them?
Not on your nelly!
They were very upset and told him he was lucky not to be charged with something himself.

Being a lawyer, of course, he knew they were full of $%#@ and told them to shut up and do their job.

bd84 11:01 pm 01 Jun 09

sit on the porch with a shotgun

Skippy67 9:07 pm 01 Jun 09

I guess the there is a disjunction between a person’s use of fireworks and a their intelligence. Or maybe its an inverse relationship? The more of one, the less of the other.

ahappychappy 8:23 pm 01 Jun 09

deezagood said :

Maybe exploding letter boxes aren’t too bad in the scheme of things. Last night, my neighbor found that human faeces (at least it looked to be human and not canine) had been spread all of the bonnet of his car in a creative swirling pattern. Somebody had also taken a leak all over his car. The good news – the bloody revolting idiots left a big pile of their rubbish on his car too – complete with their empty cigarette packet, some empty bottles …. and a purchase receipt with efpost details on it as well as a birthday card with names on it. Bad luck bogans.

Sounds like an awesome Sunday night to me… but seriously, what drives someone to take a dump on a persons car? Just like one night I came out to find kids putting the tanbark outside my parents house on my car? Why bother?

goose 6:52 pm 01 Jun 09

chewy14 said :

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.

Fill the bin with concrete – they will feel the after effects 🙂

deezagood 4:59 pm 01 Jun 09

Igglepiggle said :

Get a PO box. We did that after the 4 year old next door started stealing our mail (when we were living in Monash)

Now that is a practical and sensible idea Igglepiggle! Are they expensive? More importantly, are they cracker-proof?

Igglepiggle 4:54 pm 01 Jun 09

Get a PO box. We did that after the 4 year old next door started stealing our mail (when we were living in Monash)

Jim Jones 4:17 pm 01 Jun 09

There was a dude in Hawker College who stole industrial grade explosives and did over a concrete and steel letterbox back in the early 90s. You could hear the BOOM for miles, but the sound of this young mans pants being soiled – occurring only seconds later – was reserved for the select few.

Eventually he got done by the coppers.

Explosions are fun, but you should do your homework first.

I lived in a house with a concrete and steel letterbox that was smashed to bits with a sledgehammer – which was much quieter, and probably *almost* as fun for the culprits.

Ceej1973 4:16 pm 01 Jun 09

There is a dumped clapped out carney car (early model Commodore) dumped at the roadworks down by Tharwa & Drakeford Drive roundabout. Looks like its got some serious ramming dammage! Anyway, even if it is the responsible car, what will get done. The cops are the least to care. I swear we will soon see the rise of vigilante groups.

AngryHenry 4:08 pm 01 Jun 09

Spectra said :

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).

That sounds like a challenge to me!!!

Eventually, they will lose a hand, eye, fingers, their hearing or all of the above and you should be right then, until the next idiot comes along.

chewy14 3:02 pm 01 Jun 09

Jim Jones said :

canberratowie2 said :

chewy14 said :

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.

We must be in the same street chewy or close to each other. Every bin in our street was sent flying at 3 am today and I could hear it happening for about half a hour

What is wrong with this world ? if this is the shit were in now think what its going to be like in another 10 20 and 30 years !!!

I know people who used to do that 10 years ago. I fail to see why someone knocking over garbage bins is a sign of the degeneration of society into an anarchic apocalypse.

Its the End Days Jim.

seriously, if all they did was knock a few bins over i wouldn’t have cared.

But driving a car (probably stolen because it must have done some damage) at full pace into them, leaving broken bins and rubbish everywhere is another story.

Ceej1973 2:02 pm 01 Jun 09

Jim Jones said :

canberratowie2 said :

chewy14 said :

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.

We must be in the same street chewy or close to each other. Every bin in our street was sent flying at 3 am today and I could hear it happening for about half a hour

What is wrong with this world ? if this is the shit were in now think what its going to be like in another 10 20 and 30 years !!!

I know people who used to do that 10 years ago. I fail to see why someone knocking over garbage bins is a sign of the degeneration of society into an anarchic apocalypse.

It wouldnt happen to be Bugden Avenue fadden by any chance. Ditto for 5 years ago. Bin towing at 80-100kmh a common practice along long streets!

Mr Evil 2:01 pm 01 Jun 09

chewy14 said :

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.

But then there’ll be another bloody roadside shrine erected outside someone’s house in Canberra!

Basic rule of thumb: don’t use Australia Post posting boxes anytime between 6pm Friday and 6am Monday.

Davo111 said :

Inappropriate said :

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

No one would keep fireworks stored for 360 days, then take them out a week before they can buy them again to blow up a few letterboxes. That’s just silly

Maybe it was the Lemon Chicken from Lanyon Valley Chinese Restaurant?

Jim Jones 1:45 pm 01 Jun 09

canberratowie2 said :

chewy14 said :

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.

We must be in the same street chewy or close to each other. Every bin in our street was sent flying at 3 am today and I could hear it happening for about half a hour

What is wrong with this world ? if this is the shit were in now think what its going to be like in another 10 20 and 30 years !!!

I know people who used to do that 10 years ago. I fail to see why someone knocking over garbage bins is a sign of the degeneration of society into an anarchic apocalypse.

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