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Tuggeranong Teen re-enacts star wars garbage compactor scene

By johnboy - 15 June 2013 26

ACT Policing has issued a warning regarding the dangers of entering or sleeping in dumpster bins following an incident earlier this morning (Saturday, June 15).

Around 4.40am Tuggeranong Patrol members responded to a report of a 15-year-old teenager trapped in the rear compactor of a commercial garbage truck.

The driver of the vehicle had emptied several large dumpster bins in the Greenway area and heard banging and yelling coming from the compactor at the rear of the vehicle.

Tuggeranong Patrol members responded and confirmed that the teenager was trapped in the compactor. He had been sleeping in a dumpster bin which was emptied into the compactor during the driver’s early morning rounds.

Police were able to shut the vehicle down and sight the teenager. He was located beneath an opening on the roof of the vehicle at the bottom of a two metre drop.

The teenager was not trapped, but had sustained injuries to his lower arms and wrists and could not be safely extracted due to the heights involved.

ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Ambulance Service attended the scene. ACT Fire & Rescue members entered the compartment and extricated the teenager utilising ladders.

He was then treated on scene by ambulance members before being transported to The Canberra Hospital.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Tuggeranong Teen re-enacts star wars garbage compactor scene
gazket 11:23 am 16 Jun 13

We have no money to help Australians sleeping in garbage bins. Yet we have a federal government proudly spending billions to help save illegal immigrants and put a roof at any cost over their heads.

TheBusDriver 10:43 am 16 Jun 13

Kayem said :

Pork Hunt said :

poetix said :

Possibly homeless. Imagine living outside in this weather.

Do you think so? Most teenagers would have someone they can couch surf with.

How very presumptuous of you, sir. I’ve had people rock up to my house at the 11th hour asking if they can stay at my place rather than sleeping in their car. From there, it is only a hop, skip and a jump to not having a car to sleep in, not having friends to stay with, not having rellos to sleep with. Couch surfing is a temporary solution to an ongoing problem of homelessness. How very uncaring to suggest that the solution to homelessness is couch surfing.

As a bus driver I get all sorts of people who get on the late night services and go up the back to just sleep for the trip. They often know what seats have heaters under them and they choose those ones. When I drive govvy busses I feel sad to have to ask them to leave when we get to Tuggers or Belco. I’ve seen kids and teens in a sad plight. They get on the bus and you can tell they have not washed in days and are thin. Some pay, some don’t have the money. You get to know which ones are rough sleepers. They all head out of Civic where they get breakfast to Belco to get lunch then back to Civic for supper. On Fridays they hang around the Interchange asking for money while they wait for the night kitchen. There’s a lot more teens and kids on the streets than most people might expect. I’ve come to recognise a few of them and tell them if they sit and don’t bother people I won’t ask them for a fare because they need it more than the bus does.
It does not surprise me at all that they would be sleeping in a dumpster.
As a society, Canberra is all about caring for number 1, the family unit. We’ve let our homeless kids and teens down very badly.

bundah 10:18 am 16 Jun 13

Mr Evil said :

I hope his spirit hasn’t been crushed.

Nah I don’t think he’s down in the dumps any longer..

Mr Evil 5:53 am 16 Jun 13

I hope his spirit hasn’t been crushed.

bundah 10:45 pm 15 Jun 13

Kayem said :

bundah said :

That must’ve been a crushing experience,well almost!

FXST01 said :

What a load of garbage.

Pork Hunt said :

Must have been trashed to sleep in a dumpster…

Spiral said :

Perhaps he was white trash?

Wow. The sympathy for someone who’s best option was to sleep in a rubbish bin in overwhelming. Imagine the great puns we could have all made if he’d been killed? That would have been super funny.

Had he not escaped relatively unscathed none of us would obviously have even considered throwing puns around so lighten up.

Kayem 9:37 pm 15 Jun 13

Pork Hunt said :

poetix said :

Possibly homeless. Imagine living outside in this weather.

Do you think so? Most teenagers would have someone they can couch surf with.

How very presumptuous of you, sir. I’ve had people rock up to my house at the 11th hour asking if they can stay at my place rather than sleeping in their car. From there, it is only a hop, skip and a jump to not having a car to sleep in, not having friends to stay with, not having rellos to sleep with. Couch surfing is a temporary solution to an ongoing problem of homelessness. How very uncaring to suggest that the solution to homelessness is couch surfing.

Kayem 9:06 pm 15 Jun 13

poetix said :

Possibly homeless. Imagine living outside in this weather.

Possibly right. Either homeless or affected by drugs or alcohol. Doesn’t really matter if we can make a joke from the warmth of our home sitting behind our computer at the expense of someone obviously worse off than ourselves.

Pork Hunt 9:03 pm 15 Jun 13

poetix said :

Possibly homeless. Imagine living outside in this weather.

Do you think so? Most teenagers would have someone they can couch surf with.

poetix 8:47 pm 15 Jun 13

Possibly homeless. Imagine living outside in this weather.

Kayem 8:21 pm 15 Jun 13

bundah said :

That must’ve been a crushing experience,well almost!

FXST01 said :

What a load of garbage.

Pork Hunt said :

Must have been trashed to sleep in a dumpster…

Spiral said :

Perhaps he was white trash?

Wow. The sympathy for someone who’s best option was to sleep in a rubbish bin in overwhelming. Imagine the great puns we could have all made if he’d been killed? That would have been super funny.

el 6:59 pm 15 Jun 13

A lucky escape, but a very sad situation for the young lad involved by the sounds of things.

Spiral 6:13 pm 15 Jun 13

Perhaps he was white trash?

Pork Hunt 5:12 pm 15 Jun 13

Must have been trashed to sleep in a dumpster…

FXST01 2:26 pm 15 Jun 13

What a load of garbage.

bundah 12:17 pm 15 Jun 13

That must’ve been a crushing experience,well almost!

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