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Want to be a snitch for a movie ticket?

By johnboy - 5 June 2012 34

Justice and Community Safety have published their latest effort to recruit the next generation of police informants.

The Office of Regulatory Services monitors retail compliance with the cigarette ‘sale to minors’ provision of
the Tobacco Act 1927. The Act prohibits the sale of smoking products to anyone under the age of 18.
The Office is introducing a program of compliance testing throughout the ACT. The testing is undertaken
with the assistance of persons between the ages of 15-16 years acting as purchasing assistants.
Applicants must be:
• a non-smoker
• 15 or 16 years of age
• have parental consent and
• be committed to the prevention of the sale of smoking products to minors.
NOTE: Purchasing assistants will receive gift vouchers or movie tickets for their involvement.

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Want to be a snitch for a movie ticket?
MWF 7:39 pm 05 Jun 12

My kid wants to be a snitch for a movie ticket!

He did clam to think it involved carrying a leather briefcase with the purchased contraband inside; secreting the briefcase under a bench in an inner city park and then hiding behind a tree to secretly watch someone from ASIO switch briefcases. And then, he could secretly collect the new briefcase which would contain BULK movie tickets and BULK shopping vouchers and details of his next assignment written in a secret ASIO code, of course.

My kid is a sarcastic little so and so and he is actually applying. 🙂

Furry Jesus 7:17 pm 05 Jun 12

How else to police the relevant law, which we should remember is aimed at protecting children from easy access to cigarettes?

What’s the alternative? Asking tobacco retailers to self-enforce a rigorous code of practice? We no longer allow police to investigate themselves in matters of corruption. Are we saying that tobacco retailers are as upstanding and honorable as, say, priests. No, bad example…bank managers…HSU officials…no, this isn’t working…newly elected Qld premiers…media magnates…shopping trolley collectors…

buzz819 6:45 pm 05 Jun 12

damien haas said :

There is something very unsettling about this.

What are your thoughts on it? Why does it unsettle you? Looking at the Tobacco Act, it was put in so that authorized officers, in this case not Police, can act on information that they have received about an area.

From what the act does state, it appears that this type of thing can only be implemented at places where ORS has received a number of complaints about the shops selling to minors, this is seen to be the best way to gain evidence on the offences.

Cheap 6:34 pm 05 Jun 12

Here’s an idea, go to shop, buy cigarettes then extort the shop owner by telling him your an underage informant! That bottle of vodka over there looks mighty tasty…

damien haas 6:22 pm 05 Jun 12

There is something very unsettling about this.

c_c 6:22 pm 05 Jun 12

Good idea but I wonder about entrapment. Interstate, courts have not rejected the evidence in stings like this, but all you need is some do gooder justice in the ACT and a citation of the Human Rights Act to have it thrown out.

buzz819 5:23 pm 05 Jun 12

Lookout Smithers said :

What a short sighted and stupid practice. Im sure that it would be far more beneficial if they were able to do it without needing to be bribed. The outcome long term will just mean that some kids will have been taught from the outset that narking on others comes with a treat. The time will come for them to speak up but there won’t be anything in it for them so they won’t bother. Stupid idea

Ummm… So prosecuting people for breaking the law is short sighted?

It says nothing about getting paid if you catch them out, just says that your payment will be the vouchers for trying to purchase the cigarettes.

johnboy 5:21 pm 05 Jun 12

Well all you need is some publicity for the program even if you never get a volunteer!

snoopydoc 5:13 pm 05 Jun 12

Nothing wrong with this at all. I’d be curious to see how many retailers get caught out before they cotton on to what’s happening.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 4:48 pm 05 Jun 12

Helping stop illegal practise is a bad thing? What is this, primary school?

Lookout Smithers 3:59 pm 05 Jun 12

What a short sighted and stupid practice. Im sure that it would be far more beneficial if they were able to do it without needing to be bribed. The outcome long term will just mean that some kids will have been taught from the outset that narking on others comes with a treat. The time will come for them to speak up but there won’t be anything in it for them so they won’t bother. Stupid idea

dundle 3:24 pm 05 Jun 12

Why don’t they get paid properly? There’s something creepy about this and the lack of pay makes it worse. Maybe they only work in 5 minute shifts so they can’t be paid properly?

While I think it’s creepy now I used to think when I was young this would be fun, sadly they didn’t have it then.

poetix 3:17 pm 05 Jun 12

And what if one of the sweet little snitches becomes addicted to ciggies due to participation in the scheme? He or she would be just the type to sue, I’m sure. ‘I never wanted to smoke before they told me to buy some.’

buzz819 2:28 pm 05 Jun 12

Dilandach said :

Inform on your family and friends, fabulous prizes to be won!

I think it is more targeting shops and servo’s more then friends and family, notice it asks for a non-smoker and the position is called a purchase assistant.

Dilandach 2:18 pm 05 Jun 12

Inform on your family and friends, fabulous prizes to be won!

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