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What happened to our community?

By FormerlyCommunityMindedCanberrans - 4 July 2013 82

When did it become acceptable to resort to criminal behaviour over the issue of ‘parking’? It is assault to abuse someone and it is vandalism to damage someone elses’ property. The street in which you live is not “yours”.

It is not ok to run out of your house and shout at someone for parking in “your” street. It is not ok to leave a note on someone’s car telling them not to park on “your” street. It is not ok to run a key along someone’s car or “egg” it because it is parked on “your” street.

Have Canberrans forgotten that we live in a community? That we all pay our taxes to the local Government so that we can enjoy the benefits of that community? If someone chooses to walk 10, 20, 30 minutes or more to walk to avoid paying for parking so what? They pay to live in this community – why are they not allowed to enjoy it?

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What happened to our community?
PBO 12:02 pm 04 Jul 13

Barcham said :

Tooks said :

It is assault to abuse someone

No it isn’t.

The rest of your rant I agree with, but I’ve gotta say, none of that has ever happened to me. Maybe move to a nicer neighbourhood 🙂

Actually it is, at least legally.

This is a great example of how soft we have become as a society, Someone did something that made someone cry and now it’s everyones problem.

“Does someone make you feel bad? Here, have some cotton wool on behalf of the ACT Government to wrap yourself in and take a few concrete pills (Now with added HTFU to make you more resiliant to everyday boo-hoo’s).”

Instead of bitching and moaning anonymously, how about dealing with the problem directly? Did Buford Pusser bitch and whine about the Mafia and crims in his town on a blog?

No!

He dealt with that crap directly.

Do you work in a Guvmint job? Wear a suit and make sure your pass is visible but not readable and start taking photo’s of your new enemy from a high powered camera and I garauntee that it will have an effect.

Tooks 11:42 am 04 Jul 13

Barcham said :

Tooks said :

It is assault to abuse someone

No it isn’t.

The rest of your rant I agree with, but I’ve gotta say, none of that has ever happened to me. Maybe move to a nicer neighbourhood 🙂

Actually it is, at least legally.

No it isn’t.

Gerry-Built 11:36 am 04 Jul 13

…continued parking in Power Street, Mawson, then?

Tooks 11:30 am 04 Jul 13

bundah said :

Barcham said :

Tooks said :

It is assault to abuse someone

No it isn’t.

The rest of your rant I agree with, but I’ve gotta say, none of that has ever happened to me. Maybe move to a nicer neighbourhood 🙂

Actually it is, at least legally.

Are verbal threats considered an assault?

Threats to seriously injure, or kill another person is considered as an assault, but the threat has to create a fear that it would be carried out. Threats that are unlikely or impossible would not normally be considered as an assault. Threatening to kill or injure someone is a crime that is not taken lightly by the states. In Victoria for example, threats to kill as spelled out in s 20 of the Crimes Act carries with it a maximum of 10 years imprisonment if it is real, rather than fanciful.

Don’t look too far into the comment. The OP mentioned verbal abuse, which isn’t assault.

If I was to walk up to you with my fist cocked and said “I’m going to punch your head in”, then yes, it could be an assault. On the other hand, if I walked up to you and called you every unpleasant name under the sun – no assault. But we are drifting offtopic…

HiddenDragon 11:08 am 04 Jul 13

Your broader observation rings true to me. I see many people who look pinched, peevish, wary of anyone they don’t know, seemingly consumed by their own problems and obsessions, and for whom a friendly smile would be a monumental effort. To the extent this is so, it may be a reflection of a feeling that things aren’t as good as they once were, and are getting worse – for some, the loss of what were once easy, relaxed parking arrangements might be a practical reflection of this feeling.

Holden Caulfield 10:30 am 04 Jul 13

Brings a new meaning to “Feel the power of Canberra” I guess.

dtc 10:26 am 04 Jul 13

Tooks said :

The rest of your rant I agree with, but I’ve gotta say, none of that has ever happened to me. Maybe move to a nicer neighbourhood 🙂

Actually you need to move to a neighbourhood that is no where near any office buildings or sporting facilities. Gunghalin seems to fit the bill…

bundah 10:25 am 04 Jul 13

Barcham said :

Tooks said :

It is assault to abuse someone

No it isn’t.

The rest of your rant I agree with, but I’ve gotta say, none of that has ever happened to me. Maybe move to a nicer neighbourhood 🙂

Actually it is, at least legally.

Are verbal threats considered an assault?

Threats to seriously injure, or kill another person is considered as an assault, but the threat has to create a fear that it would be carried out. Threats that are unlikely or impossible would not normally be considered as an assault. Threatening to kill or injure someone is a crime that is not taken lightly by the states. In Victoria for example, threats to kill as spelled out in s 20 of the Crimes Act carries with it a maximum of 10 years imprisonment if it is real, rather than fanciful.

Barcham 10:19 am 04 Jul 13

Tooks said :

It is assault to abuse someone

No it isn’t.

The rest of your rant I agree with, but I’ve gotta say, none of that has ever happened to me. Maybe move to a nicer neighbourhood 🙂

Actually it is, at least legally.

thebrownstreak69 10:15 am 04 Jul 13

Park somewhere else and quit your bitching.

Tooks 9:56 am 04 Jul 13

It is assault to abuse someone

No it isn’t.

The rest of your rant I agree with, but I’ve gotta say, none of that has ever happened to me. Maybe move to a nicer neighbourhood 🙂

Dilandach 9:46 am 04 Jul 13

“Free parking everywhere! (just not in my street)”

Dilandach 9:41 am 04 Jul 13

It is the standpoint that a lot of people have taken in this day and age.

Take this example, someone getting upset over someone else getting upset from parking in “their” street. To flip it over, Lets say People ‘A’ get all teary eyed over community sharing. It is their belief that everyone should be able to park anywhere they want in residential streets. Its public space / Free country (yada yada). Now People ‘B’ live there, they get all upset over their street becoming a carpark. People ‘A’ come to the conclusion that there is no legitimate reason why they should be upset, People ‘B’ are just jerks. Now at the same time People A are getting upset over cars turning up in *their* street. As they see it there are legitimate reasons for why they’re getting upset. Although they don’t extend that same thought process to People B, because well f*** people B they’re just selfish but People A are the beacons of free parking (just not in our street k?).

Its straight up cognitive dissonance.

There is little to no empathy with the people who live there besides ‘I’ll *try* not to park too close to a driveway’. The needs of the parker outweigh the needs of those that live there and be damned they’ll keep parking there until a car is towed, until then. Whining is just that.

eatthatfrog 9:18 am 04 Jul 13

Hear, hear!

bundah 9:17 am 04 Jul 13

NIMBY rage!

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