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What’s the worst thing you’ve seen a diplomat doing?

By johnboy - 6 January 2009 66

The ACT has a large diplomatic corp. To some extent they’re beyond the law.

Most of course do not abuse the privilege, but there are bad eggs everywhere.

So, dear readers, what’s the worst thing you’ve encountered a diplomat doing in Canberra?

(If you haven’t actually seen it yourself make sure you clearly describe your sources).

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What’s the worst thing you’ve seen a diplomat doing?
AngryHenry 12:09 pm 06 Jan 09

We need to go all Lethal Weapon 2 on them…

Arjen Rudd – “Diplomatic immunity!”

Murtaugh – “Has just been revoked!” – BLAM!!!

He was decaffinated! hahaha! Classic!

Granny 12:01 pm 06 Jan 09

*guffaw*

Skidbladnir 11:59 am 06 Jan 09

I saw a diplomat once.

nyssa76 11:51 am 06 Jan 09

One ran a red light when myself and another driver were taking off as we had the green light. As we weren’t going fast we had enough time to slam on the brakes.

The idiot swerved to miss, us doing well over 110kms on Belconnen Way.

shanefos 11:34 am 06 Jan 09

aronde said :

Travelling along Parkes Way the DC plated car in front would be in the left hand lane approaching the roundabout, then cut across to the right hand lane whilst on the roundabout, then move back to the left once through! Did this consistently all the way to the airport and nearly took out the guy who went past me who wrongly thought travelling in the right hand lane of a roundabout was a safe option next to this guy!

I’m afraid it’s not only drivers in DC plated cars that do that…

p1 11:07 am 06 Jan 09

My cars habcaps are held on by the wheel nuts.

H1NG0 10:54 am 06 Jan 09

I can’t wait for the day we purchase hub caps because alloys are too “standard” 😉 Fair point VY. On the topic of Diplomats, I have seen plenty of bad DC drivers, too many to mention.

aronde 10:53 am 06 Jan 09

Travelling along Parkes Way the DC plated car in front would be in the left hand lane approaching the roundabout, then cut across to the right hand lane whilst on the roundabout, then move back to the left once through! Did this consistently all the way to the airport and nearly took out the guy who went past me who wrongly thought travelling in the right hand lane of a roundabout was a safe option next to this guy!

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 10:48 am 06 Jan 09

People steal hubcaps because factory replacements aren’t cheap. More and more cars these days come with alloy wheels as standard, however, so hopefully we won’t have to worry about hubcaps much longer.

Spectra 10:40 am 06 Jan 09

Overtaking me on my motorbike, at 80km/h, on a nice wide dual-carriageway with two lanes in each direction…IN THE SAME FREAKING LANE AS ME!

There was nobody in the right hand lane, I was doing the speed limit, and this twat decided that the appropriate place to pass me was 5cm from my bike. There was significant use of both the horn and finger, I can assure you. Pretty sure he didn’t even notice.

I should add that I was friends with a former diplomatic family here and they were very careful about being good citizens in every respect – far more so than many native Canberrans – as you say, and as with so many things raised on this site, it’s just the few that give the many a bad name.

H1NG0 10:29 am 06 Jan 09

I don’t know what the rules are, but for him to tear up the piece of paper in front of me, I’m guessing the police can’t do shit.

Why the hell would someone steal hubcaps? What a stooge.

p1 10:25 am 06 Jan 09

Actually, my understanding is that the police can ask the the country in question to make their person pay the fine, or face more serious charges, and then it could escalate to the point where the person is declared “persona non grata”. In practice I think this doesn’t happen, or even if they get asked to pay the fine, they don’t loose points….

jakez 10:25 am 06 Jan 09

Before this thread gets off the ground I just want to dispel the myth that diplomats drivers can do whatever they want speed/double park etc and get away with it. They have to pay the fine et al. Sucks to be an Australian citizen I guess.

The actual diplomats and their foreign staff though…

peterh 10:23 am 06 Jan 09

as mentioned in another thread, I caught a diplomatic corp car driver trying to remove the hubcaps from my car. He stopped, and drove off. I bet he was a bit surprised when he found me standing over him, along with a few of my family and friends…

H1NG0 10:04 am 06 Jan 09

I once worked with a guy who was the son of a diplomat. He was caught doing 200Kmh in an 80 zone. He brought the ticket into work, showed us all, then ripped it up and laughed. Apparently there is nothing the coppers can do but “hope” that he does the right thing and pays for the ticket. On top of that, he was an irritating little turd.

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