Cops swarm to “patrol social distancing” at doughnut giveaway

Uh-huh.

The Krispy Kreme chain ran a giveaway offering a dozen doughnuts free to anyone who had a birthday between mid-March and mid-July, to celebrate the company’s 83rd birthday.

As news of the free doughnuts spread, concern grew that social distancing was not being observed among those lining up at stores.

NSW Police confirmed general duties, traffic patrol and riot squad officers were among those called to “a number” of locations across Sydney on Monday.

 
Acting Assistant Commissioner Tony Cooke: “This is nonsensical and defies logic.” You don’t say.

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20 Responses to Cops swarm to “patrol social distancing” at doughnut giveaway

  1. Hay Stockard

    Free donuts? Why wasn’t I told?

  2. Snoopy

    This will go down in history as the 2020 Krispy Kreme cluster.

  3. Bruce in WA

    Traffic cops would have been welcomed at Whitfords Shopping Centre … the cars were queued up bumper to bumper for two or three hundred metres each way from the entrance to the shopping centre. People were parking their cars and running … I mean running … to get free f***ing doughnuts! The only way I got in to get a script from the chemist was to go via the petrol station and then park way down below the centre and walk up.

    Doughnuts FFS!

  4. mundi

    Police are now examining which, if any, breaches may have occurred and have warned they will “take appropriate action where required”

    Yes folks, giving things away is now a crime.

    You may only line up to vote, or wait for your papers to be checked.

  5. tombell

    yeah let’s just get a BLM march underway…

  6. egg_

    Did M0nty break out of isolation for free donuts?

  7. egg_

    Anyone who gets seasonal flu is part of a cluster(fvck)!

  8. Mark M

    People who wear a facemask whilst travelling alone in their own car are the exact reason why we have to write “Caution – contains nuts” on bags of peanuts.

  9. Frank

    “Caution – contains nuts” on bags of peanuts.

    Those people are the same ones that necessitate writing “for external use only” on curling irons. Slater & Gordon mainly.

  10. John Bayley

    Doughnuts FFS!

    There’s a lesson in this for ScoMo for the next election:

    Forget about any serious policies. Just promise free donuts , or better still, free everything, for everyone.

    Now that we have MMT, paying for it won’t be a problem. /s

  11. John Bayley

    People who wear a facemask…

    …despite the many clinical studies which conclusively show they don’t work at all, are the reason for why we will soon have stickers on pushbikes with an arrow facing forward and stating ‘Face this way’…

    Plus of course the compulsory helmets and bells, which we are already being fined hundreds of dollars for, for in case we don’t have one.

  12. The BigBlueCat

    John Bayley
    #3513427, posted on July 15, 2020 at 7:32 am
    People who wear a facemask…

    …despite the many clinical studies which conclusively show they don’t work at all, are the reason for why we will soon have stickers on pushbikes with an arrow facing forward and stating ‘Face this way’…

    Plus of course the compulsory helmets and bells, which we are already being fined hundreds of dollars for, for in case we don’t have one.

    Please link to the “many clinical studies” … meanwhile, a very quick Google Scholar search has the following 2 papers here and here. There are many more in support of the proposition that facemasks do work.

    Facemasks alone will not prevent coronavirus being contracted, but good hygiene practices and the proper use of facemasks do significantly reduce the likelihood of contracting the virus or transmitting it to others – note, not eliminate, but significantly reduce. Making statements like “conclusively show they don’t work at all” is not just wrong, it’s irresponsible. Let people make informed decisions on the use of facemasks, but don’t put out bad information.

    Of course, you are free to disagree and decide for yourself what you will do regarding PPE and reducing your risks of contracting coronavirus, or passing it on if you have it. But I would be interested to see “the many clinical studies” you say are out there that say facemasks don’t work at all – if that was the case, why do surgeons wear them?

  13. The BigBlueCat

    Bruce
    #3513502, posted on July 15, 2020 at 8:30 am
    Then, there’s this:

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/illinois-costco-shopper-coronavirus-mask

    Actual battery … but did she not see the contradiction of her actions? Claiming she had COVID-19, she spits in the man’s face. Maybe an assault and battery with the intention to cause physical harm? In any event, disgraceful behaviour.

  14. John A

    Snoopy #3513215, posted on July 14, 2020, at 9:31 pm

    This will go down in history as the 2020 Krispy Kreme cluster.

    The Krispy Kreme (Keystone) Kops?

  15. Squirrel

    Some co-morbidities are more pleasurable than the others!

  16. John Bayley

    The BigBlueCat
    #3513714, posted on July 15, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Please link to the “many clinical studies”

    I provided links to Pyrmonter in a recent post, which you must have overlooked.

    Here we go again:

    Association of American Physicists & Surgeons

    Their summary:

    “We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection. Public health authorities define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with symptomatic Covid-19 that is sustained for at least a few minutes (and some say more than 10 minutes or even 30 minutes). The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal. In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic.”

    If that’s not enough for you, here is another article, this time from the Center for Disease Control.
    Same conclusion:

    “Although mechanistic studies support the potential effect of hand hygiene or face masks, evidence from 14 randomized controlled trials of these measures did not support a substantial effect on transmission of laboratory-confirmed influenza.”

    Is that sufficient for you?

    Masks are a feel-good factor which, however, makes f*ck all of a difference, and in fact may even make it more likely for you to get sick. There have now been documented cases of people fainting due to CO2 accumulation, and there is plenty of research showing that bacteria tend to aggregate on the mask, which may lead to secondary infections.

    Furthermore, it is becoming increasingly obvious the WuFlu is clearly spread not by aerosols, but by contaminated surfaces, primarily by fecal matter.

    But by all means, knock yourself out and wear a mask.
    Just leave the rational ones of us out of it please.

  17. The BigBlueCat

    John Bayley
    #3514716, posted on July 16, 2020 at 8:25 am
    The BigBlueCat
    #3513714, posted on July 15, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Please link to the “many clinical studies”

    I provided links to Pyrmonter in a recent post, which you must have overlooked.

    Here we go again:

    Association of American Physicists & Surgeons

    I did read those … they don’t “conclusively show they don’t work at all” but rather that masks need to be used properly, though they also indicate low effectiveness. But for every study that says this, there are others that say otherwise.

    My point is, masks need to be used properly to reduce the risks, not eliminate them. For many people they can make the difference, depending on their exposure risks.

    I’m not advocating the government should mandate masks – far from it, they should avoid that. But if you want to talk “rational ones of us”, then you need to park your biases (reporting, confirmation, selection, etc) and factor in those studies that say the opposite of what you’re telling everyone so an informed decision can be made. Cherry-picking doesn’t help.

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