News Corp vs. Lady Who Likes Barbecues

SO  this  is what  the once great  newspaper founded by Rupert Murdoch as a national daily in 1964 is now reduced to: running a nasty hit-piece on a citizen, retailing gossip about her private life, ridiculing her on its main page and making her vulnerable to real world harassment or worse.

All because she had a self-indulgent disagreement about masks with one of those annoying Bunnings clerks who say “hello” to you because they’ve been told phony courtesy is an effective way to deter shoplifters. That’s how highly our favourite purveyor of Chinese-made gimcracks and bric-à-brac regards its customers. And the News flagship calls her a “Karen” (eye-rollingly daggy attempt to flip the meaning of this neologism) while tut-tutting about “frequent parties” and “loud music.” Well done, Tessa Akerman. What next, an exclusive report about Prince Harry’s upcoming sex-change operation for New Idea?

Masks, for their part, are not a new idea. Yet none of our many governments mandated their use until Daniel Andrews’ Cuomo-like bungling caused an uptick in “new cases.” And just like that, enforcers in the media become dutiful scribes for Sharia.

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92 Responses to News Corp vs. Lady Who Likes Barbecues

  1. notafan

    I don’t know why these stories get so much traction.

    I guess 7-0 ruined everything.

  2. All because she had a self-indulgent disagreement about masks with one of those annoying Bunnings clerks who say “hello” to you because they’ve been told phony courtesy is an effective way to deter shoplifters.

    What a load of crap. The people working at Bunnings, or any similar store, are told what to do; it’s not a choice on their part (if they want to keep their job). That a self-righteous Karen takes them to task just shows what a fcukwit she is.

    Karen should have taken her angst to Spring St, not to people just doing their job. Karen deserves all the shit she gets for the way she acted.

    This post is no better than the News Corp article. Pot calling the kettle black methinks.

  3. Chris M

    Doxed by the millenials that run newstwerp. Hopefully she sues them.

    That said inside a privately owned business I believe you have to go with their requests or leave. Completely different to strolling down the street or through a park.

  4. twostix

    Karen deserves all the shit she gets for the way she acted.

    You can really tell the Victorians at the moment.

    An immense amount of pent up impotent rage at their captivity, and helplessness, and the only people they are allowed to take it out on is. this woman and the free people of Australia at-large.

    Sad.

  5. C.L.

    What a load of crap.

    Nope. It’s true. OfficeWorks and Chinese warehouse of crap, Bunnings, both train staff to say hello to everyone (with eye contact) to deter shoplifting.

  6. Tim Neilson

    I’m with bemused on this. If she’d infiltrated one of the Hunchback’s press conferences and custard pie’d him I’d be calling for a statue of her to be erected. But it’s just gutless and self-indulgent grandstanding at shop staff who have to both enforce the rules AND be polite and docile while doing it or risk getting the sack.

  7. calli

    She wasn’t doxxed. She had a presence on Instagram and was well known.

    That being said, the press sought out her employer (from LinkedIn) – can’t imagine why, unless it was to get a bit more dirt (juicy detail) on her. And then her neighbours who were only too happy to dish up some more.

    No one comes out of this smelling of roses.

  8. This post is no better than the News Corp article. Pot calling the kettle black methinks.

    Settle mate. Go back and read the first para to get the gist of CL’s post.

    SO this is what the once great newspaper founded by Rupert Murdoch as a national daily in 1964 is now reduced to: running a nasty hit-piece on a citizen, retailing gossip about her private life, ridiculing her on its main page and making her vulnerable to real world harassment or worse.

    Many here bemoan the fall of this once good paper. Bad behaviour by locals in locals belong in the Local, not THE national newspaper.

  9. Squirrel

    Now that the term has been hijacked by posturing progressives, I have to say that I am deeply troubled (troubled I tells ya) at the hateful racist name-calling and cultural appropriation which demeans and shames an oppressed South-East Asian ethnic group……

  10. Entropy

    Definitely unhinged lady, so not a pedantic rule enforcing Karen, she is the opposite. And she shouldn’t pick in some low level worker trying to do their job.

    That doesn’t absolve the media’s behaviour though, which is clearly bandwagon vilifying a woman with obvious ‘health’ issues. No one should be treated like that by the vulture media, regardless of her own poor behaviour. And as CL says, this mask wearing diktat only occurred to make it look like dodgy dan was on top of things.

    If she was a dog the RSPCA would be onto them.

  11. CL,
    I normally agree with most of what you post but not on this occasion. Just look at your post to see indicators of bias against a successful business which just happens to train its staff well. A Bunnings clerk is now annoying for greeting customers with “phony courtesy”. Next thing you know you will be attacking their sausage sizzles for not offering higher quality sausages.

    I heard one of her rants (in the Post Office) and it was hilariously pathetic. She was going on about discrimination on gender as she was a woman. I guess it escaped her that the mask requirement applied to all 67 varieties of gender.

    She put herself out there and got the attention she deserved for being a total idiot.

    “Nope. It’s true. OfficeWorks and Chinese warehouse of crap, Bunnings, both train staff to say hello to everyone (with eye contact) to deter shoplifting”.

  12. Colonel Bunty Golightly

    Karen is a worthless piece of human offal and deserves all the crap that gets thrown at her. Just another selfish leftoid moron with nothing worthwhile to contribute to anything. I feel sorry for anyone who is subjected to her puerile ranting! Please don’t confuse freedom of actions and speech with the ravings of an idiot.

  13. twostix

    The press have put her life on display on the front page to the whole country all day to make an example of her to the public that if you kick up a fuss about this situation you’ll be terrorised in a day-long hate session.

    They did exactly the same thing to the woman who protested the lock down laws in NSW and had her child ripped from her arms by the police (for standing on a street that a few days later had media approved 10,000 protestor march walk down it).

  14. calli

    Karen is a worthless piece of human offal and deserves all the crap that gets thrown at her.

    Good grief. She said mean things to Bunnings staff.

    She didn’t pull a gun on them and fire.

  15. Tezza

    Stop giving this boorish twerp the oxygen of publicity that she so desperately sought.

    She thought it was a great idea to try to make a political point by picking on a kid trying politely to apply a company policy that no one else shopping there seemed to have any problem adhering to. She videoed herself for her 15 seconds of fame, posted the video for the applause of her mates, and is getting a reasonable sample of what the broader community actually thinks of her behaviour.

    My only regret at how this went so badly for her is that the male to whom she also complained with the ridiculous claim that she was being discriminated against because she was a woman did not fire back that he identified as a woman too.

    I don’t support compulsory mask wearing, Daniel Andrews, poor quality Chinese products or Covid. But adult citizens should have more class than this ditz.

  16. twostix

    At the beginning of this nonsense I posted of a situation where a fat balding Bunnings cockhead yelled abuse at my Mrs for not “social distancing” in the checkout line from our four year old son.

    Apparently, today, if she had of then videoed the rest of the confrontation we would be now dealing with dumbshit “conservatives” here siding with him, calling her “karen” and the entire media attempting to ruin our lives and get us stalked.

    Why? Why is this?

    Because Bunnings is fast becoming Australia’s equivalent of the UK’s un-critisisable NHS. It’s basically the only uncontroversial national institution white normal people in this country have left and they will defend it with all their might.

    What a weird time.

  17. Chris M

    Is Karen her name? Or are there lots of, like, teens posting today?

  18. The Fifth Bike Rider of the Apocalypse

    There are bigger things to die in a ditch for than this Currency Lad.
    Grow up.

  19. Leigh Lowe

    calli

    #3526895, posted on July 28, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    She wasn’t doxxed. 

    From the open fred.

    A definition.
    What doxxing is.
    Doxxing is the practice of researching an otherwise anonymous person and publishing that person’s private contact details to cause embarrassment, career damage or physical harm.
    What doxxing is not.
    Where a person uploads a video and/or makes a commentary on social media under their own name and then receives an unexpected adverse response.
    .
    The latter is what happened to Crazy Bunnings lady.
    Her former employer i-select did not dox her.
    Crazy Bunnings lady voluntarily created a Linked-in profile listing her employer as i-select. Either through slackness or deliberately trying to mislead, she did not update this when she left i-select nearly two years ago.
    When contacted, i-select corrected the record, saying she no longer worked there, and added that they disagreed with her comments (as they are free to do).
    They did not provide her phone number, address, car rego or any other identifying detail.
    Therefore they did not “dox” her.

  20. calli

    There’s another aspect to the story though, Rider.

    The press sought out iSelect to have her sacked. Doll it up all you like, that was their aim. Unfortunately, she no longer worked for them.

    This story oozes malice.

  21. twostix

    Karen is a worthless piece of human offal and deserves all the crap that gets thrown at her.

    Good grief. She said mean things to Bunnings staff.

    She didn’t pull a gun on them and fire.

    They’re Victorians Calli.

    Mentally things are getting really bad down there and their only approved outlet for their pent up anger and frustration at their captivity and feeling of humiliation is that woman.

  22. Leigh Lowe

    She thought it was a great idea to try to make a political point by picking on a kid trying politely to apply a company policy 

    Along with her condescending Hyacinth Bucket treatment of the poor guy at the Post Office.
    She wanted her fifteen minutes of fame.
    And she got it.
    Enjoy, moron.
    .
    As has been discussed ad nauseum here today, I reckon her unhinged random bullshit has muddied any chance of some rational protest against the myriard holes in the Kung Flu regs getting any airplay.

  23. Leigh Lowe

    The press sought out iSelect to have her sacked. Doll it up all you like, that was their aim. Unfortunately, she no longer worked for them.

    That may be so.
    But that is not iSelect’s fault, as was claimed here earlier today.

  24. Entropy

    Mentally things are getting really bad down there and their only approved outlet for their pent up anger and frustration at their captivity and feeling of humiliation is that woman.

    Pretty much. They are picking on a woman with issues. Animal cruelty.

  25. Sean

    The problem is we the readers love bloodsport and the online news sites know it.

  26. Leigh Lowe

    Pretty much. They are picking on a woman with issues. Animal cruelty.

    Ever since KD put me onto them, I have been looking at these tinfoil hat Sovereign Citizens morons, who seem to have latched onto Kung Flu as the latest vehicle for their batshit crazy stuff.
    Along with anti-vaxxers and other conspiracy nutters.
    All we need is the Area 51 UFO spotters and we will be holding a straight flush.
    She seems to be a Sovereign Citizen nutter judging by the half-baked “legal” notices she has posted around her property.
    Not a great spokesperson for the Kung Flu cause.

  27. Alan

    “Yet none of our many governments mandated their use …” – TRUE.
    This 9NEWS piece aired on 6 Apr 2020 (only 2 months ago).
    The “expert” newspeak opinion at that moment in time was – “masks not required.”

    It’s as if they have all wilfully removed thier mental rear-view mirrors.

  28. Tim Neilson

    Apparently, today, if she had of then videoed the rest of the confrontation we would be now dealing with dumbshit “conservatives” here siding with him, calling her “karen” and the entire media attempting to ruin our lives and get us stalked.

    What makes you think that? Well, maybe the media might have tried a beatup of it, but why do you think people in general would join in?
    People may well have concluded that (a) your wife attending to your four year old son wasn’t an attempt to “make a statement”, and (b) the bloke yelling at you should have been more polite.
    On the other hand if she’d videoed it and put the video online maybe people would question why she’d felt the need to do that, and maybe the question would be valid.

  29. Rob

    Bunnings stores outside the Greater Melbourne and Mitchell boundaries are not covered by the Victorian Government’s mask dictates.
    Why then are Bunnings abusing their customer base by demanding something the government does not?
    Bunnings bullying and offensive attitude will be costing it a big whack of customer respect.
    Old adage – “The customer is always correct”.

  30. C.L.

    She wasn’t doxxed. She had a presence on Instagram and was well known.

    Turn it up.
    The Australian is the country’s only nationwide daily.
    We’re not talking about potterers on Instagram.
    The newspaper has publicised her name and details to millions of people, many of them mask Sharia zombies who would very much like to harass her in real life.
    The paper’s story is a disgrace and is probably legally actionable.

  31. Infidel Tiger King

    I put it to you that this woman and Bunnings are both awful.

    Bunnings is basically a giant CCP sweat shop that’s sole use is to house bored boomers who hate their wives.

    This woman is mentally ill and should be left alone.

  32. Exit Stage Right

    Fucking laughable, the whole she bang.
    Masks were not effective against the C back in March.
    Now, every so called expert has run out of ideas about how to control this pestilence and masks are the answer.
    Fuck off you medical fraudsters.

  33. Infidel Tiger King

    A good rule of thumb is that anyone who films stuff and posts it on the internet should be avoided at all costs.

    They are usually very batty.

  34. C.L.

    Along with her condescending Hyacinth Bucket treatment of the poor guy at the Post Office.
    She wanted her fifteen minutes of fame.

    So every time there’s a meaningless shit-fight in a shop, the prestige masthead of News Corp is going to investigate the neighborhood life of the transgressor?

    FMD, she didn’t stab the bloke at Bunnings with a Chinese-made garden stake. He’ll live.

    The post is not a defence of the woman – who I described as “self-indulgent.”
    It’s about a newspaper run by virus-dodging laptop authoritarians punching just a smidgen beneath their weight.

  35. EllenG

    Regardless of the curious work of ms Akerman, daughter of Piers, I wonder how anyone defends this person. She self-evidently walked into a business deliberately unwilling to meet its criteria for entry and then demanded entry. She recorded the event and posted it on social media.
    Since when do we leap to the defence of such jerks? She is in precisely the same camp as the nitwit busted in sydney for arranging a half arsed BLM fear.

  36. Leigh Lowe

    Exit Stage Right

    #3526968, posted on July 28, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Fucking laughable, the whole she bang.
    Masks were not effective against the C back in March.

    That is what needs to be pushed.
    Someone posted a short video here a few days ago showing all these CMOs and experts saying that masks are useless at best, dangerous at worst.
    Has anyone got that link?

  37. Leigh Lowe

    It’s about a newspaper run by virus-dodging laptop authoritarians punching just a smidgen beneath their weight.

    I tend to agree.
    The Bananaby Joist thing was a case in point.
    I didn’t care much either way that they published stuff about him and his then new bride.
    I objected to Ms Markson justifying it as “a serious political scoop”.
    It was gossip.
    No more, no less.

  38. calli

    C.L.
    #3526964, posted on July 28, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Oddly enough, I was supporting your post in its substance.

    Perhaps it was a hiding to nothing.

  39. Leigh Lowe

    Two people in Melbourne who will be relieved tonight:-
    Karen the stray walker from Brah-ton.
    Dick Pussey.

  40. C.L.

    IT nails it (as usual). People who film their encounters as they go around unmasked/wearing an AK-47/a MAGA cap in Harlem/etc in order to showcase their heroic struggle against the various aggressive dipshits they encounter are – prima facie – crazy and should be ignored.

    The loons at Gateway Pundit had a bloke in CAL the other day wandering into a pharmacy sans mask (but pleading medical certificate) and it was perfectly obvious this young man had no serious medical condition and was simply trolling for confrontation.

  41. Roger

    The “expert” newspeak opinion at that moment in time was – “masks not required.”

    Which was handy, given that no masks were to be had, having all been bought up and exported home by the local retail shopping division of the CCP several weeks before in obedience to Beijing’s orders.

  42. Seco

    Not a great spokesperson for the Kung Flu cause.

    Who said she was? Nobody is hanging her hat on her and I believe the gist of the post by CL is the immaturity of the Herald Sun staff that pump is up to generate clicks and place this higher than Dandemic’s farcical Cuomo copy act.

  43. C.L.

    My sincere apologies, Calli. I’m rushing a few responses on my way out the door.

  44. The Fifth Bike Rider of the Apocalypse

    these tinfoil hat Sovereign Citizens morons

    Anyone who doubts that Sovereign Citizens are morons is directed to YouTube where you can see Sovereign Citizen morons in the US filming themselves being morons when stopped by police for traffic offences such as driving an unregistered vehicle.
    Instead of co-operating and copping it sweet, they defy the police with their puerile arguments about their ‘rights’. One even prays for Donald Trump to save him!!!
    The police listen patiently to their flimsy grasp of the law before smashing the vehicle window, dragging them out, cuffing them and charging them with a smorgasbord of violations.

  45. calli

    All good, C.L.

    This story contains much…much squid ink.

    A Distraction Karen perhaps.

  46. Infidel Tiger King

    The lockdown and media hysteria is sending people loopy.

    The media is going to be responsible for something horrendous if this keeps up.

  47. Nob

    Leigh Lowe
    #3526936, posted on July 28, 2020 at 6:22 pm
    her unhinged random bullshit has muddied any chance of some rational protest

    That’s why the media loves her and SovCit nutters.

    I’m seeing all this shit popping up on otherwise unrelated social media. All in total lockstep, pretty much saying that this proves Dan is right etc etc etc.

    It’s Catch-22.

    When public disagreement invites ostracism, only out-there types who don’t give a fuck about being ostracised will speak up.

    Media flocks to them like blowflies to a daggy merino’s arse , makes them emblematic of any protest, and public smugometer goes off the dial.

  48. This entire thread just makes me sad at what Australian society has become.

  49. The Manager

    There’s a swag of people out and about today (Country Vic) talking about the Brighton Belle instead of focusing on the main point – Fuckup Andrews & his cohorts.
    So the Australian deserves this criticism.
    And so do the sheeple talking about her who can’t see the wood for the trees.

  50. Leigh Lowe

    Thanks Mater.
    Bookmarked for future reference.

  51. flyingduk

    Bunnings bullying and offensive attitude will be costing it a big whack of customer respect.

    100% agree! I had a run in with a ‘greeter turned covid hisser’ at my local Bunnings when i had the temerity to follow another one of their staff members in ducking under the (totally empty) crowd control maze to enter the store: it was there to keep me safe don’t you know? I wrote to Bunnings head office telling them how deeply distressed I was and how vulnerable the confrontation made me feel (I understand those words carry powerful weight nowadays!). The response? … so far, nothing.

  52. Tel

    This is one reason why economists should take more interest in the concept of negative subscription rates.

  53. Candy

    In a sense the customer is always right as they say. A company’s staff or manager should be able to deal with a diificult situation or person with politeness and privacy and find a resolution. There is lots of training going on but basic people skills are a lost art.

  54. Andreas

    I saw this article and couldn’t believe they published this as ‘news’, really disgusting and weird. Why don’t the ‘journalists’ go through her garbage and see what they can find there that’s newsworthy, maybe she *gasp* puts recyclables in the general waste bin.

  55. C.L. is spot on.
    Custard was spot on yesterday, when he said he’d been out all day & not seen anything, but “was it true” that the big story of the day was a woman being slung out of Bunnings for not wearing a surgical mask?

    The * ahem * National Broadsheet has reduced itself to devoting significant column inches to hearsay gossip about the private life of a private citizen.

  56. Nighthawk the Elder

    Oh how we miss those simpler times at Bunnings when all we had to worry about was the safety sausage.

    Bet a few wouldn’t mind one this coming weekend.

  57. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “those annoying Bunnings clerks”

    I’ve not encountered one of those in 25 or 30 years buying,

    “Chinese-made gimcracks and bric-à-brac”

    along with most of Australia’s tradesmen and bush carpenters, who rather like the tolerable price of things like power tools bearing reliable brand names, carrying genuine warranties, and their ready availability.
    I have no knowledge of their staff training other than the end result – happy, helpful, knowledgeable people who could be your average blog expert’s brother, son, niece or wife. The few I have known spoke well of their employment conditions, wages and management attitudes.

    The discussion here has it otherwise.

    I read on the July 25 Forum that Mr Wes Farmer is up there with Gerry Harvey, Singo and Kerry Stokes when it comes to bathing in favours bestowed by government. Shocking really, but when you are up there in Sir Tristan Antico territory, or your name is Abeles and Bob Hawke is your mate, some things remain as they were when Julius Caesar befriended Vito Corleone’s great grandparents. Who here was so enraged that they wrote to the Premier about it before last week, eh?

    “gutless and self-indulgent grandstanding at shop staff who have to both enforce the rules AND be polite and docile while doing it or risk getting the sack”

    and

    “she shouldn’t pick in some low level worker trying to do their job”

    and

    “… videoed herself for her 15 seconds of fame, posted the video for the applause of her mates, and is getting a reasonable sample of what the broader community actually thinks of her behaviour.”

    were close to the money.

    “fat balding Bunnings cockhead yelled abuse at my Mrs”

    was not, because it was made up here today, done in a hurry and forgetting to include “baby boomer”.

    “obvious ‘health’ issues”

    would be mad cow’s disease I assume.

    “one of her rants (in the Post Office)”

    Not only Rupert Murdoch cops a serve here for his profitable newspaper doing what newspapers do, but so did the Postmaster Generals Department. I did not bother looking, distracted as I was by the comedy gold account about some other

    “woman who protested … had her child ripped from her arms by the police”

    – a bit like the baby beans I enjoyed tonight, savagely torn from the ground at sunrise by itinerant farm labourers with dirty hands and few teeth who would not know how to look up hyperbole in a dictionary.

    “They’re Victorians …
    Mentally things are getting really bad down there and their only approved outlet for their pent up anger and frustration at their captivity and feeling of humiliation is that woman”

    Oh sob.

    How about rigidly policed lockdowns preventing a father from seeing his family for months – three of ‘em, 13 weeks – living in a part constructed office building in the clothes he wore to work as construction foreman on the day that the shutters came down. No work, no income, a handful of workers scraping together basic necessities to see them through until they can recommence building and commute.

    I hear his sister speak to him every morning on “Messenger”, keeping him happy, chattering about food and coaching him in how to collect the money sent to buy it, which sounds easy enough but it is an alien task usually handled by his eldest daughter and he fears it. Same thing about how to use his mobile to have three of the brothers and sisters in a conference call. I hear lots of laughter each day and not one complaint, because “the Lord will provide”. Not one complaint.

    Australians know no difficulty.

    Reading here about Victoria is comedy central. Little wonder they voted for decades for Andrews and the other fools for 32 of the past 39 years when they have the likes of Our Kerry given a vote.

  58. flyingduk

    Ah yes, the managed uniform bunnings sausage sizzle: a great example of how central planning stifles innovation. It is the same every single time, no new varieties, no new sauce, no different buns etc.

  59. Bruce Paix

    “those annoying Bunnings clerks” …. I’ve not encountered one of those in 25 or 30 years buying,

    My mistake, your ‘lived experience’ means I and everyone else who has is wrong…

  60. Leigh Lowe

    Bunnings bullying and offensive attitude will be costing it a big whack of customer respect.

    Give me a break.
    Bunnings bullying and offensive attitude?
    They asked her to comply with a regulation.
    You mightn’t like it and she mightn’t like it but what of those kids supposed to do?
    Wave her through knowing she would triumphantly post her victory two minutes later, have the store fined shitloads and the kids fired?
    They stood and patiently listened while this deranged bint unloaded on them, hoping to provoke some abuse or even physical altercation.
    So where was the bullying and offensive attitude from Bunnings?
    Fuck her and the show pony she rode in on.

  61. Walter Plinge

    My mistake, your ‘lived experience’ means I and everyone else who has is wrong…

    Not everyone, but you certainly.

  62. notafan

    It’s Easy for Victorian.

    No distressed elderly parents in nursing homes crying because they haven’t seen family for months.

    No ill family in hospital that can’t be seen.

    No dying parents that can’t have their daughters at their side.

    We deserved it because the 1.1 million immigrants since 2007 that have come to Melbourne overwhelmingly vote labor.

  63. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    What, pray, is a “lived experience”?

  64. Leigh Lowe

    Old adage – “The customer is always correct”.

    A wise old marketing lecturer posed that question to us at the beginning of a lecture once many years ago.

    The customer is always right.
    Right?
    Well no, not always.
    When they want to chisel you to sell below cost they’re not right.
    When they abuse or belittle your staff, they are not right.
    When they threaten you with bad reviews if you don’t shower them with freebies, they are not right.
    When they accidentally pack the towels and bathrobes in their suitcase on check-out they are not right.
    Some customers you don’t need.

    Words to live by.

  65. Leigh Lowe

    What, pray, is a “lived experience”?

    A tautology.
    A repetitive tautology.
    A repetitive tautology replete with redundancy.

  66. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    Oh that was good, very good! 😁

  67. Chris M

    the managed uniform bunnings sausage sizzle

    The greasy cancer sticks, worse than a fag. My favourite was when I saw them donating sizzle proceeds to the animal welfare league – we have to cook and eat the animals in order to protect them.

  68. Mick Gold Coast QLD #3527130, posted on July 28, 2020 at 9:52 pm
    What, pray, is a “lived experience”?

    Something you don’t have Mick, or something, apparently.

    Back to Bunnings & their staff training. (With a few notable exceptions of late) Bunnings have always had excellent staff. Apparently this begins at interview – they had a unique method of interviewing floor staff, which filtered out quite a few bad eggs.
    There has been much denigration of their supposed technique, including quite a bit on the Cat a few years ago, some of our regulars became most heated – strangely this ire was directed at the Cat who brought it up.

    Bunnings is known for many things, Pain in the Neck staff is not one of those things.

  69. Chris M

    Bunnings is known for many things, Pain in the Neck staff is not one of those things.

    That may be so but in the ones I go to there are so few one could never know. Checkout and greeter, for the rest you are on your own unless it’s a very off peak time during the week.

    Flyingduk if you are ever in SA go to Gaganis for the Saturday ‘sausage sizzle’ Greek style, 500% better. Won’t do the Bunnings one again after, it’s pathetic.

  70. 132andBush

    The media is going to be responsible for something horrendous if this keeps up

    +heaps.

    This whole clusterfuck is being driven by media fueled hysteria which in turn fuels the media hysteria. It has become a closed loop.

  71. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger King

    #3527001, posted on July 28, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    The lockdown and media hysteria is sending people loopy.

    The media is going to be responsible for something horrendous if this keeps up

    Says the guy who can hospitalise someone from 3,000 kilometres away.
    So, yeah, it could happen.

  72. Astatine Jones

    I imagine the Bunnings clerk was wishing he could have played it out like Denzel Washington in the hardware finale of The Equaliser. I swear he was looking for the nail gun when she started rambling about the UN Declaration of Human Rights!

  73. I imagine the Bunnings clerk was wishing he could have played it out like Denzel Washington in the hardware finale of The Equaliser. I swear he was looking for the nail gun when she started rambling about the UN Declaration of Human Rights!

    The woman was carrying on like an escaped lunatic.
    It was cringeworthy to listen to.
    She deserved to be arrested 100 times over.

    But an approach to her supposed employer to blackmail them into giving her the sack?
    A National Newspaper publishing hearsay gossip about how she tuned the volume on her hi-fi set?

    Both beyond the pale.

  74. Rebel with cause

    There’s precious little to report on thanks to Corona. A woman ranting at Bunnings is the most exciting thing to happen in Australia all week.

    We were already a boring country before Corona. Now we have turned the snoozefest up to eleventy

  75. Calli:

    No one comes out of this smelling of roses.

    Exactly.

  76. HT

    Rob
    #3526952, posted on July 28, 2020 at 6:34 pm
    Bunnings stores outside the Greater Melbourne and Mitchell boundaries are not covered by the Victorian Government’s mask dictates.
    Why then are Bunnings abusing their customer base by demanding something the government does not?
    Bunnings bullying and offensive attitude will be costing it a big whack of customer respect.
    Old adage – “The customer is always correct”.

    I live in regional Victoria. My local Bunnings does not insist on mask wearing for customers. All staff have to wear a mask or face shield though, customer’s do not.

  77. Alan

    Has anyone got that link?
    I found the 9NEWS Source – 1 April 2020.
    “Don’t wear face masks.”

  78. HT

    That woman in Bunnings clearly has “issues”. She needs, I suspect, therapy and or counselling, not to be made the days subject of two minute hate.

    The management of this virus has been appalling, quite aside from the economic consequences, it is turning Australian against Australian. What’s that medical saying? “We cured the disease but the patient died”. Seems more and more appropriate as time goes by with this current wave of hysteria…

  79. Yarpos

    Having lived next door to a kerry/karen for while with ongoing doof music and parties till 4am , I can assure you your libertarian wet dreams fall apart pretty quickly when its reality rather than just pounding on a keyboard about the theory. Tosspots like that wreck other peoples lives via their imagined right to do what they like. Just more entitled scum.

  80. HT

    Yarpos
    #3527374, posted on July 29, 2020 at 7:57 am
    Having lived next door to a kerry/karen for while with ongoing doof music and parties till 4am , I can assure you your libertarian wet dreams fall apart pretty quickly when its reality rather than just pounding on a keyboard about the theory. Tosspots like that wreck other peoples lives via their imagined right to do what they like. Just more entitled scum.

    Loved that dream, but it was a family of Greeks. Bad ones.

  81. HT

    Doh! Spell checker is a cursed thing >:( “Lived” that dream

  82. Texas Jack

    The iPhone has fucked the planet.

  83. Epictetus

    Despatches from Victoria – from one page in yesterday’s Herald Sun: (1) A Melbourne council is filling it’s skate parks and bowls with sand and tan bark to keep kids away after requests from Victoria Police. (2) Melbourne QC talking about “people” : “ if they wish to exercise their common law right to refuse to speak to a police officer when approached, they do so at their own peril.” (3) Ten people were fined “for attending a St Albans church service.” We truly are in Clown world.

  84. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    “those annoying Bunnings clerks” …. I’ve not encountered one of those in 25 or 30 years buying,

    My mistake, your ‘lived experience’ means I and everyone else who has is wrong…

    Another here with “lived experience” of several decades of entirely unremarkable, pleasant and helpful interactions with Bunnings staff – and I would visit a Bunnings on average around two times a month.

    The most infuriating experience I’ve ever had at a Bunnings occurred several years ago when I was bailed up by some police at the entrance who demanded I sign a petition denouncing violence against women (for the late unlamented white ribbon “initiative”). Told them that I had never assaulted a woman in my life and wasn’t planning on doing so any time soon and on that basis would not sign their petition. Walked off shaking my head at their sheer gall. Presumably all criminal activity had been suspended while the useless idiots were engaging in this superfluous posturing and harassment of law abiding citizens.

    As for the hysterical woman, it is not a newsworthy incident in any way, shape or form. Hopefully the Australian will lose yet more subscribers due their purveying of such puerile subterranean j’ism.

  85. Why is it that some here like to belittle normal working people as if they were some form of low-life scum? These Bunnings workers are the exact opposite of what some on the Cat decry (they aren’t public servants). Do these posters really believe that people have the ability to rise up? If so, let them be the ones at the front of the long march to Utopia.

    Also, what’s with the disparaging comments such as ‘…Chinese-made gimcracks and bric-à-brac…’? Show me one store, one household, one individual anywhere in Australia who doesn’t own some Chinese made product. Many of these products aren’t made by the CCP, but by industrious Chinese people trying to eke out a living. But it’s the big companies that are the ones causing all of this, Bunnings simply provides products sourced from these companies.

    And given that many on the Cat encourage and push for free trade, no tariffs etc, isn’t that exactly what they are getting with these ‘Chinese’ made products. Note also that many products come from Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, etc, they aren’t all Chinese. But maybe the facts don’t suit the narrative.

    The other thing that comes to mind is that contributors to the Cat (not the general posters) should make their identity known, as most do. That way we can better assess whether articles are not just the rants of a cloistered, well off, academic from the Yarts, who despises anyone that happens to be a lowly worker. And until the facts are known, then it’s a fair assumption to identify them in any way that seems fit.

  86. SpongebobStevePants

    No sympathy for her if the noisy neighbour thing is true. Those people lack any care or consideration for people around them and often keep people awake with their antics.

  87. No sympathy for her if the noisy neighbour thing is true. Those people lack any care or consideration for people around them and often keep people awake with their antics.

    Indeed and I see no problem with the media giving her even more of that fame that she appears to crave. What goes around, comes around.

  88. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Texas Jack at 8:30 am:

    “The iPhone has fucked the planet.”

    Try regressing to a mobile with numbers on buttons with capacity to send simple text messages and nothing more.

    I was jack of scratching my ear within sight of the fancy “smart” phone and finding that the screen picked up the movement as a signal to open the internet and shove goggle ads under my nose. My hands are too big. If anyone wants to email me I have a PC and a laptop with perfectly yuge screens where I can read things without putting on glasses, when it is convenient for me to do so. Canon takes care of my photography, not ZTE or Samsung or Nokia.

    I even traded my FacePlant and Twiggles accounts for a loudspeaker on the roof and now, when I’m driving around, I announce things about me, my diet, my ablutions and my sex life to strangers using a microphone rather than a keyboard.

    Other younger, cleverer (sometimes) family is running the show, I’m economically unproductive now – I don’t need fancy stuff.

    Having the kiddies at Telstra, last Saturday, understand my needs expressed in those simple terms was like saddling a filly not ridden for six months.

  89. egg_

    Bookmarked for future reference.

    Well done, Sherlock.

  90. egg_

    Another here with “lived experience” of several decades of entirely unremarkable, pleasant and helpful interactions with Bunnings staff

    +1

    But YMMV.

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