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April 22, 2021

The Operation Saturation lottery

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There was cause to chuckle in Mullum last week during (the aptly named) Operation Saturation. A marked police car with angry lights a-blazing had pulled over an unfortunate local outside the local video shop, perhaps for not parking wholly within the defined lines?

As the drama unfolded, lo and behold a driver from the opposite side of the road spotted a rare Mullum parking space and proceeded to rapidly cross the double lines (gasp!) to enter the vacant park not two feet from the booking police officer!

As sometimes happens during such a death-defying act, the driver miscalculated and had to correct her position several times before finally arriving safely within the park.

The police officer seemed oblivious to this disturbingly criminal act. Not so much as a cursory glance, obviously very focused on the job at hand.

So, to all of these who were ‘stung’ during the recent blitz (and sincere apologies if this is of no consolation whatsoever), in most cases it was probably quite simply a case of bad luck. Or, for the more ethereally-minded, your ‘white-lighting’ perhaps required a booster shot.

Of course, the police officer in this case was a bloke and therefore incapable of multi-tasking. Now, if it had of been a lady officer – watch out!

Michael Schwager, Mullumbimby


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