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Queensland’s Gold Coast has been praised today by both minority groups and local politicians for managing to last 5 months without a video surfacing of a racist public transport incident.
Gold Coast mayor, Tom Tate, says he is very proud of his city for not making national headlines over picking on random strangers on a bus or light rail carriage.
“It’s very good progress” he said.
“We’ve yet to experience the racing season and flutter music festivals – but I think we are going well this year”
However, national media outlets are beginning to worry that, despite the non-stop headlines surround tensions between the USA and North Korea, they might be left with a slow news day.
Channel Nine Queensland have released a statement asking Gold Coast residents to forward on any videos that show even the slightest form of public discrimination.
“Please. The world needs to see this stuff” said one spokesman.
“The advent of smartphones has revolutionised the way ordinary people interact with the world, especially on public transport. Don’t be afraid of sending any good content to us”
A racist tirade on public transport used to be a social white whale – being party to such an event was considered to be a rare treat. But that was before everybody has a video recorder in their pockets.
There was a golden era of racist rants caught on film in the years between 2013 and 2016, but the trend has recently waned – especially in the pissed commuter hotspot of the greater Gold Coast.
On average, one to two vitriolic sermons would surface each month. That figure has now blown out to one or two per quarter. From the man who disapproved of some nice girls singing in French on a Melbourne bus, to the kind-hearted lady who pulled the ‘Asian eyes’ manoeuvre on a train south of Newcastle, these internet celebrities are becoming few and far between.
Speaking candidly to The Advocate this afternoon via Skype, former Gold Coast transit officer Glenn MacFrances says his days were getting longer and less eventful before he quit the force earlier this year.
“We used to get them off the train and deal with them,” he said.
“Before the coppers arrived, we’d flog those racists with phone books. Sometimes we’d wrap a boot up in a jumper and go to town on them. Once we got a bit carried away and waterboarded this 70-year-old lady who spat on an international student,”
“Now it’s just junkies. Junkies aren’t fun to flog because they’re usually so weak. Except for the ice ones, but the coppers get to deal with them, which sucks. They’re even allowed to shoot them.”