Friday, 14 October 2016
Seems you can't even take photos of a building site in Australia without being accosted and assaulted by someone!
Here I am taking photos of a site which housed a 60 year old beautiful brick home that has now been divided into 2 blocks of 10m 67cms wide(!!) so cluster housing of a duplex can be built in this designated proven high bushfire zone!
God Bless, Wollongong City Council for allowing the destruction of a historic suburb.
Objectors said this duplex was not suited to the suburb but the Gong Council said it was the type of streetscape they wanted!!
Which means, all the other time capsule houses of the Tops, the only suburb on top of the Illawarra Escarpment, are in danger of changing into the Cluster Duplex MacMansion Suburb, and as i said in a proven HIGH BUSHFIRE ZONE!!!
Anyway here I am recording my progress shots when this turkey pulls up and approaches me without identifying himself and proceeded to question me about photographing this property (must be some sort of secret project though adjacent neighbours can look right down on it and his safety liner was blown off the safety fence anyway). I just gave him my Dirty Harry look and walked away and he followed me (maybe he likes men?)
I didn't get far because there was a ribbon barrier but he kept'a coming. He got so close I put out my hand to stop him which he did. The as I walked up the Council embankment, he tried to grab my camera and hit my arm. Whereupon I informed him he just assaulted me but kept following me.
I took a couple of pics as he was getting really close, then I saw a woman get out of the car so I took a photo of her taking a photo of me.
The bloke said you took a picture of my wife, but I said she's taking a picture of me!!! I moved away more and then I said we can get the police, several times and that's when he went back to the car and drove off.
A lot of being accosted by strangers is going on around the world now.
YOU JUST DON'T KNOW WHO THEY ARE OR WHAT THEIR INTENTIONS ARE!!
Fortunately for me the CCTV cams were on a continuous roll to back up my story.
Later it occurred to me that I didn't even think to turn the video function on of the camera I was holding... bummer, it would have made a real nice video.....
I guess the lesson to learned here is, DON'T SHIT FROM ANYONE AND MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A CAMERA WITH YOU TO DOCUMENT THE PROCEEDINGS!!!