Why this angry driver’s note is going viral
Shaming poor drivers is a popular trend — but sometimes it helps to know the target’s story before you pen that vicious note.
Emma Gearing was furious after she returned to her parked vehicle after visiting the doctor to find a note accusing her of parking in a disabled spot without proper reason.
“Laziness is not a disability,” the note reads. “Using a disabled badge when you don’t need it could cost you £2,000 and permanent removal of the badge. Don’t take your good health for granted.”
The 26-year-old mum slammed the culprit as “heartless” on Facebook.
It turns out her son Reggie has several medical conditions and needs to be fed through a peg inserted into his stomach.
“I think it is disgusting how people can judge too quickly,” she wrote. “Pushchair, walking, wheelchair whatever is used you should never ever judge anyone!! I feel so sorry for anyone who has gone through this themselves.”
She said medical disabilities are “not always obvious”, and that she hoped the writer would see the post and learn that.
Ms Gearing also said she wants her response to go viral. It’s received over 100 shares on Facebook.
Gold Coast man wins $60m Powerball jackpot
A retired Queensland man has won the entire Powerball jackpot worth $60 million.
The Burleigh Heads man says he’s staggered by the win, the second-largest division one prize ever won by a single entry in Australian lottery history. He held the only division one winning entry, “That’s unbelievable! I’m a bit stunned. I don’t know what to say. I’m staggered. I can’t get my head around it,” he told a lottery official yesterday.
The Gold Coast local, who wanted to remain anonymous, said he bought the ticket on a whim and planned to share his good fortune with his family.
Foley resigns after sexual assault claim
A journalist has levelled an explosive allegation against New South Wales Labor leader Luke Foley, claiming he put his hand in her underpants after a parliamentary Christmas party.
Ashleigh Raper, the ABC’s former state political reporter, issued a statement today describing Mr Foley’s alleged conduct after an official function in November 2016.
Ms Raper’s statement sent shockwaves through state politics and saw the man who was on track to be the state’s next premier sensationally resign his position on Thursday afternoon.
In a brief statement to the media, Mr Foley insisted the allegations are false and said he planned to sue for defamation.
“I can’t fight to clear my name and fight an election at the same time. It’s just not possible. Therefore, I am resigning as leader of the Labor Party effective today.”
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Man launches legal battle for Tinder date
A Dutch “positivity trainer” has launched a huge legal battle to change his age in order to snag a Tinder date.
Emile Ratelband, 69, is pushing to shift his birthday from 11 March 1949 to 11 March 1969.
He compared the change to identifying as being transgender.
“We live in a time when you can change your name and change your gender,” he told local newspaper De Telegraaf. “Why not your age? Nowhere are you so discriminated against as with your age.”
He said his legal age impacted his employment opportunities and his love life.
“When I’m 69, I am limited. If I’m 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different car. I can take up more work.
“When I’m on Tinder and it says I’m 69, I don’t get an answer. When I’m 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position.”
He claimed doctors told him he has the body of a 45-year-old, and described himself as a “young god”.
He even said he would give up his pension if the court ruled in his favour.
The case has gone to a court in Arnhmen, Gelderland, where it is expected to give a ruling within four weeks.
But newspaper reports suggest the court is sceptical of the lawsuit, saying there is no legal way one can change their date of birth.
Horrific dance floor massacre kills 12
The 28-year-old gunman who killed a dozen people inside a California bar packed with university students has been identified as Ian David Long, a former US Marine who may have been suffering from PTSD, the Ventura County sheriff said.
Long tossed smoke bombs and unleashed a hail of bullets from a .45-calibre Glock 21 fitted with an extended magazine at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, about 65 kilometres north of Los Angeles.
Patrons screamed in fear, shouted “Get down!” and used barstools to smash second-floor windows and jump to safety as gunfire erupted at the bar, a popular hangout for uni students.
The dead included 11 people inside the bar and a sheriff’s sergeant who was the first policeman inside the door, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said.
“It’s a horrific scene in there,” Sheriff Dean said in the bar’s car park. “There’s blood everywhere.”