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PostSubject: Strawberries   Strawberries EmptyMon 17 Sep 2018, 6:28 pm

Didn't this begin in QUEENSLAND?

I read somewhere that a female strawberry picker (who had a mental disability) was "groped" by another male strawberry picker and that a smartarse Solicitor, who acted for the "groper", asked the "mentally disabled" strawberry picker a few questions and got the "groper" off. Perhaps there is a connection?

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PostSubject: Re: Strawberries   Strawberries EmptyMon 17 Sep 2018, 8:11 pm

Didn't hear that.

But apparently its going Australia wide, I just hope its just one idiot and not a lot of copy cat ratbags...
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PostSubject: Re: Strawberries   Strawberries EmptyMon 17 Sep 2018, 9:21 pm

http://www.ozpolitic.com/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1515468309/101

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Reminds me of this case I had, and I have posted about it before.  Dunno why it sticks in my mind but it has.  There were some tricky nuances (she was mentally handicapped) to this but it boiled down to this really:

Strawberry pickers have to bend over to pick.....well, they did then.  (I've seen some farms now where they seem to lie down on a sort of sled thing to pick.)

So, there is the female picking in front of this bloke who was directly behind her.  She is bent over.  He was a sort of foreman who was also picking.

He grabs her arse, and digitally 'rapes' her.  She moves away and the engagement ends.  He does the same the next day, and the engagement ends.

On the third, she is bent over, he is directly behind and it happens again.  She moves away and the engagement ends.  But, this time she complains and he is charged.  I am 'defending him.'

Anyone here guess what I asked her when I cross examined her?

After the right questions, the charges were thrown out.
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PostSubject: Re: Strawberries   Strawberries EmptyTue 18 Sep 2018, 7:49 am

NO PUNNET INTENDED

Australians used to enjoy delicious strawberry smoothies. Now we’re getting strawberry sharpies:

   Australia has ordered an investigation into the discovery of sewing needles hidden in strawberries, amid growing alarm over scares across the country.

   Contaminated punnets have now been reported in six states and territories. A minister called it a "vicious crime".

   One man was taken to hospital after eating a strawberry that held a needle.

Large-scale strawberry farming is a complicated caper, because even a slight shift in conditions can turn a potentially sweet crop into a bunch of dense, juiceless, vaguely strawberry-flavoured balsa wood.

As well, strawberries are not easily suited to automated picking, meaning harvests are time-consuming and expensive.

Strawberry growers walk a hard road. And when sales-damaging sabotage happens, well, marginal operations may be pushed to the wall.

Given the nationwide nature of these needle incidents, we’re probably looking for someone working at a major packaging and distribution point. Or at a primary instigator within such a place and multiple copycats throughout various states.

As a descendent of grain, beef, milk and wool farmers, I would very much like to see the person or persons responsible for this be captured and handed over to police. But not before a few farmers were permitted to hold a private meeting with the suspects.

It wouldn’t take long. In fact, I know one or two farmers who could cut that meeting down to just a few seconds.

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/blogs/tim-blair/no-punnet-intended/news-story/a28cf66087687ac0cd31ecc2de99f4ed
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PostSubject: Re: Strawberries   Strawberries EmptyWed 19 Sep 2018, 6:51 am

Seems to me there have been a handful of occurances and now the whole crop is being trashed because of these dickheads with nothing better to do.

10 years gaol might not be long enough for the harm they have done.
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PostSubject: Re: Strawberries   Strawberries EmptyWed 19 Sep 2018, 3:36 pm

Berry sabotage prompts harsh new penalties

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced people who contaminate food will face harsh new penalties, as the strawberry needle crisis drags on.

Pranksters who post food contamination hoaxes on social media could soon face 10 years behind bars, as the federal government announces harsh new criminal penalties in response to the strawberry needle crisis.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the "idiot" who first sabotaged Queensland strawberries, setting off a distressing series of events, had risked the livelihoods of farmers and put fear in the hearts of parents across the country.

"This is a shocking and cowardly thing for this individual and others who have jumped onto the bandwagon here to have engaged in," Mr Morrison told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.

Anyone found guilty of contaminating food could soon face a maximum of 15 years in prison, up from 10 years.

The threshold for the harsh penalties will also be lowered from an intention to do cause anxiety or harm, to simply engaging in a reckless act.

The new criminal penalties are on par with child pornography and terror financing offences.

Additionally, anyone who piggy-backs off such a crisis by engaging in a reckless hoax would also face 10 years behind bars.

The offence would extend to people who provide false reports or make jokes in poor taste on Facebook.

"It's not a joke, it's not funny, you are putting the livelihoods of hard-working Australians at risk and you are scaring children, you're a coward and you're a grub." Mr Morrison said.

"If you do that sort of thing in this country, we will come after you and we will throw the book at you."

Mr Morrison wants the laws to pass parliament by the time it rises on Thursday evening.

"I don't care if you've got a gripe with a company, I don't care whether you've got a gripe with your fellow worker, this is a very serious thing," he said.

Attorney-General Christian Porter said the sanctions would not be applied retrospectively to those responsible for the existing strawberry saga.

"But the reason we are doing this so quickly is ... this sends a massive deterrence message to anyone out there who would further cripple this industry.

https://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/joyce-wants-reward-for-strawberry-culprit/news-story/af17898450c5a614387088e0adbe9de2
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PostSubject: Re: Strawberries   Strawberries EmptyWed 19 Sep 2018, 3:41 pm

Totally agree. Some disgruntled strawberry farm employee or something, and all the copy cats too. News that some kid found a needle in his lunch box - in a banana! Cops called to the School.  Also heard some idiot had stuck a needle in an apple.  It is NOT even slightly amusing.

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