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Open mike 06/12/2020

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 6th, 2020 - 34 comments
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    • joe90 1.1

      Seems they did drop $100K in real money, and $40K worth of discounts. Sadly, the street wasn't really paved in gold so the crowd resorted to mob violence and attacked a worker. Fuck ém.


      • Jester 1.1.1

        I think the company are a bunch of dickheads, but I still can't get over how stupid some people are. That guy Wayne Lynch drove for approximately six hours from Palmerston, spent $120 on petrol. And then he lets the media interview him……….if that is true then he's basically just outed himself as the most stupid person in NZ.

        • joe90

          The widespread acceptance of casual violence is at the root of family harm, bullying, thuggery, drunken violence and shit like this. And we should call it for what it is; an inter-generational blight that plagues our society.

          • greywarshark

            The widespread acceptance of casual violence is at the root of family harm, bullying, thuggery, drunken violence and shit like this. And we should call it for what it is; an inter-generational blight that plagues our society.

            Leave the precariat alone. These people have been suffering badly for decades from poverty and lack of opportunities and a place of security to live in, with standards of living and working conditions far below those commonly regarded as the norm. They have been treated roughly by the government, they have coped by hardening up.

            So seizing opportunity being ready to give things a go, travelling to the site of the stunt in anticipation many find that once again they have been conned and lashed out which is their normal behaviour.

            Don't say fuck'em, say: Don't turn people into scrabbling animals fighting over a bone. It's inhuman the way that the poor have been treated in NZ and on a left-leaning blog your approach, and the similar others, shows as much understanding as David Shearer's snide remark about beneficiaries, implying that they are likely skivers. The neolib vicious know how to bring the worst out in people, that knowledge is embedded in their creed, such as that nobody does anything for others out of kindness of heart, it is done for a buzz of personal satisfaction; this was done as a publicity stunt. The owner activated the neolib core in people to a level he didn't understand or expect. So I think this quote from him about his employee's health also applies to him.

            "I think he got glass in his eyes. The hospital is reviewing it. He might have glass permanently in his eyes, he might not be able to see, who knows? Or he comes right and they wash the glass out."

            And: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/432215/fake-cash-drop-marketers-should-apologise-professor

        • mac1

          To look at it kindly, Mr Lynch just did what many do nowadays- got his five minutes of fame.

          As for the stupidity? Drunk drivers, drug-impaired drivers, gamblers, Lotto ticket buyers, betting on horses, unprotected sex, voting National, avoiding vaccinations, speeding, dangerous overtaking, drinking DB………. have I missed anyone yet?

          As a wise ancient once said, "Let he who is without sin…."

          Our ethnologists wrote of the cargo cult as an aberration; I wonder what they said about the cultists who climbed Mt Herbert on Banks Peninsula for The Rapture a few years ago.

          Then there are the people who comment on blogs.

          Then there are the people who read them…….

      • Cricklewood 1.1.2

        I cant believe it was allowed to go ahead tbh, the entire premise was a recipe for disaster…. soumds lile quire a few nasty injuries

        • RosieLee

          I can't believe that people could be so stupid and gullible.

          • francesca

            or desperate

            • Incognito

              Yup, and FOMO, just like house buyers, especially first-home buyers. To call them stupid and gullible is just lazy labelling and patronising, IMHO.

          • Westykev

            "I can't believe that people could be so stupid and gullible."

            I can, look at the election result, 57.9% were

            • greywarshark

              What was that belch about Westykev. Are you a real westie? We are talking about poor people's hopes not being met after a large business promotion. Nothing else at the moment.

              • Westykev

                Don’t think there would have been many wearied there mate. Bullshit meter was off the scale.

    • McFlock 1.2

      um- why was the "Safety" Warehouse having staff work "20 hours straight"?

      He said when staff went to leave for some food after working 20 hours straight, they were approached “then assaulted and ultimately mobbed by a bunch of thugs”.

      Let alone the surprise that a promise to drop $100k in cash might result in a riot. So much for risk assessment.


  1. Adrian Thornton 2

    Letter to RNZ this morning…

    What has happen to RNZ National?

    Once considered the gold standard in NZ news and current affairs by most critical thinkers, but now only a shadow of its former self..and to make matters worse it has become overtly racist and classist during it slow spiral downward.

    Sure RNZ National has better ratings than ever..but then The Daily Mail is the most widely read English speaking news source in the World so I am not sure you would want to read into those statistics too deeply.

    The producers at RNZ have it seems, become completely captured by what can only be described as a fully immersed and quite overt text book form of Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky's 'Manufacturing Consent" a book and thesis that I am sure you are all well aware of.
    However as the old saying goes 'Knowledge is no defense'…and this sadly looks to be the case within the staff rooms of RNZ.

    I will just observe one case to illustrate my point, though I could go on infinitum if I desired with RNZ Nationals almost daily, either omissions of information or distortions of information, which is ironic as it is RNZ who have been one of the most vocal in their (rightful) attacks on fake news..however RNZ themselves are at worst guilty of doing exactly that, and at best regularly feeding out (or commonly not feeding out) news (especially international) in way that either distorts and/or diminishes the very news it is meant to be unbiasedly disseminating.

    Why is it that RNZ has not covered the huge strikes and protests in India where up to 250 million farm workers and farmers participated in a general strike in what is looking be the largest workers strike in history?
    Now one could reasonably assume that this would warrant at least a small amount of coverage and follow up, especially as many Kiwis are farm and horticultural workers themselves so would easily be able to relate to the plight of these workers, there are also quarter of a million Indians in New Zealand, I am sure this news would be of interest to some of them..but no, not on RNZ.

    I will leave it to the reader to unpack to reasons why the (possibly) largest workers strike in human history, carried out by brown people against neo liberal labour reforms doesn't meet the standard of worthy news in the offices of RNZ.

    Adrian Thornton
    Hawkes Bay

  2. Patricia Bremner 3

    Adrian, it is evident to many, but often just put in the too hard basket. Good on you for bringing this up.

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