Outraged? Come on first world problems people

Some people have nothing better to do other than be outraged.

This time is is over tweets from Dick Quax, especially one where he basically says Glen Innes is a crime suburb.

Auckland councillor Dick Quax has been causing a stir online with flippant comments about public transport and the regular presence of police in an Auckland suburb.

The Howick councillor and former Olympian, who describes himself as “pragmatic and moderate” on his Twitter page, sparked a lengthy debate on the social media site after several tweets to his 339 followers.

In one tweet on Friday, he appeared to suggest a nearby suburb was crime-ridden: “Police helicopter ‘Eagle’ now declared official bird of Glen Innes,” he said.

Some people responded with surprise, saying it was “unbelievable” and a “disgraceful” comment by an elected official.

Mr Quax defended his tweet yesterday, saying it was a personal observation which was accurate.

“In fact, the police helicopter was up there last night for another half-hour. It’s more common than anywhere else it appears.

“I don’t know if it’s got a high crime rate or not but it does seem the police helicopter does spend a lot of time there. You might want to check with police if it’s one of the areas they spend more time.”

Everyone in Auckland knows GI is a no go zone, you either drive thru it on a direct route or around it.

Glen Innes has one of the lowest crime resolution rates in the city, at just 8%.

But wait the outrage continues.

Mr Quax also fired up some Twitter users with his comments about public transport on Saturday.

Responding to a tweet which said the shopping mall Sylvia Park needed better transport options, Mr Quax said “no one in the entire Western world uses the train for their shopping trips”.

He later added: “[T]he very idea that people lug home their supermarket shopping on the train is fanciful”.

The tweets prompted more than 100 responses.

When some users pointed out that “smart, elegant Europeans” shopped without cars, he said these same people were responsible for starting two world wars.

Those “smart, elegant Europeans” don’t generally shop in supermarkets whereas most of us in Auckland do…and they aren’t in every suburb.

I’d like to see someone shop at Botany and take the train. Or Whangaparaoa, or anywhere on the North Shore for that matter.

As I said at the start these are first world problems.

There seems to be this underlying culture in Twitter that if someone says something different to you we can all gang up and attack them and run off to the media “outraged” or “offended”

Get a life. Be offended, nothing happens.


– NZ Herald

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