[POLL] Having a tinkle, racism, and going back where you came from

A woman peeing on a busy beach less than 50m from public toilets has sparked an outcry from Bay of Islands residents.

The incident comes after the case of a French freedom camper defecating on a Dunedin street made national headlines and even prompted the French government to update its travel advisory urging tourists to respect local laws.

The woman, who was thought to be in her 60s, was seen by Waitangi resident Paitangi Ostick as she was turning in to her driveway opposite Tii Beach around midday on Thursday.

“I saw her crouch down, I saw this white arse, and I thought ‘what the?’ … I couldn’t believe it.”

Families picnicked and children liked to play where the woman relieved herself. A public toilet was less than 50 metres away.

Ms Ostick approached the woman and asked her why she used the beach as a toilet.

The woman told her she didn’t care. “It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last,” the woman said.

The woman’s husband, who said they were from Cromwell in the South Island, told Ms Ostick to “go back where you came from, we were here long before you”.

The dumb.  It hurts.

But.  Does having a tinkle really need this kind of outrage?

The council could also issue a $400 fine under its Litter Infringement Policy, but that would depend on whether the woman defecated or urinated on the beach.

From Easter the council is replacing its one-size-fits-all $400 littering fine with a schedule of fines ranging from $100 for a small amounts of litter up to $400 for repeat offences and offensive waste. The council can also prosecute in serious cases.

Offensive waste.

I’m waiting for Hate waste next.



– NZ Herald

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