WATCH: Gold Coast prankster takes social distancing to whole new level

A Gold Coast prankster has used a home-made clothesline to reinforce the Federal Government’s strict 1.5 metre social distancing rule during yesterday’s election.

Serial joker ‘Shammi’ raised eyebrows across the city, after he was seen riding along footpaths in Burleigh and walking through a local Bunnings store with a clothes line attached to his body.

The bizarre sight certainly turned heads, with many questioning what was going on.


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However, it turns out there was actually meaning to the weird scenes, with Shammi later taking to Facebook to reveal he was simply using the clothes line for ‘social distancing’.

In the vision, taken at Burleigh Heads State School, the prankster can be seen trying to enter the polling booth to cast his vote before he’s turned away.

“You’re not coming in with that, sorry, it’s not going to go through the door,” one of the election officials can be heard saying in the clip.

He again tries to enter the polling station when things begin to heat up, with the vision showing another election official pushing the prankster’s clothes line when he refuses to leave.

The video, which has racked up more than 1.2 million views since being posted overnight, has received mixed reactions from people on social media.

“Ok there’s funny and not funny. That’s not funny, stay home and quit distracting those who are trying to keep people safe,” one person commented.

“At least you have proof you tried to vote and while keeping the social distancing rule happening,” wrote another.

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The Queensland elections were met with controversy, with thousands of people refusing to go out and vote due to the coronavirus outbreak.

But the Queensland Premier has defended her decision to let yesterday’s elections go ahead.

Annastacia Palaszczuk told the Today Show that she simply acted on expert health advice.

“My Chief Health Officer said it is absolutely safe to go and do that,” the Premier said.

“As long as people practice social distancing, its’ perfectly safe… there’s actually more issues when people are congregating at shopping centres and Dan Murphys.”

The opposition is now calling for the State Government to waive all fines for people who declined to vote.

“No one should have to vote if they are worried about their health,” LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said.

“A lot of voters didn’t turn out yesterday because they were simply concerned about risking their health.”

Anyone who failed to vote risks copping a fine of $133.

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Rod King
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Rod King

As a voter on the Gold cost the old man crossed the line in physical conduct. Shammi was peaceful and within his legal safety right and the old guy physically and abusively dismissed him. Terrible form volunteers

Alan
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Alan

No He WAS NOT they edited the film and cut out the disruption of him knock the old boy to the groung and knocking over equipment laptops and booths he is an idiot that needs to cop a fine for assualt and being a public nuisance

James
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James

Ahhh. So he was disrupting & misbehaving towards other members of the public before he calmed down, eh? Well, I agree with you Alan 100%.

Ginger
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Ginger

Oh lighten up will you, he made most of us laugh and I’m sorry to tell you this but it doesn’t matter how many lap tops someone may accidentally knock over with their hills hoist, it does not give anyone the right to assault another person which is exactly what that old man did. I was quite embarrassed for the elderly gentleman actually, thought he would have acquired better ways to deal with public at his age

Marilyn
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Marilyn

Loved this mate please do some more couldn’t stop laughing really cheered me up sorry you got mishandled

Judie
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Judie

Hi so happy tommy got in again he should b prime minister,

D, Seumahu
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D, Seumahu

Perfect , love it! obviously noone has a clue how serious how important social distancing of 1.5 metres looks. Bit of humour, especially how unprepared Postal voting staff behaved, yet Bunnings staff pretty much got it! Bring on reality with humour.

Debbie
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Debbie

This is great..a bit if humour is so needed. Shame on the behaviour if the volunteers at the polling booth…it was so unnecessary.

Bondy
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Bondy

Let’s please all have a minute’s silence for the death of comedy. 2 seconds in, the novelty had already worn off. If this is funny, wow you people are bored. Or boring. Yeah maybe that’s it.

Ginger
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Ginger

Yet here you are in the conversation with us, you exciting person you

Alan
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Alan

this guy ‘Shammi’ needs to grow a brain he thinks he is being funny but is rather pathetic and sad lets hope he does not breed.
to try to dirupt the elections in this manner was stupid the only people he affected were the staff managing the polling booths and they have NO affiliation with the poletitians they are just there to do a job perhaps he should engage his brain and see who his cretinous stunts actually harm.

Dennis Roelandts
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Dennis Roelandts

Keep it real your living in a bubble mate he’s just having a bit of fun your to serious

Ginger
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Ginger

Oh yeah cause the place looked soooo busy with voters right lol
good on him for having a bit of fun, he didn’t hurt anyone and made a lot of us laugh and if those workers had not been so angry inside they could have simply had a laugh with him, let him vote then waved goodby to him when he went to leave.

Andy
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Andy

Absolutely disgusting that guy getting assaulted!! Totally unacceptable! Hope the things of chap is arrested for assault.

Rambofreeman
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Rambofreeman

Definitely fine the paranoid idiots as a lot of them that could vote should have on line.