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.
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.