The Art of the Australian Insult

Chocolate shoplifters
August 4, 2008, 8:36 am
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“If they ask why it is because of a recent spate of shoplifting involving people of their appearance. If they start yelling or otherwise call the Police.”

Memo to staff of a Taree, North Coast liquor store, in which they were instructed to bar ‘coloured’ people from entering.

“If any group of aboriginals mixed or otherwise comes into the shop you will ask them to leave. (This does not include any customers of a long term basis) Say to them they are not be allowed in [sic] – but they can come in idnividuallyiif they are willing to be searched on their way out.”


Tim Leonard, the owner of the Old Bar Cellars, said that he used the word ‘coloured’ because the shoplifter was not “a fullblood. Her skin was, whatever you want to call it, chocolate or something.”


Leonard has since discontinued the policy and offered a qualified apology; suspicious individuals are now accompanied around the store.


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