A long time ago I worked with a fridgey who did service calls. Occasionally, while sitting home bored, or a bit light for cash since he was a wicked punter, he would ring up friends and ask them to call in faults on their air conditioning. Then, for a call-out fee of four hours double-time, he would reset a circuit breaker and be home quicker than Tubby Taylor can say "No wonder Fujitsu is Australia's Favourite Air."
The rort came to mind recently when I saw the 50 sign on Kilby Road, Kew East was missing.
It could be local oafs pinched the sign; it wouldn't be the first road sign that's adorned someone's pool room. But why let a little mischief get in the way of a good scandal.
Do you reckon the operator of the local speed camera, feeling the GFC pinch and needing a revenue boost, had the sign pinched? After all, it's at the bottom of a steepish hill, and the speed limit is still fifty. Surely in the months the sign has been gone they've nabbed a few unwitting speed merchants doing 54 or 55.
Not that I'm suggesting any malfeasance... oh, wait a tick.