Keep it down in the quiet car­riages

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WE ALL know things are done dif­fer­ently up here in Queens­land, but one poor vis­i­tor to the south­ern states is now ab­so­lutely cer­tain that’s the case when it comes to quiet car­riage eti­quette.

He re­ceived a lit­tle more than he bar­gained for dur­ing a train ride south from Syd­ney.

“On the quiet car­riage pass­ing He­lens­burgh, and sit­ting by the op­po­site win­dow an older lady - well dressed with enough jew­ellery to bribe her way across the bor­der - is cross-stitch­ing a snowflake when she sud­denly shifts her weight and, ca­sual as you please, lets rip a fart of truly epic pro­por­tions,” our stunned vis­i­tor said.

“She doesn’t look around or ac­knowl­edge the other pas­sen­gers.

“I doubt she even dropped a stitch.”

Scam­mer win

A COU­PLE vis­it­ing Greece was tired and not re­ally think­ing fol­low­ing their long trip.

They were ex­plor­ing around the Acrop­o­lis when they got stopped by a man who wanted to have a chat and asked how they were and where they were from.

All of a sud­den he started ty­ing bracelets around their wrists and asked for “any money out of the kind­ness of their hearts”.

Re­al­is­ing they had been set up for a scam the only way they could get out of the sit­u­a­tion was a do­na­tion of 15 euros ($22).

The young lass was not re­ally an­noyed at los­ing the money, but more that she had been made aware of the Ro­mani peo­ple of Greece af­ter a friend had been scammed out of $40 dur­ing his own trip.

Scam­mer fail

A WISE Toowoomba woman was pretty happy to pat her­self on the back af­ter avoid­ing a scam re­cently, but it turned out be­ing wise to a dodgy call just wasn’t


The call was from a mo­bile num­ber pur­port­edly be­long­ing to debt col­lec­tor Dun and Brad­street.

Our lady was pretty cer­tain she didn’t owe Tel­stra a cent, so she re­fused to of­fer her de­tails

and per­haps even pulled out a cre­ative ep­i­thet or two.

She got off the phone, put in a call to both Tel­stra and the real Dun and Brad­street to con­firm her debt-free sta­tus and was sat­is­fied at a job well done.

The only prob­lem was the

scam­mer kept call­ing back, in­sist­ing the only way to make the calls go away was to pro­vide her de­tails.

Not one to back down eas­ily, she found her­self with a few spare min­utes.

She called the num­ber back and when the woman

an­swered and thought she’d fi­nally reeled in her fish af­ter weeks of ef­fort, our wise woman said, “Oh, you can’t help me. I just thought I’d call up to find out what you’d be do­ing if I hadn’t just called you.”

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