Drunken tirade of abuse
A BRAVE young female security guard has vowed to keep patrolling Townsville streets late at night despite an encounter with a drunken lout that left her severely shaken.
S e c u r i t y d o g h a n d l e r C h l o e Teards, who has been on the job for six months, said nothing prepared her for the tirade of abuse she was subjected to.
‘‘ It makes you wonder why you do the job because you’re only there to make the streets safer and make sure everyone gets home,’’ Ms Teards said.
‘‘ It was pretty scary behaviour . . . it completely stressed me out but I won’t let it stop me from doing my job.’’
The 19-year-old, who works for Proactive Security at Kelso, was monitoring the Flinders St redevelo p ment wit h her f i v e - y e a r - o l d German shepherd, Noah, when an i n t o x i c a t e d n i g h t c l u b b e r a p - proached.
The man yelled ‘‘ Oi you f** king lesbian looks like you need to feed your f** king dog’’ and ‘‘ Yeah ya c** t, bring it on c** t’’ before trying to stub out his cigarette on her arm. Other guards intervened.
Ms Teards said she was disappointed to hear the 37-year-old offender, Karl Frank Summer, got a $ 250 fine after pleading guilty to public nuisance in the Townsville Magistrate Court this week.
Proactive Security general manager Adrian Brown said the man was lucky he didn’t get a bite on the backside from the security dog.
‘‘ He said he was going to smash her and the dog – she did believe she would be assaulted,’’ he said. ‘‘ We’re shocked to find out a male used such foul language at a female guard, it’s appalling behaviour.’’
Mr Brown said it was usually male security officers who were the target of threats and sometimes physical abuse.
‘‘ There is a lot of foul language most of the time and a high level of aggression – the uniform just attracts it,’’ he said.
Mr Brown believes the fines for the offences against guards were not enough to make some bad eggs think twice. ‘‘ The saddest thing is that they are let off with silly fines – $ 250 is what these guys would throw away on alcohol.’’
He said procedures in place often tied the hands of his employees, so tougher penalties would assist. BRAVE: Security guard Chloe Teards
with patrol dog Noah