Drunken tirade of abuse

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Roanne John­son roanne. john­son@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

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

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