BIRTH COMES WITH F- BOMB

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - RACHEL RI­LEY rachel. ri­ley@ news. com. au

A TOWNSVILLE woman’s plan to steal hun­dreds of dol­lars worth of items from a shop­ping cen­tre was foiled be­cause her get­away ve­hi­cle was a lo­cal bus.

Dan­nika An­gel Archer yes­ter­day pleaded guilty to three charges of steal­ing and one charge of wil­ful dam­age in Townsville Mag­is­trates Court.

On April 5, the ap­pren­tice chef packed a trol­ley with toi­letries from the Wool­worths su­per­mar­ket at Stock­land Townsville and fled. She had also stolen per­fume from Terry White Chemists and other items from Bras N Things and an­other tem­po­rary store.

Archer ran from the shop­ping cen­tre with the items, worth a to­tal of $ 429, and caught a bus. Shop­ping cen­tre se­cu­rity called po­lice, who ap­pre­hended her at the next stop.

The wil­ful dam­age charge stemmed from an in­ci­dent on De­cem­ber 29 last year, when Archer dam­aged cloth­ing from fash­ion store Salt 66 at the Castle­town shop­ping cen­tre.

She had forcibly re­moved se­cu­rity tags from dresses, caus­ing a rip of about 1cm. She was con­fronted by staff who asked her to pay for the items.

Archer handed the items, worth $ 149, to staff and left.

Mag­is­trate Peter Smid fined Archer $ 750 and or­dered that she pay com­pen­sa­tion to Salt 66. No con­vic­tion was recorded. AN­DREW BACK­HOUSE A TOWNSVILLE mother has been left shocked by a let­ter from the State Gov­ern­ment ask­ing for her par­tic­i­pa­tion in a sur­vey by us­ing an ex­plicit code word.

Hay­ley Dyer gave birth to her daugh­ter Olivia in April and was last week con­tacted by the Queens­land Registry of Births, Deaths and Mar­riages to par­tic­i­pate in a Uni­ver­sity of Sun­shine Coast study about un­ex­pected deaths in in­fants.

Ms Dyer was told she could ei­ther fill in the en­closed ques­tion­naire or com­plete the sur­vey on­line but she must use her unique and con­fi­den­tial four- let­ter code word – f* ck.

“I hon­estly thought it was a joke and that some sort of virus must have got into their com­puter sys­tem and changed the code word,” she said.

Ms Dyer has since re­ceived an apol­ogy and was told her com­put­er­gen­er­ated F- bomb might not have been the only in­ap­pro­pri­ate code word to slip through.

“They said it was a one in 465,511 pos­si­bil­ity that my vari­a­tion of let­ters could have been gen­er­ated,” she said.

“Ap­par­ently there have been some other let­ters that have gone out with other some­what in­ap­pro­pri­ate terms.

“God help them if the C- bomb gets out there.”

A spokesman for the Registry of Births, Deaths and Mar­riages said the depart­ment was asked to fa­cil­i­tate the dis­tri­bu­tion of a sur­vey to re­cent moth­ers on be­half of Uni­ver­sity of Sun­shine Coast. He said all user codes pro­vided to the sur­vey were one- offs and should not have con­tained in­ap­pro­pri­ate lan­guage.

“The Registry of Births, Deaths and Mar­riages ( BDM) as­sists wher­ever pos­si­ble with health re­search,” he said.

“The four- let­ter codes were ran­domly gen­er­ated by com­puter and were pro­vided to BDM. Un­for­tu­nately, the of­fen­sive word was not de­tected by ei­ther USC or the BDM staff ff mem­ber tasked with fill­ing the en­velopes.”

The spokesman con­firmed the depart­ment had con­tacted Ms Dyer to per­son­ally apol­o­gise for any of­fence caused by the “ad­min­is­tra­tive over­sight”.

“In fu­ture, BDM will seek guar­an­tees from re­searchers that any ma­te­ri­als pro­vided for dis­tri­bu­tion have been ap­pro­pri­ately vetted,” he said.

Ms Dyer said she was pleased the is­sue was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated but was tak­ing the sur­vey in good hu­mour.

“I might get the let­ter lam­i­nated and keep it in Olivia’s glory box and show her when she’s 18 be­cause she prob­a­bly shouldn’t know that word un­til then,” she said.

MEM­O­RABLE MO­MENT: Hay­ley Dyer, pic­tured with nine- week- old daugh­ter Olivia, was asked to par­ticipe in a State Gov­ern­ment sur­vey that al­lo­cated her a four- let­ter swear word as her “code” word. Pic­ture: SCOTT RAD­FORD- CHISHOLMM

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