A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: September 4: Vote Supervalue


"It looks like Labour's creative agency borrowed its campaign straight from the supermarket bargain bin," says Brad.

Election snub

David Lindsey of Mt Roskill recently volunteered to work at a polling booth on election day. "Never having done it before I thought it would be a useful civic service to my fellow citizens," he explains. "I filled out the online form and waited for a response. When it came, I was surprised my application had been declined and that they had selected other applicants with more qualifications, skills and experience. While I'm delighted that my electorate possesses so many people with more of all these than me, I thought my PhD in NZ parliamentary politics, my status as a part-time lecturer in electoral politics, and my decade-long experience as a project manager in a political organisation would have ensured I possessed sufficient qualifications, skills and experience. I'm currently giving a series of public lectures at the University of Auckland on the 2014 election, and I'm now wondering if I should even turn up to the next class, my reputation now being in tatters."

Stung and frustrated

A reader writes: "At the Civic car park I paid for parking for one hour and 20 odd minutes and was shafted $17 -- the full day rate. I proceeded to the ticket office which was unoccupied. I tried the intercom and was asked 'why did you pay that' as if I had some choice. After leaving I called Auckland Transport to advise what had happened to be told I have to appeal online. Great! The fare should have only been $6. A warning to other parkers not to get stung."

Older than her years

Jack writes: "A conversation between my 5-year-old granddaughter Astrid and her Dad. "Is there really a magic man in the sky who controls everything Dad?" "No," he replied. After a short pause she asked: "Do you think we should go to the church and tell them?"

"It looks like Labour's creative agency borrowed its campaign straight from the supermarket bargain bin," says Brad.

"Saw these signs while walking down Courtenay Place in Wellington yesterday. This guy has got to find someone! So clever and original."

Unless the media hunt him down and identify him thus rendering the sex appeal achieved by this stunt at nil.

- NZ Herald

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