Lismore man stranded by floods still has a sense of humour, and gets his nuggets

By Shayan Shankar

South Lismore man, Tom Papworth, erected a sign saying "running low on chicken nuggets - requesting airdrop" outside his home after floodwaters struck in the wake of Cyclone Debbie. Photo/Instagram
South Lismore man, Tom Papworth, erected a sign saying "running low on chicken nuggets - requesting airdrop" outside his home after floodwaters struck in the wake of Cyclone Debbie. Photo/Instagram

Amongst the carnage brought by Cyclone Debbie was a man's simple request for chicken nuggets.

Tom Papworth found himself stranded in his South Lismore home when floodwaters began to rise last Friday, according to Daily Mail.

Unable to leave the house, Papworth took the unorthodox step of erecting a large sign outside his front porch that read: "Running low on chicken nuggets. Requesting airdrop."

Papworth took it upon himself to bring some levity to a serious situation as Cyclone Debbie wreaked havoc across north-east Australia.

"I'm just an everyday guy who was running low on nuggets and thought it would be in good taste to share some lighthearted humour with a grief stricken community," he told the Northern Star.

As people waded through the flooded waters on canoes, Papworth explained people were laughing and his idea to "make light of a bad situation" was working.

NSW SES also got wind of his plea for chicken nuggets but denied his request because of "higher priorities".

Brent Hunter from the SES NSW did however provide some assurances that Papworth's hankering would not got completely unnoticed saying that he would "try and get him some in the next couple of weeks".

Yet it was days not weeks before Papworth was able to get his hands on some tender nuggets after they were "delivered by canoe".

His craving was soon filled a few days later when friends brought him the nuggets via "canoe". Photo/Instagram
His craving was soon filled a few days later when friends brought him the nuggets via "canoe". Photo/Instagram

He posted on Facebook a hilarious follow up video where two of his friends, dressed in worker crew gear, brought him the savoury snacks.

It was not the airdrop that he had requested as his delivery came via canoe on the back of a truck, but that did not stop him joyfully raising his chicken nuggets in triumph.

Of his little stunt Papworth said that it was a bit of "lighthearted humour with a grief stricken community". Photo/Instagram
Of his little stunt Papworth said that it was a bit of "lighthearted humour with a grief stricken community". Photo/Instagram

While Papworth did not evacuate his home and says he has lost furniture because of it, he is glad that his sign allowed residents a little relief.

"We live in a flood zone, we knew it was going to happen. And as bad as it is, events like this unite the community."

- Daily Mail

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