Dr Mumbo

ABC journo discovers the dangers of shopping at Bunnings in red shorts and green shoes

ABC Queensland police and emergency services reporter Josh Bavas discovered the dangers of shopping at Bunnings on the weekend in loud clothes and suffering a cold when police detained him alleging he was “off his chops”.

Bavas better

The quick-thinking Bavas hit record on his phone and captured the exchange where Constable Richard Power, showing a less than informed knowledge of how the human eye operates, accused him of being under the influence of a dangerous drug because his “pinpoint” pupils didn’t dialate when he looked into the sun.


Bavas tweeted the video of the exchange which quickly went viral and was picked up by News Corp outlets.

“Mate, the fact you got pinpoint eyes and you’re looking directly into the sun and they’re not dilating, due to the sunlight,” the officer warns the reporter.

“I believe you to be under the influence of a dangerous drug. So for the moment, I’m going to detain you.”

“You’re going to detain me?” a stunned Bavas replied.

The exhange when downhill from there with Power telling a nearby colleague: “Mate, Reedy – he’s off his chops on something”.

“Oh fuck mate, if we hadn’t hung on to you mate, you’d float off into fucking outer space,” the second officer replied.

ABC Bavas ends well

Bavas was, it seems, then released and blamed the detention on his cold and possbile fashion choice.

“All’s well that ends well,” he tweeted a couple of hours later.

“May have had something to do with my red shorts and green shoes. Now back to building a retaining wall.”

So, there is Dr Mumbo’s fashion tip for the day. Don’t shop at Bunnings in Queensland with a sniffle and clashing colours. You might wind up with a Kennedy Award contender.



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