By Steve Dellar  |  09-23-2018   News
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Do not misunderstand me. There is nothing laughable about gun control, but you can hardly expect the current generation of political world leaders to take the thousands of 15-year-olds marching for ‘new gun control laws’ serious when after a few weeks of marching and blocking roads they go back to snacking on Tide pods (USA), taking XTC pills (Europe) or sticking needles in fruit (Oceania).

Yes, indeed, the 15-year old (who cannot be named for legal reasons) who felt he was badly treated by his employer and started sticking needles in strawberries (he was arrested on Friday) might have just started a new ‘social media’ trend. We can all only hope that platforms like Facebook and Whatsapp immediately report anyone ‘daring’ a friend to do the same.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Australia&#39;s strawberry contamination crisis has gone international with a New Zealand supermarket finding needles in the fruit. <a href="https://t.co/RMUPoIVX1k">https://t.co/RMUPoIVX1k</a></p>&mdash; Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) <a href="https://twitter.com/TwitterMoments/status/1043876260382998529?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 23, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The Australian scare of metal needles found in strawberries (and unfortunately other fruit as well) has now spread to New Zealand after a punnet of the fruit in an Auckland supermarket found to contain needles as well.

The Countdown supermarket chain said it had taken a brand of Australian strawberries off the shelves.

Related coverage: <a href=" https://thegoldwater.com/news/37413-Australia-Strawberry-Needle-Crisis-Continues-Saboteurs-Could-Face-10-Years-In-Prison"> Australia - Strawberry Needle Crisis Continues, Saboteurs Could Face 10 Years In Prison</a>.

More than 100 reports of needles found in supermarket fruit in Australia. Police admit that most are copycat cases and social media jokes.

The New Zealand Countdown stores issued a statement: "We take food safety very seriously."

"Customers can return any Choice brand of strawberries they may have at home to Countdown for peace of mind and a full refund."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The strawberry sabotage crisis has spread to New Zealand with a brand of fruit from WA withdrawn from sale across the country. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StrawberrySabotage?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StrawberrySabotage</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/7News?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#7News</a> <a href="https://t.co/WuzTLiCMLr">pic.twitter.com/WuzTLiCMLr</a></p>&mdash; 7 News Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) <a href="https://twitter.com/7NewsMelbourne/status/1043791909817278466?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 23, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Just last week, the Australian government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison has raised the maximum prison sentence for fruit tampering from 10 to 15 years and offers a reward of A$100,000 ($72,000) for anyone offering information.

Meanwhile, farmers have been forced to dump tonnes of unwanted fruit. The strawberry scare, which has hit them during peak production, will damage sales in an industry worth about A$130m a year. The price of strawberries has dropped by 50% because of the scandal.

Source: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12130382

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tab No. 37828 1537727927

it's time for the creator of the universe to put an end to the human scourge on planet earth.

Anonymous No. 37836 1537731991

tab @ 37811 is so uneducated, that he actually thinks somebody created the universe. wow!!

Not your friend No. 37838 1537734624

@37812

You're pitiful for not understanding the true meaning of what he says. Let me guess, millenial? If not, wow, just wow.

AristotleClone No. 37851 1537758508

You stupid racist fuknNeanderthals, us worthless wh*te scum deserve death for stealing all the land we live on from superior PoCs.

Sandy No. 37815 1537761237
I foresee a spike in metal-detector sales.
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