Man sparks backlash after asking council to shutdown children's drink stand

Ash Cant
·3-min read

A man who took offence to a children’s makeshift drink stand and asked council to shut it down has been hit with a wave of backlash online, prompting him to delete his Twitter account.

The man shared an image of two children and their makeshift stand where they were selling drinks and sweets at Ramsden Reserve in Melbourne.

Screenshots of the now deleted tweet show the man had an issue with the children’s stand due to coronavirus restrictions currently in place in Melbourne.

He even suggested the council should attend the scene and ask them to move along.

A man has shared a photo of two boys and their makeshift food and drinks stall in Melbourne, amid COVID restrictions - however the outrage was directed at the man on Twitter, not the young boys. Source: Twitter
A man has shared a photo of two boys and their makeshift food and drinks stall in Melbourne, amid COVID restrictions - however the outrage was directed at the man on Twitter, not the young boys. Source: Twitter

“@YarraCouncil Group of lads selling sweets and drinks for cash in Ramsden reserve, during stage 4 lockdown is pretty silly in my humble opinion,” the tweet said.

“Maybe worth sending someone down here? They didn’t listen to me. Along the Yarra trail walking track.”

The man who shared the tweet has since deleted his account, but not before the masses unleashed on him for photographing the children, who appear to be relatively young.

It appears the main issue people took with the tweet was the fact the man had shared a photo of the children to social media, potentially without their parent’s consent.

“A grown man dobbing on a couple of kids for doing something completely harmless and posting their photo online is pretty silly in my humble opinion,” someone fired back in response to the tweet.

“Mate this tweet is cooked. Why the hell are you posting pictures of someone else's kids on the internet?” another person said.

Many people said they hoped the parents of the children take legal action against the man for sharing the photo.

A few said they would go down and support the boys, while one joking tagged the Australian Taxation Office to alert them to the “bloody tax dodgers”.

The man has since deleted his Twitter account, after people expressed their outrage for him sharing a photo of the two young boys. Source: Twitter
The man has since deleted his Twitter account, after people expressed their outrage for him sharing a photo of the two young boys. Source: Twitter

Many people seemed to find the man’s tweet hypocritical, as it appears earlier this year, amid the pandemic he shared his support for Black Lives Matter protests, as per screenshots shared prior to the deletion of the account.

Meanwhile one person congratulated the man on a monumental achievement.

“Congrats mate,” the tweet said.

“You have somehow figured out how to unite both the right and the left on an issue.”

It seems as though the tweet was shared a few days ago, as Victoria reported declining daily numbers of COVID-19.

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