Sunday, June 15, 2008


I was in my local Bunnings Warehouse in Ashfield this morning and noticed that although they have a locked cage for storing spray paint (as per the regulations), they are storing excess stock on top of the cage where it is easily accessible to anyone walking past.

The excess stock included glossy spray paint and line marking paint.

There are quite a few boxes of paint up there.

Since this appears to contravene the Summary Offences Act 1988 Section 10D, I rang the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 and reported it.  The response that I got was that the next available car will visit the store and have a look.  Events like this don't get a COPS Event Number as it is not malicious damage or something like that.  Although I presume some sort of event number will be recorded if they prosecute the store.

The Summary Offences Act says that:

(2) A spray paint can is properly secured if it is displayed:
(a) in a locked cabinet, or
(b) within or behind a counter in such a manner that members of the public are not able to gain access to the can without the assistance of the occupier or an employee or agent of the occupier, or
(c) in any other manner prescribed by the regulations.

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