FF:VIC Amusing incident involving a star wars fan

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  1. Jet-Eye Jedi Master

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    http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/force-nabs-star-wars-fan/2007/05/25/1179601641933.html

    Bugger privacy and what not, does someone know who this is? Can someone please tell me it was Dags? Haha
  2. PulsarSkate Ex-Mod

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    Ha, the first report I read (albeit on the JCC) said this was in Canberra. I assumed PoT had gone mad and decided to Cosplay :p
  3. Obi1cannoli Jedi Knight

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    Oh dear, oh dear! I came on this morning to rant about how funny it was to see the pictures on the news last night and ask if there was anyone I should know there - but this is just so much funnier!! [face_laugh]
    Poor guy though - those charges better be dropped! We should charge the courtroom with our lightsabers![face_devil]
  4. SithLord-Mixo Jedi Grand Master

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    It is his own stupid fault for not concealing it properly!
  5. Dags Force Ghost

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    Nup, definately not me. Not even anyone I know either.

    You're right, the guy was a goose having the gun being visible like that, and wearing the all-black garb too didn't help.

  6. TK-4611 Jedi Padawan

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    That 'goose' was one of my troopers on his way to a promotional shoot for the 30th anniversary of ANH for the MX rag. As it was only his second troop with the 501st, he was unaware of public reaction to the appearance of replica props (not 'weapons').
    While he may have been a little careless in ensuring his E-11 wasn't concealed properly, there is little difference between what happened here and any of us out in public with our blasters un-holstered. If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me to point my 'gun' at them, I'd retire comfortably. The media has beat this up consistently since last week - in one story he is Darth Vader, in another he's a stormtrooper. In reality he is neither, and that is what ought to be remembered.

    Cheers,

    Bruce Harrison
    Commanding Officer
    501st Legion - Terror Australis Garrison
    www.501tag.com


  7. PulsarSkate Ex-Mod

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    Thanks for clearing that for us Bruce, very decent of you!

    Any word on whether the 'goose' is going to be formally charged? How's he coping with all the uh...attention?
  8. TK-4611 Jedi Padawan

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    He's doing better than he was this time last week.
    His main concern isn't the possibility of facing charges or losing his replica prop, it's about bringing the Star Wars universe into a bad light.
    I visited the arresting officer at the St Kilda Police Centre the next day.
    I handed him copies of a few certificates of appreciation, letters, cards & emails from the charities we support as well as a few pictures of us trooping (including several posing with the local constabulary!).
    They said they were understanding of the situation and would be surprised if it went any further.
    Lessons learned though.

    See you all at Jedi-Force - if not before!

    Cheers,

    Bruce
  9. Ree Force Ghost

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    OH they can piss off! "The charges still apply even though the gun was fake". As if!! Poor guy...
  10. lordvaderFF FanForce Chapter Rep

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    News of this even reached us in LA at C4.

    I knew it wasn't me.....at least I hope it wasn't me. :)
  11. SithLord-Mixo Jedi Grand Master

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    Carrying a fake exposed replica gun..what a newb!
  12. Dags Force Ghost

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    I guess this highlights one very important thing, and that is whenever someone joins a costuming organisation that they are given the whole run down of dos and don't regarding weapon visibility in a public place.

    I always remember that whenever Star Walking did costume promotions we ensured that all of our team were fully versed in how to deal with the public and what NOT to do regarding weapons.

    Having said this, our fellow here was on his way TO a promotion and not actually in it at the time so I guess it could've happened to anyone, still, I gotta say that common sense does have to kick in a bit here (sez the guy who once carried a replica SW blaster rifle down the middle of Mt Buller during the ski season once upon a time in full view of everyone). [face_blush]

    Anyway, It might've put the whole Star Wars world into a somewhat of an embarrasing light for a day or two but in great words of that famous Sandtrooper...

    "Move along, move along". :)

    BTW, Bruce great to see you in charge of the troops now. Well done. Remember, the Empire isn't evil, it's just a little misunderstood. :p



  13. SithLord-Mixo Jedi Grand Master

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    Yep I am used of film production in the general public. Sometimes we involve weapons and we have strict rules about holding and covering them. In this day and age of anti-terrorist actions it is important to be smart and wise about your actions.
  14. Ree Force Ghost

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    Yeah..be smart around paranoid people...
  15. HawkNC Former RSA: Oceania

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    As opposed to being paranoid around smart people, which seems to be the status quo. :p
  16. Ree Force Ghost

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    Smart people ARE paranoid...
  17. PulsarSkate Ex-Mod

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    I'm not picky. I'm just generally paranoid about everyone and everything
  18. lordvaderFF FanForce Chapter Rep

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    WHO SAID THAT?
  19. PulsarSkate Ex-Mod

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  20. lordvaderFF FanForce Chapter Rep

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  21. jedi_kein Jedi Knight

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    Looks like the war propaganda is working.... :(
  22. jedi_kein Jedi Knight

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    Yes indeed. Also, they are para-nnoyed. ;):D
  23. Jet-Eye Jedi Master

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  24. Jedi_Knight88 Jedi Master

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    "Mayor went to Dark Side...Darth Vader voice toy bought with stolen funds."

    Tee hee hee. Check it out here
  25. SithLord-Mixo Jedi Grand Master

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    He loves those gift vouchers also lol
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