'Cops suck ****': Ute sticker shocks the country
AUSTRALIANS have slammed a driver cruising the streets of Sydney with a highly insulting message about police.
The offensive sticker on the back of a silver four-wheel-drive is as obscene as it is succinct: "COPS SUCK D***".
When disgusted listener Brian sent the picture to 2GB's Sydney Live radio show, "shocked" host Ben Fordham exploded.
Reading out the sticker's message, Fordham said he would not say the final word "for obvious reasons".
"How offensive if you're sitting behind the bloke in traffic and you have young children in the car, who are learning to read as my children are at the moment, and they say 'what does that word say, daddy?" he said.
"I wonder what kind of attention he is trying to attract from the boys and girls in blue. I don't think they'll take too kindly once we broadcast this bloke's rego."
Brian responded the driver was "either really brave, or he's a real goose, and I think it's the latter".
Fordham then broadcast the licence plate of the silver Nissan Navara to his listeners. "I want police to know what this driver is saying," Fordham said.
"I don't think I'm breaching any confidences by sharing this information. The bloke is driving around in public with massive words across the back of the car.
"I'm sure the NSW police force will be pleased to have this information. Do your best. I can't believe this photo.
"I just keep thinking 'you absolute moron'. What kind of idiot would invite that kind of attention from the boys and girls in blue who are just going out there to do their job?
"I hope they pull him over and say 'hey mate, what's your story?'"
Brian took the picture as he drove home from work on Tuesday afternoon near Wolli Creek.
He said he was three cars behind, and could see the message clearly.
"It's right in the middle of the windscreen, you're looking straight at it.
"It's pretty blatant, it's pretty rude and I thought it's a bit 'how ya going?' so I sent it in."
Reaction to the broadcast was swift. Dee, who identified herself as the wife of a police officer told Fordham her heart was in her mouth.
"Every morning we wave him off to work, me and my children. He's taking his life into his own hands. He's out there to help the community. It's nice to have them appreciated and not have them slandered."
She said police do take "these things to heart, particularly when they've had a hard day, and to their families, that's just insulting."
Fordham responded with more disgust.
"The reality is if some knucklehead went up to this bloke's window with a gun and tried to carjack him and there was a police vehicle behind, they would be the ones to step in and help him.
"But this flog drives around with an offensive message trying to defame every single NSW police officer."