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Risky business

Wednesday, 15th January, 2014

By Nick Gibbs

Broken Hill Police are urging residents to exercise caution when uploading data online in light of social media trends that are gaining popularity locally.

Detective Inspective Mick Stoltenberg warned residents of possible repercussions when posting photos and videos onto sites like Facebook, especially in regard to the latest fad, ‘NekNominate’.

“I’d like to remind people that posts on Facebook have the potential to go viral very, very quickly. Remember that everything you put online can come back to haunt you,” he warned.

The NekNominate craze involves ‘necking’ a beer and nominating two friends to continue the chain.

The Facebook page offers this straight forward description of how the game works.

“The neknominator has the honour (after posting a video of themselves skolling/chugging a beer) of calling out or “#neknominating” two neknominees.”

However, as social groups get increasingly creative in an attempt to outdo each other, safety concerns are significantly amplified. 

Footage of a man who appears to be restrained inside the boot of a car skolling a schooner has attracted the attention of Victorian Police.

Another online video shows a young female swapping beer for straight vodka, resulting in the consumption of over 10 standard drinks in one hit.

Detective Inspector Stoltenberg urged people to use common sense when alcohol was involved.

“It can be done safely and in good fun, but the risk is when people go too far,” he said.

“The drink responsibly rule should still apply, if you have already had a considerable amount of alcohol you shouldn’t go skolling another drink.”

The Facebook page ‘Crap Drivers of Broken Hill’ is also attracting a strong local following. 

According to its description, it was created to “allow for the shaming of the crap drivers of Broken Hill. Feel free to post comments, photos and videos of bad behaviour on our streets.”

Most of the shaming appears to reflect bad parking with several pictures showing cars straying from the lines or occupying multiple spaces.

An administrator comment underneath a photo of a grey Mitsubishi Magna parked across two handicap parks on Argent Street offers further clarification of the incident, stating: “The person who sent this in checked that there was no disabled sticker on this car, so not only is it bad parking it shouldn’t even have been there.”

All visible number plates have been either been blurred or blacked out.

The page was created last Thursday, January 9 and had already attracted 1642 ‘likes’ as of yesterday.

Detective Inspector Stoltenberg was pleased to see there had been an effort made to protect the identity of shamed drivers but did not condone the behaviour.

“I’ve noticed the number plates have been blurred which I’m pleased to see but it’s obviously not something we endorse,” he said.

“When you’re identifying people online there can be repercussions down the track with people seeking revenge or payback.”

Inspector Stoltenberg also expressed concern that many of the photos appeared to have been taken from behind the wheel of a vehicle which had the potential to take focus off the road. 

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