Motorist anger as passersby steal truck's lost load
TOOWOOMBA man Peter Pitman saw a disturbing incident on the Range that wasn't quite in the Christmas spirit on Saturday.
"While going down the Range I noticed a truck driver trying to fix up his load of lucerne hay and not long after that I came across around 18 to 20 bales worth being moved to the side of the road by some helpful motorists," he said.
"While a smile beamed across my face at first, it soon turned into horror when I realised that three out of the four cars that stopped to move the hay off the side of the road weren't there for the karma or to lend a hand.
"They were there to steal the hay.
"Something these people thought would probably do well in their garden, but that costs a farmer $11 a bale.
"What has the world come to when a struggling farmer can't even rely on the people he potentially feeds to give him a helping hand?"
Mr Pitman said that out of the 20 bales that fell of the truck he managed to get around 12 back to the farmer.
"What really gets me is the people who stole the bales off this farmer had to drive past his truck after they had just stolen his feed and none of them felt guilty enough to return what they had taken," he said.
"Next time you thieves take something that isn't yours think of the people it affects.
"I don't care if you think $11 isn't a significant amount to someone struggling to feed their stock, it's as important as it ever will be."
Mr Pitman said he loaded up his friend's ute with as much hay as he could and returned it to the farmer.