Hawthorn's Campbell Brown won't take 'No' from anyone - or anything. He's had his day in court for last year's drunken assault on a 7-Eleven ATM that refused to give him money.
In a hearing of the Melbourne Magistrates Court (AFL Division), Campbell answered charges of criminal damage, wilful damage, using insulting words and using indecent language, stemming from his big night out on June 19th, 2005.
Just after 5am, he staggered into a 7-Eleven and fronted the Automatic Teller Machine.
Brown removed an out-of-order sign from the machine and tried to withdraw money. Told it was not working, Brown verbally abused a store employee. As Brown left the store, he struck and cracked the glass entry.(The Age, 3/2/06)
Many of us have found ourselves in a 7-Eleven at 5am. Most of us have been disappointed - usually by the sausage roll we've foolishly bought. But it takes a special kind of arrogance and belligerence to doubt the "out-of-order" sign on the ATM while dismissing helpful suggestions from the staff. Launching a volley of abuse at the staff and mounting an attack on a building? That's pure Aussie Rules footballer for you: angry, stupid, lawless and rude.
While the incident was likely taped by security cameras, the footage has yet to surface. No doubt the broadcast rights are being hotly disputed behind the scenes.
As for young Campbell, well, he'll likely be put into a "diversion program" for first-time offenders. If the intent is to divert him from further crimes, they could do worse than divert him from the AFL and into something useful and respectable. Like working the 5am shift at a convenience store.
Citations: The Age, 3/2/06
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