Brickbat: Toss This

Yoav Silverstein and some of his friends would gather on Fridays to toss around a flying disc at a park in Glen Eira, Australia. But a city offiical stopped them one day and told them they would have to get a permit and pay $120 if they wanted to keep playing an organized sport. That's just for one day. A six-month permit will cost more than $300.

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  • Longtorso||

    This is the best Friday Funny in months.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    GLEN EIRA NEEDS MONEY. Or whatever it is they use to barter with down under.

  • ||

    that's a pretty affluent area of Melbourne. No wonder the council tries to soak the locals for as much as possible

    Oh, and we normally use rum or wool, but the caps of old Coca-Cola bottles left by American sailors are also legal tender

  • ||

    You Aussies have a different spelling for Nuka-Cola?

  • Ted S.||

    Sounds more like an effluent area of Melbourne to me.

  • Bardas Phocas||

    -- Petty Dictator

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    "Throwing a Frisbee to my friends isn't an organized sport. Sod off."

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    In Australia they call flying discs "frisbees"? Weird.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    I thought they only threw boomerangs, didgeridoos, kookaburras or whatnot?

  • AlmightyJB||

    Outbacks kookaburra wings are the bomb.

  • ||

    Clearly state-sponsored antisemitism.

  • Ken Shultz||

    "A six-month permit will cost more than $300."

    What did they do with all the taxes he's already paid?

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    What did they do with all the taxes he's already paid?

    Hired the guy who goes around extorting more money.

  • SKR||

    sounds like a good investment.

  • Bob_R||

    This is why Parks and Recreation is struggling in the ratings. You have to have better writers to come up with stuff this absurd.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "They're just kids at the end of the school week doing something better than going down to the pub and drinking," he said.

    What's the drinking age in Oz? The kid is 17 years old.

  • Generic Stranger||

    18, iirc.

  • ||

    the drinking age is 18 in every jurisdiction. Kids do sneak into pubs, or buy cheap and horrible booze from shops, and avoid getting carded (asked for ID) by having older mates do they buying.

  • 34lbs||

    Too bad full driving licenses aren't available till 18 years.

  • 34lbs||

    That's only in Victoria actually, my bad.

  • Rich||

    "Is dropping trou an organised sport?"

  • sarcasmic||

    When using public space, the term "public" means "everyone but you."

  • John Galt||

    So was the flying disk full of alien seppos?

  • LTC(ret) John||

    If it had been the RAAF would have shot it down with a giant, mutant attack kookaburra!

  • 34lbs||

    No need for a kookaburra, we could just send a SAB (Surface to air Boomerang) at it.

  • John Galt||

    "Sab" it's a keeper.

  • Cyto||

    This is the perfect opportunity to trot out my favorite ad-lib of all time:

    Way back in high school on the last day of school a few of us were tossing around a Frisbee in class before the teacher showed up. When she arrived she yelled at us for doing something so dangerous. Kenny immediately piped up, "That's right Ms. Bowen, I knew this kid and one time he got decapitated and he had to go to the hospital!"

    Apparently oblivious and undeterred, Ms. Bowen said, "That's right, it could happen..." as she confiscated the Frisbee.

    Kenny, if you're out there, that still ranks as the quickest and most original comeback I've ever heard.

    Same teacher threatened us on another occasion because we were throwing a football in a large field next to the school building. She was worried that we would accidentally run into the huge 2-story brick structure and hurt ourselves. And you wonder where my objections to the public education system come from.


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