Across the Ditch: The 35 Year Old “Pensioner”

Monday, October 7, 2019 11:52 am
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Like all good big brothers, Jeziel likes to keep tabs on his siblings. So whenever they can Mel and Jeziel get Asa Andersen on the horn all the way from across the ditch; New Zealand! As Jeziel’s younger brother, he brings them an askew view of the New Zealand news.



Recently in NZ, the police have been cracking down on distracted drivers. After setting up cameras on one of Hamilton’s busiest roads, the police caught over 60 people texting and driving. But there were a few “notable” cases as Asa put it. Including a driver who was caught scrolling through a dating app while on the roads!

Through giggles, Asa went on to tell us about a driver who was caught eating and driving. He had a burger in EACH HAND and driving with his knees! There was another driver, doing the same thing with his knees so he could text with both hands.

“Who does that?” they all laughed, “you don’t even do that when you’re not driving!?”

Along with the fines, the driver got his burgers confiscated.

A 35-year-old was caught trying to use a gold card, which is like a seniors or pensioner card, to claim free public transport. When he got onto the bus, the driver said: “hold on a minute, you look way too good for your age, I don’t think you’re entitled to use that card.”

The man replied “no comment.”

Which then sparked a 30-minute debate between the driver and 35-year-old man, holding up the bus full of commuters. Eventually, all of those commuters left the bus to catch another one and left those two to their argument.

Poor Asa said he feels entitled to use a pensioner card. “I’d try and use it, and then if the driver said anything I’d say ‘look at this receding hairline!!’ There has to be some perks to balding.”

It’s always a pleasure catching up with Asa and checking in on the headlines in NZ.


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