Captain Australia on the street
First, a general announcement. Kick-Ass will be released next weekend, and so tomorrow starts "Art Appreciation Week" here at Heroes in the Night. I will be spotlighting different media projects featuring a RLSH angle every day, Monday through Friday. More info tomorrow.
Today I've exchanged e-mails with an interesting guy, Captain Australia. Like a lot of Australians, the Captain is a larger than life type of person. You can read more on him at his website HERE.
The Captain has a situation in Australia he'd like to think of a strategy for very carefully, and is seeking advice.
In the Captain's own words:
I've accepted a Quest, and it will help me construct my strategy by taking on a range of viewpoints, as this one requires a bit of lateral thinking on my part.
What I'm asking is your opinion on the below:
- I was approached by a small business owner from King's Cross (in Sydney) who asked me to help.
(Editor's note: I actually stayed in the King's Cross area back in 2001. I don't know how much it's changed, but I remember it was an eye popping intro to Australia for me. In the five block walk from my bus stop to my hostel I walked past the porn theaters, bars, and kebab shops and was solicited by about seven prostitutes, several drug dealers, and various scam artists and panhandlers)
- Problem is junkies and dealers outside his store.
- There is a legal injection room nearby and a 1200 meter (about 0.75 miles) exclusion zone around it where you can legally carry a small amount of otherwise illegal drugs, for personal use.
- The junkies and dealers flaunt the inconsistent law, and it drives honest trade from this business, which is going belly up.
- The local drug trade is all ran by a network of Lebanese bikey gangs, very structured and very dangerous.
I'd be grateful for your ideas and opinions and general comments, it will help me compose my own plan of attack.
I told him that I would post here, and invite comments from RLSH about how they would handle this problem.
I think your response will not only help him (and me as a writer) but it will probably benefit yourself to think about what the right thing to do is in this situation. After other people post comments, I will in fact offer my own opinion.
Let me add a couple of fictional "what ifs" to this situation.
- The Lebanese gang is considered armed. They are not just causing problems for the business, but because they are hanging around outside, they are also harassing passers by (sexually harassing comments to woman, trying to start fights, pissing in the alleyway, leaving graffiti, etc.)
- The police for whatever reason REFUSE to intervene. Maybe the Lebanese bike gang has paid them off, or some weird zoning law exists.
If this was happening in your home town, and this business owner came to you asking for help, what would you do?