Anyone else struck by they utter hypocrisy of Albury Councilor Darryl Bettridge’s call for Albury police to rid “his shop” of illicit drugs and antisocial behaviour? (Border Mail, front page 17/9/11)
Let’s be utterly clear on one issue right from the start, Sweethearts pizza in Dean Street has been little more than a haven for crime, violence, obnoxious drunken behaviour and anti-social malingering for as long as I can remember.
As if this wasn’t enough on its own, it’ proprietor Daryl Betteridge (who was shoehorned into council on the support of the “Dean Street Trader’s Association” essentially a lobby group of powerful and well cashed up grog peddlers and poker machine merchants) has consistently and obstinately fought against and defied calls by Albury police to reduce his late night trading hours to assist them in their efforts to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the CBD at night.
Now, despite styming them at every conceivable opportunity “civic-minded” Daza, is calling for Albury police to use their time and resources to clean up his hovel of a pizzeria.
I can tell you right now the fastest way to clean the joint up. CLOSE IT DOWN.
If it’s absolutely IMPERATIVE for the good of the community to be able to get the worst pizza ever made at five am, RUN IT AS A DELIVERY ONLY PIZZARIA AFTER MIDNGHT.
In other words STOP PROVIDING A VENUE FOR CRIME AND ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOUR TO LINE YOUR OWN FILTHY POCKETS AND THEN PRETENDING IT’S SOMEONE ELSE’S RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP IT UNDER CONTROL.
For once in your entire life Mr. Bettridge, just one time, put the overall good of the community ahead of your own profit motive.