Home' The Bunyip : July 2nd 2014 Contents Page 16 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, July 2, 2014
EVERY team has
them. When their
side is flying, they
parade around with
their football scarves
and guernseys, boasting
about how their team is
a sure thing to win the
They watch every game
and take pleasure in gloat-
ing at opposition supporters
whose sides are struggling.
But, when the tough
times hit, they go into hi-
Footy is no longer a topic
of conversation, games are
no longer watched and you
would not even know which
team they followed.
They are the bandwagon supporters.
With the success of Port Adelaide
this season, many have been accusing
their supporters of being 'bandwagon-
Although I am proudly South Aus-
tralian, I do not support either of the
local AFL sides, therefore placing me
in the perfect position to give a neutral,
balanced opinion on this issue.
Granted, when Port Adelaide started
winning, their supporters returned in
Membership and crowd numbers
are presently at an all-time high with
the Power sitting second on the ladder
and many people I know, who I didn't
even think really followed footy, are all
proudly chanting "We Are Port Ad-
But for Crows' supporters to be la-
belling Port Adelaide supporters as
'bandwagoners' is a bit like the pot call-
ing the kettle black.
In the 'glory days' of the mid-2000s
under coach Neil Craig, the Crows
They won their first minor premier-
ship in 2005 and were red-hot favour-
ites to win the flag that year and again
Coincidently, around that time, I
have never seen so many Crows' sup-
This is apart from 1997/98, of course,
when every person in the state jumped
on the Crows' bandwagon after they
won back-to-back premierships.
When Adelaide embarked on its fi-
nals campaigns in 2005 and 2006, it
seemed everywhere I went there was
red, blue and gold and a Crows' revo-
lution had begun.
Unfortunately, these fans receded as
quickly as they appeared, as Adelaide
lost two consecutive preliminary finals
to the West Coast Eagles to dash hopes
of a premiership.
Suddenly, they had all gone quiet.
There is a saying, when the going
gets tough, the tough get going.
But for bandwagon supporters,
when the going gets tough, it's time to
go home and pretend you don't care
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TACKLES THE SCOURGE
OF SHOPPERS GAINING
A REFUND FOR FAULTY
In my opinion...
WHEN you buy
a faulty prod-
uct you have the
right to a refund, repair or
Thanks to Australian Con-
sumer Law, we are all granted
this guarantee, ensuring we
are not ripped off and unfairly
And yet, in practice, things
are, unfortunately, not so sim-
ple.Just recently, someone I
know tried to return a hand-
bag with a broken strap -- after
just a few months use -- but
was refused a full refund be-
cause she did not have the
This is despite having proof
of the purchase on a bank
statement, and the store ad-
mitting they were the sole
stockist of the bag.
Hopefully, in this situation,
the staffer was simply not
aware of laws and was not pur-
posely being deceitful -- either
way, the situation was made a
lot more difficult and stressful
than it should have been.
I, unfortunately, hear stories
such as this all too often.
And, while there is little we
can do about the way we are
treated by a business, know-
ing our rights at least gives us
some fighting powers.
For example, you can ask
for a replacement or refund
if a problem with a product is
A product or goods has a
major problem when: it has
a problem that would have
stopped someone from buy-
ing it if they'd known about it;
it is unsafe; it is significantly
different from the sample
or description; or, it doesn't
do what the business said it
would, or what you asked for
and can't easily be fixed.
Keep in mind, consumer
guarantees do not apply if you
got what you asked for but
simply changed your mind,
found it cheaper somewhere
else, decided you did not like
the purchase or had no use for
it.I've obviously simplified
the rules a bit, so if you get
a chance I encourage you
to check out your rights for
Alternatively, a much easier
and fun way is to watch ABC's
And, it would be nice if
shop owners and their staff
save us all the hassle and read
CARL PFEIFFER ASKS, ARE YOU A BANDWAGON
FRIENDS of the Gawler Library is again
holding a major book sale.
The sale will take place on Friday, July 18
(9am to 4pm) and Saturday, July 19 (9am
to noon), in the Gawler Institute, Murray
For $10, readers can fill a bag with books,
magazines, DVDs and cassettes.
All novels and children's books are avail-
able for 50 cents each, with hardback refer-
ence books $1, CDs/DVDs $1 and maga-
zines 20 cents.
All funds raised support the Gawler Pub-
lic Library in its provision of reference and
reading material and audio books, as well as
the running of community poetry and short
story competitions, along with school holi-
THE search is on for a local hero and upstanding
citizen to grace the cover of next year's telephone
The theme for next year's Yellow and White Pages,
'Australian Stars Rising Above', celebrates up-and-coming
Australians making positive changes in their community.
They could be young entrepreneurs championing a
new idea, people achieving big things beyond their years,
mentors supporting local talent or young people who are
an inspiration to their peers.
White Pages product manager Sarah Simpson said the
cover highlights rising stars.
Nominations close on August 15 and can be made via
White Pages' website (whitepages.com.au) or Facebook
In 2012/13, Lyndoch's Kevin 'Billy' Boyle featured on
the cover under the theme 'A Helping Hand, The Aussie
Cover photo call Library book sale
Gawler - too lovely to litter
Every team has them -- they are bandwagon supporters.
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