Mornington, Victoria, January 26th 2010. Good times and proud to be Australian as we rocked up to the main street to buy the traditional Australia Day Fish’n’Chips on the beach with family. My son and I watched the parade of community clubs, CFA, SES and the like as they made their cheered and flag waving way down the main thoroughfare of Mornington whilst we awaited our order. Returning to the car, the day turned sour as it was evident someone had ripped off the large Australian flag (and bent the flag pole) I’d installed on the rear of the car the previous evening. More than annoyed that someone would do that on a day of pride like this my son and I began the loop around back to the beach. The wretched individual responsible had pulled the flag so hard the eyelets were still attached to the pole so keeping an eye on each of the groups wearing the large flags as capes it wasn’t long before I spied a lad and his mate with an obviously ripped flag, missing the eyelets. As I passed him he turned and the guilty look on his face was enough for me to make a U-turn and pull up beside him. “Where did you get your flag?” I asked him, “up at the store.” He replied nervously. “Which store and do you have your receipt?” I asked him, watching his face drop as he knew I had him. At this point his mate decided to be belligerent and said to me something along the lines of “what’s it to you”. At which point I decided to depart the vehicle and tell them. “Take that off now and if the missing eyelets holes and extra centre hole which attached it to my car are evident then you’re in a whole world of trouble mate” I said to the now trembling kid. Of course they were. I proceeded to show him how they matched completely. The kid (must’ve been all of sixteen) had the courage to apologise and say sorry however his mates were so stupid they didn’t get that I had them red handed. The first kid had spilled that his mates had ripped it off but he had tied it around his neck so when these delinquent idiots began making out I couldn’t prove it I gave them a verbal lashing that drew the attention of all the passersby. So this is the youth lining up to inherit our country? Stealing a flag, damaging property and making out that someone telling them off about it is in the wrong? One line that almost cost one youth his teeth I recall was “what’s the big deal, it’s only a $6 flag”, to which I replied “Stealing the Australian flag off someone else’s car, damaging it in the process, then parading around with it wrapped around your neck as though you’re a patriot is a big deal! What kind of Australian are you?” I challenged these idiots to explain to their parents what they had done but as expected, they’re all cowards. The elder guy that spoke to me before I left thought it was not worth getting upset with them but to this idea I disagree, it’s that attitude that is building this belligerent and callous youth of today that has no respect, no pride and do not deserve to be called Australian.