Bunkle to seek diversion

November 23rd, 2007 at 6:09 am by David Farrar

Former Alliance Cabinet Minister Phillida Bunkle is expected to seek diversion in relation to her shoplifting charges.

Seems reasonable. It was only $22, but you do wonder what the hell was she doing.  Unless one is pathologically a thief, or you are so poor that $20 is more than you can afford, why would you shoplift?  And in fact she had $200 in cash on her it seems.  Maybe there was a grudge against the store owner?  It just seems so bizarre.

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34 Responses to “Bunkle to seek diversion”

  1. cha (4,076 comments) says:

    Cannon Bob Lowe did much the same thing and I always felt sorry for the poor old boy.

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  2. big bruv (14,127 comments) says:

    Would a former National party politician receive diversion?…. I hope they throw the book at her.

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  3. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Ofen this kind of offending is not ‘isolated’ to the one time caught out. I also think there is an element of the behaviour which is a ‘cry for attention’ of some kind.

    Sometimes the attention is that of self-gratification, but even when one is caught, for the goods involved, it is a relatively cost-effective way of making oneself the focus of attention.

    You also have to take the boredom factor into account. I mean shoplifting is a relatively easy way for anyone with a need for excitement to experience a break from the mundane – then it becomes addictive, I suppose. You can ask the same question ‘why do high-profile politicinas sometimes get caught kerb-crawling?’

    Either that or it was a genuine mistake by Ms Bunkle. Who can tell?

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  4. Inventory2 (10,405 comments) says:

    She “forgot” to pay – and according to the Doctrine of Dear Leader, forgetting is “not a hanging offence” – nothing to see here, it’s a beltway issue, move on……….

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  5. andrei (2,668 comments) says:

    Its called Kleptomania and it is frequently often middle aged well heeled women who get caught.

    Ms Bunkle is far from unique in finding herself in this embarrassing position.

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  6. the deity formerly known as nigel6888 (852 comments) says:

    poor old Phillida is a late middle aged (ok elderly), eccentric woman. She got confused easily enough when she was an MP, imagine how she has deteriorated since.

    I suggest that eccentric old lady forgets to pay for $20 of groceries while pottering around absentmindedly is not really a story guys.

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  7. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    deity – “I suggest that eccentric old lady forgets to pay for $20 of groceries while pottering around absentmindedly is not really a story guys.”

    I wish you ‘d stop trying to play the Winston thing down so much – it’s so transparent!

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  8. Zutroy Abadolov (80 comments) says:

    Maybe she’s having a mid life crisis and a spot of kleptomania would brighten things up?

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  9. the deity formerly known as nigel6888 (852 comments) says:

    i now hear that the forgetting involved stuffing the goods down her shirt!

    OK so now mad old lady caught stealing (again) claims innocence – I guess even more obvious that this is really a reference to winston

    :)

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  10. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Well the only thing stuffed down Winson’s shirt is ‘baubles’

    I watched a Parliamentary Question Time featuring WInston Peters recently and I had to ask myself this question (and I am sorry if it is unfounded)
    “Is that man drunk?”

    Should that be: ‘The babbles of office.”?

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  11. PM of NZ (22 comments) says:

    “Unless one is pathologically a thief”

    Isn’t that a very necessary requirement to be a MP?

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  12. gd (2,286 comments) says:

    Well what you expect from Socialists I mean if your party can steal $800,000 from the taxpayer whats $22. Thieves like all Socialist supporters.

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  13. Andrew Bannister (213 comments) says:

    DPF, how is this not dog-whistling?

    [DPF: I think it is disgraceful you are referring to the former Minister as a dog.]

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  14. hinamanu (2,352 comments) says:

    Bob Lowe got caught stealing ?

    wow

    Is he still alive??

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  15. grumpyoldhori (2,362 comments) says:

    An ex politician, give her five years to show
    none are above the law.

    Old Bill was right about the lawyers, but he
    should have included the politicians

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  16. Falafulu Fisi (2,179 comments) says:

    This story is similar to Wynona Ryder a few years ago, where she was caught shoplifting.

    [DPF: Ryder was hotter :-)]

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  17. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    Maybe the poor old dear had been smoking the last of her taxpayer purchased hemp curtains before she went shopping

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  18. david c (254 comments) says:

    “DPF, how is this not dog-whistling?”

    Ex-f*cking-actly.

    It takes a lot to p*ss me off but this has done it something fierce.
    “Well what you expect from Socialists I mean if your party can steal $800,000 from the taxpayer whats $22. Thieves like all Socialist supporters.”

    Good one GD, every socialist is a thief. Nice work. Oh no hang on, National also had to pay some money back, so every right-winger is a thief.

    “Would a former National party politician receive diversion?…. I hope they throw the book at her.”

    What the f*ck does that even mean? Did your thought process go: “Oh the party I support would get screwed for this in my wacko world, so I shall make bizarre rantings and ad hoc claims.

    Poor form you lot. Poor form.

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  19. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    david c : Why don’t you do as your lot keep telling Nick Smith “Take your medication boy”

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  20. david c (254 comments) says:

    Why don’t you do as your lot keep telling Nick Smith “Take your medication boy”

    “Your lot”.

    What’s your lot Johnboy?

    Rational people? People who aren’t raving lunatics?

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  21. bobux (349 comments) says:

    Graeme and david c

    How do you define ‘dog-whistle’?

    This appears to be a news item about a well-known former MP. In what way is it improper for a NZ politics blog to mention it? Is there some kind of ‘relevance’ test that items have to pass before being mentioned?

    Yes, most of the comments are tasteless. So what? Free speech means that even morons (from all sides of the political spectrum) get to have their say. It would take a whole couple of seconds searching to find similar abuse coming from the left-hand side of the screen.

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  22. bwakile (757 comments) says:

    Considering the lefts are masters of diversion ie Mallards stadium etc, I would think that diversion is entirely appropriate in this case.

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  23. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    What’s your lot Johnboy?

    Rational people? People who aren’t raving lunatics?

    Yes to both the above.
    At last you have got something right Dave.
    See how much better you are when you have taken your pills!

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  24. john (478 comments) says:

    HELL this bitch was a politician,being a thief ,its a learned skill

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  25. burt (8,305 comments) says:

    andrei

    Its called Kleptomania and it is frequently often middle aged well heeled women who get caught.

    You are possibly correct. However I think it’s just being a socialist. She saw a situation where the shop had more of the things that she wanted than she had so she applied some equalisation.

    As much as I would have liked to see her punished for claiming away from home allowances while living in Wellington a few years back, and I think that shows the character of the woman, diversion seems entirely appropriate in this situation.

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  26. hinamanu (2,352 comments) says:

    “Its called Kleptomania and it is frequently often middle aged well heeled women who get caught.”

    Kleptomania is not a one off thing. If this woman has kleptomania she will have stolen many times. Otherwise she was just bored and testing the system.

    Just like this,,,,

    Cacofinix the squirrel,, what a nutbar!!

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  27. kehua (225 comments) says:

    Rermember the woman that fainted at the checkout, she had a couple of frozen chooks in her knickers.Talk about cold turkey, she obviously wasn`t into thongs either.

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  28. hinamanu (2,352 comments) says:

    I can just see it,, she didn’t take account of the queue.

    lol. What a porpoise.

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  29. tim barclay (886 comments) says:

    She misses being a socialist politician stealing money from other people through excessive taxation, so to keep her hand in, she steals from shops.

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  30. GNZ (228 comments) says:

    Kleptomania is pretty common.
    It is generally not “needs” (like bread) that get stolen or things with a particularly good resale value its lipstick and eye catching underwear and such things.

    So while some thefts are a strategic decision most seem to be just impulse.

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  31. Andrew Bannister (213 comments) says:

    [DPF: I think it is disgraceful you are referring to the former Minister as a dog.]

    Oh wow, that is just too witty for me. And they say the right don’t have a sense of humour. Damn, now I need surgery to get my sides sewn back together.
    While I’m there, they should probably lop off my hands. With them, I’ll probably just end up stealing from hard-working kiwis, me being a lefty an all.

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  32. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “While I’m there, they should probably lop off my hands. ”

    A brain transplant would be the most effective repair.

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  33. hinamanu (2,352 comments) says:

    In my wisdom I waited for the appropriate answer.

    and guess who it came from ,, no surprises there.

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  34. Andrew Bannister (213 comments) says:

    A brain transplant would be the most effective repair.

    Perhaps you could help me there redbaiter – where did you get your magnificent specimen from? By the way, did it come with Bitter-hatred Version 1.0 already installed, or is that a module that needs to be ordered separately?

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