Exasperated gypsies said Invercargill's youths continued to be among the worst in the country when it came to hurling abuse and bottles their way.
About 60 gypsies and their families in 30 mobile homes were in the city over the Easter weekend for the annual Gypsy Fair.
They travel to towns and cities throughout the country for eight months each year, entertaining punters and selling their wares on weekends.
Gypsies spoken to by The Southland Times yesterday said Invercargill hoons had been driving past their camp beside Queens Park hurling abuse, throwing eggs and bottles at their mobile homes and tooting their car horns throughout each night of their stay.
They had also wandered into their camp and banged against their mobile homes in the early hours. A bike had also been stolen, the gipsies said.
The abuse was an annual occurrence for gypsies visiting the city, with only Palmerston North comparing, while Gore had also been bad in the past, they said.
"This is the worst town in New Zealand. We dread coming here, it's that bad," fortune teller Helena Beissel said.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Gypsies, tramps and thieves ...
Readers of a similar vintage to us will remember the old Cher song. And whilst we wouldn't dare suggest that the good folk pictured to the left are either of the latter two in the title, they certainly market themselves as the former.
Stuff carries a story this morning suggesting that the featured couple and around 60 of their cronies received a less-than-hospitable welcome to Invercargill over the weekend. Have a read of this:
Now in no way are we condemning these people for their choice of lifestyle - to each their own. We merely wonder if Ms Beissel is a particularly effective fortune teller if she was unable to predict the warmth of her welcome to Invercargill. Should the Commerce Commission be having a visit with her??!!