Australia's lockout laws took an ugly turn this week as a group of protesters protested the measure by toting a giant fake turd to the steps of Star City Casino in Sydney.
The lockout laws were passed in an effort to curb alcohol-related trouble by keeping patrons from entering bars or nightclubs after 1:30am, and forcing pubs to call last drinks at 3am. Strangely, this law does not apply to the Star City Casino, and many question the decision made by politicians to place the boundary line almost across the street from the site, which has experienced a marked increase in late night trade as a result. The protest was held by a group who calls themselves Reclaim the Streets Sydney, and saw thousands of people turn out, who danced in celebration after the log was placed on top of the casino's signage.
Carried to the casino on a throne fit for an Egyptian pharaoh, the poo appeared to have been made of plaster and is estimated to have been about six feet long.
A statement by the Reclaim the Streets group on the matter was released, and read in part:
"These casinos have brought their way into a free pass, while at the same time funnelling all of the late night trade into their highly lucrative gambling halls. We are marching to the casino to highlight the gross hypocrisy of the government and the craven interests of The Star and Crown Casino."
No comment was made by Star City Casino or the NSW government as of press time, although the lockout laws do remain in place.
Casino Listings will update this story as more developments arise.