Saturday 19 July 2008 12.42pm
I was walking through the Weston Street
tunnel on Thursday night around 10:30 or 11, and had a rather unsettling experience. I walked past a guy who was lying propped up in one of the alcoves, either asleep or passed out, with a baseball cap over his face and an empty bottle next to him. A minute or two later, four boys about 13 or 14 years old came tearing through the tunnel on bicycles, coming the wrong direction, followed by a grinning adult man (I assumed he was the father of one or more of them), also on a bicycle and holding up a mobile phone. One of the boys had a bicycle wheel hooked around his arm. They were all very excited and laughing, in a rather disturbing way. They passed me and a few seconds later I heard a loud BOOM. I turned around and realized the kid had hurled the wheel at the sleeping man. They sped off laughing and yelling "Wake up!" at him. I started back to see if he were hurt, but he was standing up yelling back at them (quite shaken, I am sure). He was black, and the boys and the man were white.
I still can't get this episode out of my mind, especially the fact that they obviously came equipped with the wheel expressly to throw it at him, and the father was just as obviously recording the whole thing on his mobile phone.