Kiwi Polemicist

February 9, 2009

• Labour of a boy racer worth $100 per hour

Filed under: Justice/Police — Tags: , , , , , , — Kiwi Polemicist @ 7:34 am

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Stuff appears to be using unverified information but I’m taking it at face value.

This is from Stuff:

One boy racer, who declined to be named, said when his fines became too onerous, he applied for conversion into community work. He had about $18,000 in fines wiped in return for 180 hours community service a rate of $100 per hour.

Most of the make-work, reduce-the-welfare-statistics job schemes pay the minimum wage of $12/hour. Why is this guy worth $100/hour?

If he worked off his fines at minimum wage it’d be 1500 hours, or 37.5 40-hour weeks, or nearly 9 months of full time work. That sounds much more reasonable to me.

Bear in mind these two points:

  • many boy racers will spend five figure sums modifying their cars, not to mention the ongoing costs of tyres and repairs due to abuse. In other words, they can find money when they want to
  • racking up $18,000 in fines indicates recidivism (repeat offending); this guy isn’t just a kid who did something silly one day

As a classical liberalist I do not support our present justice system. However, since we are stuck with that justice system I don’t want to see it using wet bus tickets as punishment devices.

What do you think about the labour of a boy racer being worth $100/hour?




  1. This is rubbish, someone who has caused so much trouble, is getting of at a $100 an hour for behaving reclessley, what is this country coming to??

    Comment by Molly — March 17, 2009 @ 4:31 pm

    • Molly: what this country has got to is a place where criminals are supposedly victims and therefore not responsible for their actions. What this country is coming to is more criminal activity.

      Comment by Kiwi Polemicist — March 17, 2009 @ 5:26 pm

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