I was strolling through World Square this morning when I spotted four camera crews outside an internet cafe. I had a look through the window and spotted at least half a dozen Federal Police inside. I had no idea what it meant. Kiddie porn? Asian sex slave trafficking? (it is a favourite haunt of Koreans). Al Queda bomb making?
It turns out it was music and film piracy.
Get this item though from the SMH:
It is understood that heavy duty electronic equipment was discovered at the premises and that employees at the internet cafe were hired to scour the web for suitable material to download.
"Heavy duty electronic equipment"? What the fuck is that? Death rays? MRI scanners? Amplifiers stolen from Spinal Tap?
What a ridiculous thing to write. The editor who approved this should be strung up by his thumbs.
My guess is that it is "beeping stuff with coloured lights on the front and we don't have a clue what it does". Could have been a lava lamp for all I know.
I did spot one Fed that had long hair pulled back in a pony tail. The resident cyber-geek in Plod land I suppose.
What the whole scene was lacking was a couple of rows of patrons lined up on the footpath out the front, face down with their hands cuffed behind their backs. Now that would have made a great scene.