Firefighter Who Told The Prime Minister To 'Get F***ed' Hasn't Paid For A Beer At His Local Pub Since
Paul Parker went viral earlier this year for slagging off Scott Morrison and ever since he's been enjoying a very hefty free bar tab.
The footage of the firefighter ripping into the Prime Minister after trying to protect homes from a raging inferno will remain one of the most poignant moments of this bushfire season.
Mr Parker, from Nelligen on the New South Wales south coast, was driving a fire truck when he noticed a news crew. He immediately stopped the vehicle and yelled: "You from the media?"
Mr Parker then told the 7News crew: "Tell the Prime Minister to go and get f***ed from Nelligen. We really enjoy doing this s***."
Once the video of the encounter was uploaded to social media, Paul Parker became famous around the world.
But it seems like people were so enraptured with the firie's remarks that they don't want him to have to pay for another beer at his local pub for a while.
Joel Alvey, the licensee of the Steampacket Hotel in Nelligen, has revealed that Paul's fans keep topping up his bar tab.
Joel told the Sydney Morning Herald: "Pretty much every day someone comes in and puts their money down, telling us to buy a few beers for that bloke who got stuck into the Prime Minister.
"We've had people ringing up from all around Australia, wanting to transfer money so Paul doesn't need to pay for his own beers.
"A lady from Brisbane raised $150 through a GoFundMe campaign. A bloke from Adelaide rang just today and is sending $20. I suppose about $500 has turned up, and it keeps coming.
"He only said what the rest of us were thinking."
Nelligen was hit hard during the bushfire crisis that razed areas like Batemans Bay and surround towns to the ground. The fires, which hit just after New Year's Day, came at a time when loads of businesses would be seeing an influx of holidaymakers.
That was the reason for Paul's outburst, who explained that he was exhausted and devastated by the extent of the blazes.
"I've lost seven houses already in Nelligen and I'm not going to lose anymore. Tell the PM to come and meet me - Paul Parker from Nelligen," he told the 7News crew.
"Meet you any day, pal."
Well, at least he's enjoying a few cold ones down at his favourite pub and hopefully that bar tab stays healthy for a while.
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