Dominic Geiger. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Dominic Geiger. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily john mccutcheon

WATERCOOLER: Do bumper sticker slogans drive you nuts?

I HAVE a mate who has six or seven of the most obscene bumper stickers on his car.

One of the tamer ones is a large sticker that screams, "Where the fark is Yarck", a reference to a country Victorian town with a population of about 500 people.

At the end of the day, while his stickers may verge on vulgar, they don't do anyone any real harm. He gets a few weird looks every now and again, but says he's never copped any abuse.

What does bother me - and it's something I've noticed more and more recently - is bumper stickers with political slogans. Road rage in south-east Queensland is bad enough, and the last thing needed in the mix of traffic jams and impatient motorists is someone with a poorly expressed political slogan slapped on the back of their car.

If I want politics in my car, I'll listen to News Radio. Otherwise I'm happy to coast along, tunes blaring, focusing solely on getting from point A to B safely.

How do you feel about bumper stickers, from Baby on Board to stick figure families and STOP CSG!

Do they drive you up the wall, or are you a big fan of the bumper bar slogan?

Join our Watercooler discussion below

I don't care if you want to reclaim Australia, stop coal seam gas, think Pauline Hanson was a good idea or are committed to saving the whales. Find a better place to publicise it than your vehicle.

There are plenty of places where discussing your opinion in an open forum won't fuel the anger of some already enraged motorist. The internet is a great spot for all its keyboard warriors.

You might get hounded down on social media, and feel a little sad, but it won't lead to an unnecessary crash. Or you could even write a letter to the editor of your local news paper.

But please, don't put it on the back of your car. Politics is a complicated game and if the best way you can put your opinion forward is through a three-word sticker, you should probably be keeping it to yourself.


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