Group scoot bonds spoil the party
It’s scooters for schoolies in that week of parties for teenagers finishing school. But stopping them short last year were misleading rental contracts and false accusations of damage, leaving many NSW schoolies to fork out bills of up to $1,400.
The fashionable pootlers are the call of the day for the celebrating ex-students, allowing them to freely wiz about some small or high-rise town in Queensland, getting up to as much mischief as possible.
As reported by The Sydney Morning Herald, Legal Aid Queensland is handling up to 10 cases in which schoolies were not told they were signing group contracts so that everyone involved lost their deposit of $250 if any of the scooters were damaged.
Queensland Car Rentals manager Kathleen Jones explained that contracts with joint bonds were offered to schoolies in the hope that peer pressure would squeeze them into driving more carefully.
The mind boggles at the restrictions that could be placed on these young people. Local councils could arrest all ex-students if anyone was caught doing drugs, bars could ban all schoolies if anyone underage entered. In fact, all flights could be cancelled if any schoolies were spotted even making their way up north.