Wicked Campers Vehicle Advertisement
7 January 2009
Complainant: A. Risedale
Advertisement: Wicked Campers
Complaint: The advertisement was in the form of sign-writing on the back of a rental camper van.
Complainant, A. Risedale, expressed the view that the wording reading "Constipated people don't give a shit" was offensive and not socially responsible particularly in relation to it being read by older people and tourists.
The relevant provisions were Basic Principle 4 and Rule 5 of the Code of Ethics.
Procedure: A copy of the advertisement was sought from the Advertiser who advised that there was not one available. An extensive website search was also undertaken by the Secretariat.
The Chairman noted A. Risdales's view. The Chairman referred to Complaints Board Decision 08/005 where a complaint about different wording on a Wicked Camper Van had been upheld.
Nonetheless, without a copy of the advertisement referred to in this complaint, the Chairman said that in the interests of natural justice, the matter was not able to be processed.
The Chairman ruled that the complaint be withdrawn.
Chairman's Ruling: Complaint Withdrawn