Swearing busker 'frustrated'

A frustrated busker in Queenstown fed up with people walking by without dishing out money started swearing at members of the public.

Senior constable Chris Blackford, of Queenstown, said the 53-year-old man was busking in the Mall at 6pm yesterday when he started yelling obscenities at members of the public, prompting complaints to police.

He told police he was frustrated he was not getting any money for playing music but witnesses stated the songs were ''shit.''

''It sounds like the busker is going to have a pretty lean Christmas.''

The busker was given a pre-charge warning.

Meanwhile, a 22-year-old man was arrested in Searle Ln after being refused entry to a bar on Saturday.

He was intoxicated, threw punches at people and fronted up to a bouncer.

At 8.45am yesterday, a 20-year-old Queenstown man was charged with drink-driving in Frankton Rd after he was stopped and blew 558mcg.

The Southland Times