PLEA TO YOUTH: 'Don't roll the dice of our elderly'
A SUNSHINE Coast woman fed up with seeing young people putting elderly people at risk has made a frustrated plea.
Emily Jackman posted her rant to Facebook after a "teenage clown" nearly ran over her on his skateboard in Caloundra.
"If you look up and down the street there are grandads and grannies everywhere," she said.
"You can identify them by their grey hair, wrinkly weathered smiles and often an accompanying walker or walking AUD.
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"Often you can identify them walking at a slow but steady pace and they are generally shorter than teenagers.
"If you hit them while riding your skateboard on the foot path down hill, you risk forcing them to fall.
"When they fall off the gutter they may break their ankle and or hip.
"If they need a hip replacement at this age for various reasons the doctors may not be able to operate for the risk of other complications, they will spend the rest of their days now idle and unable to get out into this beautiful area."
Ms Jackman called for skateboarders to get off the foot paths on Bulcock St.
"Please walk, or ride on the road and roll your own dice with cars, but (don't) roll the dice of our elderly," she said.
"#Respecttheelderly. It could be your grandmother's life you ruin."