Maybe Bill Shorten was just really really hungry
If you applied the Belinda Neal test to Bill Shorten today he’d be at risk of being sent off for anger management classes.
The Workplace Relations Minister has been caught up in an embarrassing stink over whether he abused a staff member in a shop when she told him she’d run out of pies. She says she told him she could microwave one but it would be soft, he says he thought she said Julia Gillard was “soft”. He stormed out, and now he’s apologised.
At first blush it looks like yet another example of a Labor MP getting too big for their boots and taking it out on a hapless worker, a la Iguanagate.
But while there’s no excuse for abusing a hard-working member of the service industry, the unmet desire for a pie can do strange things to one’s emotions.
A rocky moment early on in my relationship with my now-husband involved a car trip, a rural setting, and his underestimation of the seriousness of my plea that we needed to stop for lunch.
Happily the day, and our relationship, was saved by a pie and a chocolate Moove in a town named Mallala, which forever will be known in our family as the place where the “hangry (hungry angry) monster” was temporarily tamed.
God knows what would have happened if the Mallala general store had been out of pies. If someone had decided that as well as withholding pies they’d throw in a crack at my boss, it might not have ended well.
Sometimes you just need a pie.
Update 2.15pm: Bill Shorten has said he wanted the pie for his son, who was “starving”. Dealing with a Hangry Monster can also make you desperate. Just ask my husband
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