Picture this: you’re sitting at home like a nervous housewife who’s husbands gone to war, monitoring the phone and waiting to hear from a dealer that may or may not show up, all so you can sink a few cones. What do you do in this situation? Sit timidly while the sesh clock ticks away or take action into your own hands?
New Zealand woman Betty Tamihana did just then when she called the po-po after a man she had tried to buy weed from took her money and never showed up. Betty reckons that she paid a dealer, that she’d found through a Facebook group, $40 dollars for an ounce. Yes, you read that right, New Zealand gets to have Lord of the Rings AND $40 dollar ounces! Life’s not fair.
After the dealer failed to show up, Betty took to the same Facebook group she’d found the dealer and complained. Speaking to Stuff.co.nz, Betty said she “Gave the man $40 and he didn’t come back. I rang and I messaged him and he turned everything off. I couldn’t get a hold of him.” Betty goes on to say “I feared the worst, that I wasn’t going to get my money back or, more importantly, my weed.” Preach.
The alleged dealer believes that the money he received from Betty was a loan, and before he contemplated on returning the money, he insisted Betty make a public apology on the Facebook group. Seems like he rides a pretty high horse for someone that sells weed to people through the Facebook group.
Police say that just because Betty didn’t receive any drugs, it doesn’t make her exempt from the law. Hamilton police Senior Sergeant Rupert Friend says that there’s still a charge for attempting to procure a drug but didn’t confirm whether police had acted on the complaint or charged Betty.
Life would be a lot better if drug dealers followed the same guidelines as pizza delivery drivers: Get there in 20 minutes or your drugs are free.