Buckle up ladies and gentlemen, because I’m about to tell you the story of Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow (yes that is his real name) and how the NSW Government cancelled the opal card that he implanted in his hand.
Last year, after getting sick of having to carry around a pesky transport card, Meow-Ludo decided to encase the card’s chip in biocompatible plastic and then had a piercing expert implant it under his skin.
He caused quite a stir, and Transport for NSW claimed that they would cancel his card as it had been tampered with. Transport for NSW did cancel his card, but the one he had implanted wasn’t registered in his name, so he was all sweet.
But over the weekend, after – I shit you not – returning from a cyborg convention in America, he found that his innovative method of transport wasn’t working anymore.
He called a support line and they gave him a “boring bureaucratic answer” which old mate wasn’t satisfied with, so now he’s gearing up for a full-on legal battle.
“This is only a bloody story because they cancelled my card,” he said.
“How often do you see the words ‘innovation’ and ‘public transport’ in the same sentence in Sydney?”
“This is case law in creation and it’s fun to be at the centre of this,” he said.
He reckon he’s keen to spend whatever money it takes to win his case… but is also interested in hearing from pro bono lawyers.
Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow, I can wish you nothing but success.
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