A self-proclaimed “Million Dollar Bogan” tested the limited of Queensland's border restrictions and managed to cross the state lines on “compassionate grounds”.
What Victorian real estate agent Daniel Hayes got instead was a new tyre for his motorbike and a tattoo.
He boasted about his visit to Queensland on YouTube, saying that had he not been able to get to the state, he would “probably end up getting arrested”.
The video is believed to have been filmed about three weeks ago, which was prior to Queensland Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk banning all Victorians from entering her state due to the spike in coronavirus infections.
The video shows Hayes being greeted by Queensland Police at the border, where he explains that he got a compassionate permit online.
Initially, the officer said that he would have to quarantine for 14 days as he'd come from Victoria, but after Hayes insisted he would be out of Queensland today, the officer changed his mind.
“Alright, I will let you through, but technically you shouldn’t … because you might be full of the lurgy,” he said.
His promise to leave the state immediately ended up being a lie, as he spent the night in the state, met up with a fan and travelled to Surfers Paradise to get a tattoo.
“I had a great time. It was wonderful to get out before we got locked down again,” he told A Current Affair, adding he had no regrets over making the trip.
“I don’t feel like I broke the law. I felt that I was honest with him and he let me through.
“I don’t know if I’ve done anything wrong. I gave him my excuse. I showed him the paperwork, which I filled out. I had a letter from Gasoline Alley, and I crossed the border, and he let me through.”
Queensland Police told ACA that they were aware of the video and were “conducting inquiries in relation to the matter”.
The state's Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski reminded Victorians that they shouldn't be travelling to Queensland.
“It’s a very costly exercise … If you’re coming out of Victoria and you’ve been there in the last 14 days, do not come to Queensland unless you are a Queensland resident returning,” he said.
Photo credit: Million Dollar Bogan
This article originally appeared on Over60.