Travelling yachtsman bashed and robbed near RSL
"EXCUSE me, mate. Have you got $2 for a feed?"
These were a man's "polite" words just moments before he bashed and robbed a 57-year-old travelling yachtsman near the Bundaberg RSL on Friday night.
The yachtsman, who only wanted to be identified as Tim, had left the RSL after having a few beers about 7.20pm, when he was approached in the adjacent playground by a man aged in his mid 20s, who asked him for the $2 for food.
"I said 'Two dollars isn't going to buy you much of a feed," Tim said.
"I looked around to try and spot a burger shop to buy him a feed but I couldn't see anything."
After then asking the stranger whether he was addicted to drugs, Tim said he reached down for his wallet to offer the man $5.
"He struck me in the right eye," he said.
"I didn't go down and I just turned and ran towards Midtown Marina.
"The man began to give chase, and soon caught up to Tim and tripped him over, sending him sprawling on the bitumen carpark.
"Then he stood over me with his fists balled," Tim said.
"I had my wallet in my hand and he was snatching at it."
Tim said he told the robber to calm down and that he would give him the contents of his wallet - $70.
"He said to me, 'I'm not really a bad person. I'll let you keep your wallet'," Tim recalled.
"He was apologetic.
"I'm pretty sure it was desperation for drugs - he was torn between his better self."
Tim said the man fled as soon as he handed over the money, leaving the shaken yachtsman with a blackened eye and injured shoulder.
"Bundaberg is one of the friendliest towns I've been in," he said.
"I find it quite a duality - it's one of the friendliest but it's also one that I've been the most badly treated in."
Despite the ordeal, Tim said the robbery would not make him leave Bundaberg.
Police have released a comfit of the man believed to be behind the assault.
He is described as being175cm tall with a slim build, short light brown hair and with a tattoo on the inside of his right forearm.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.