brown bomber

See also: Brown Bomber




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Refers to the colour of parking inspector uniforms worn for several decades in Sydney, NSW and other major cities.


brown bomber ‎(plural brown bombers)

  1. A parking officer, employed to issue parking tickets (ie. fines) to vehicles parked illegally or for longer than the permitted time.
    1971: There is another kind called 'brown bombers'. They are very interested in parked cars. They put chalk marks on tyres and leave little notes, in envelopes, under windscreen wipersJohn O'Grady, Dealing with Cops, from Aussie Etiket, 1971. Quoted in Aussie Humour, Macmillan, 1988, ISBN 0-7251-0553-4, page 200.