We had our kids going for a few years that Shane Warne was the neighbourhood criminal/bad boy and out to find naughty and negligent kids to take down (we lived in Sydney at the time, and Warnie lives in Melb but the kids didn’t know that). It was at the time he was involved in lots of scandals so his name was constantly referenced on the news.
It worked well for us with lines such as
- “Bring your scooter inside or Shane Warne will steal it”
- “You better eat that broccolli as Shane Warne loves it and is attracted to left over vegetables in the house and will break in to get it”
- “No one is allowed to buy these sweets in the newsagent as Shane Warne makes the shop owner save them all for him”
I think I even pretended to phone him a few times.
Basically it was how we got the kids to do what we wanted, and Warnie was blamed for all kind of mishaps around the neighbourhood - graffiti, overturned bins, kids bikes that went missing etc.
It kept us amused anyway. Then, imagine the horror in the house when Warnie showed up in the Channel 9 commentary box!!!