Another example of a Wicked camper van.
Another example of a Wicked camper van. Facebook/Wicked Campers

Wicked won't get the F out

THE Advertising Standards Bureau will keep chasing Wicked Campers to clean up its act.

This is even though Queensland Police Minister Jack Dempsey's office has admitted it has no powers to force Wicked Campers to comply with the bureau's rulings.

An Adstandards spokeswoman said the bureau had not yet received a reply from Mr Dempsey on the issue after referring it to him in March.

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Wicked had been ignoring a ruling made by the bureau in February that said the low-cost campers website discount for those who "smoke weed" was not appropriate.

"We are not denying that Wicked is not cooperating," the spokeswoman said.

"That is why we have sought assistance and continue to look for other avenues to resolve the matter.

"We have not wiped our hands of the issue and will continue to seek a resolution."

A Sunshine Coast Daily reader spotted this Wicked Camper van near a playground at Kings Beach.
A Sunshine Coast Daily reader spotted this Wicked Camper van near a playground at Kings Beach. Supplied

Wicked also has had several complaints filed against its use of offensive language on the side of its vans.

While the Brisbane-based company had cleaned up the language on some of its vans after previous requests from Adstandards, it didn't take long before it turned dirty again.

A Sunshine Coast father was frustrated to see a Wicked Camper parked at Kings Beach with "F*** Google, ask me" painted in bold on the back.

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Mr Dempsey's office said police did not have the power to stop Wicked from using bad language on its vans.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie has referred the matter back to Adstandards.

"This is a matter for the Advertising Standard Bureau," he said.

"If any individual finds anything offensive, they can contact the ASB who will investigate the complaint."

Mr Dempsey was not available for comment.

The issue was hotly debated on the Daily's website yesterday with most bloggers arguing it was okay for Wicked to use the "F-word".



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