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#Milkcrate goes viral as the internet responds to Sydney stabbing

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The hashtag ‘milkcrate’ is trending on social media as Australians praise the heroic bystanders who used a milk crate, a crowbar and a chair to restrain a knife-wielding man in Sydney on Tuesday.

Alleged killer Mert Ney, 21, is expected to be charged with murder and serious assault after a 24-year-old woman was found dead at a Clarence Street apartment with her throat slit, and a 41-year-old woman was stabbed in her back.

In a dramatic citizens’ arrest, three bystanders chased down the alleged killer pinning him down while police arrived at the scene in Sydney’s CBD.

The trio’s heroic actions sent the internet into a frenzy of memes and satirical news stories, with high-profile Australians such as Russell Crowe using the incident to mock US President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan. 

In a further dig at US gun-lovers, Australian satirical news outlet The Shovel published a story about the National Milk Crate Association calling to loosen open carry laws so Australians can arm themselves with milk crates in public places as a means of self-defence.

Memes comparing crates and guns as weapons quickly went viral.

Some users said the bystanders’ actions made them feel proud to be Australian.

Others likened the #milkcrate story to a similar citizen’s arrest last year in Melbourne when a homeless man shot to popularity after he used a trolley to subdue a knife-wielding terrorist during a random stabbing attack on Bourke Street.

‘Trolley Man’ became a cult figure among Victorians and was recognised for his bravery by the chief commissioner of Victoria Police.

But while the #milkcrate hashtag has prompted hundreds of jokes online, not everyone was impressed.

Many pointed out that Tuesday’s stabbing incident which left a young woman dead and another in hospital was no laughing matter.

 

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