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A barman at a popular Old City District cocktail bar cursed with a creative mind has lashed out at Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt for selling out to the highest bidder.

Jerry Palmer also took potshots at Optus, who paid millions for the fastest man in the world’s endorsement which has seen his face featured prominently in television and display advertising.

“I think it’s pathetic,” he said.

“Taking money from a company like Optus goes against his own principles and it reeks of a cash grab. He shouldn’t be allowed to profit off his image, only off his talents as an athlete,”

“When I become a famous author, a famously reclusive author I should add, I’d never sell out like that. Money isn’t everything, you know. Money can’t buy your soul back, Usain. Remember that.”

But those close to Jerry say that’s not categorically correct.

His manager at the Frotting Bjelke Bar on Collins Street said that Jerry, who’s a prominent member of the South Betoota Polytechnic College Marxist Society, jumped at the opportunity to work tomorrow’s public holiday in Queensland because of the penalty rates.

“We’re only going to be open for a few hours tomorrow night but at double time, Jerry said he could really do with the extra dosh,” said Amy Stevens, manager of the bar.

“If he wears one of his hammer and sickle shirts to work tomorrow, I’ll just die. The irony would kill me. If what you’re telling me is true, that Jerry would never sell out given the chance? That’s not true,”

“Everybody sells out. If you don’t sell out, you’ll be begging for a weeknight off from work from work for the rest of your life.”

More to come.




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