An eshay has warned homeowners not to leave boxes for expensive gear outside their homes because it attracts thieves, telling them exactly what’s in the house.
The man, who refers to himself as Tyso in the tongue-in-cheek video, filmed himself walking down a quiet suburban street in western Sydney.
He is seen wearing a bum bag over his shoulder and a white cap on his head, with a cigarette stuck to the side of his face.
He comes up to a heap of discarded and empty TV boxes, waiting to be picked up by garbage collectors – one being for a $1,600 Sony television.
An eshay has warned homeowners in a video not to leave boxes of their new TVs on their front lawn because it could attract thieves
‘Oi, braz I’ll tell you this right,’ he says.
‘Don’t do this braz. Old mate here, big TV. You know what that says to me, braz? “Big TV in there mate, you just bought it. I’ll be back later on”.
‘F**king Tyso’s going to get himself a big Sony.’
The eshay then points the camera to the boxes to reveal it is a 46 inch Sony Bravia TV/
He reads the Sony logo on the top: ‘Sony. Make. Believe’.
‘I believe it’s going to be mine now, braz,’ he says, in a tongue in cheek remark.
‘Don’t leave boxes out the front. It’s f**king red hot.’
The video was uploaded to Facebook where social media users were quick to agree with the eshay.
Daily Mail Australia is not implying the man planned to steal the television, and was merely warning people on social media.
The eshay, who refers to himself as Tyso, filmed himself walking down a quiet suburban street in western Sydney
‘Tyso about to be watching daytime TV in luxury,’ one person commented.
Another person said: ‘Keep an eye out for an LG OLED for me yeah?’.
What is an Eshay?
Eshays prowl in packs, speaking their own mashed-up language as they strut around town in designer sportswear with a generally menacing attitude.
But are eshays a serious threat to polite society or just the latest incarnation of disaffected youths wanting to stand out from the crowd by looking the same as each other?
Whatever the motive for urban teenagers with bad haircuts donning Nike TNs and slinging bumbags over one shoulder, they are apparently overtaking the suburbs.
Where eshays once predominantly came from disadvantaged backgrounds their ethos is now more mainstream and widely promoted on social media.
An eshay is easily identifiable by the aforementioned TN trainers, worn with polo shirts, puffer jackets, tracksuit pants or baggy shorts and baseball caps.
Favoured labels for the fashionable eshay include Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and Lacoste, paired with Nautica, Adidas, Under Armour and Ellesse.
He should give the impression he is looking to score drugs or moments away from robbing an innocent passerby of their belongings.
Some eshays scramble words and put ‘ay’ on the end in a form of pig Latin. ‘Eetswa’ means ‘sweet’ and ‘chill’ becomes ‘illchay’.
An eshay is Aussie slang for an lad who purchases ‘fresh gear’ in an attempt to maintain a ‘gangster’ appearance (pictured, a popular meme about the trend)
The term eshay is similar to the UK phrase ‘chav’ and can be interchangeable with ‘lad’, which in turn sometimes becomes ‘adlay’.
‘Eshay’ may have started as ‘eshay adlay’ – pig Latin for ‘he’s lad’ or be related to ‘sesh’, for a prolonged period of drug consumption.
When an eshay says ‘eshay’ it can mean yes, cool or excellent.
Something high-risk is ‘red hot’ and an idiot is a ‘gronk’. To ‘staunch’ someone is to intimidate them, often with an intense stare while the challenger’s fists are held between their legs.
Eshays are said to have spread from Sydney’s inner-city graffiti scene in the 1980s through Housing Commission estates and out into the suburbs.
Hard-core eshays engage in assaults, robberies and threatening behaviour against other youths but many seem to wander the streets and hang around train stations aimlessly.
Some are said to ‘roll’ victims for their shoes and clothes but such crimes are not widely reported.
While some eshays had domestic backgrounds of violence, poverty and drug or alcohol use, many were likely copying a look that suggested a criminal outlook.
Their antics, which can include carrying weapons and taking drugs, are often filmed and posted on Tik Tok to widespread amusement.
The drill rap of groups such as Mount Druit outfit OneFour is a popular accompaniment.
Parents on Sydney’s Northern Beaches have recently expressed concerns about anti-social behaviour of teens they describe as dressing like eshays.
Dr Terry Goldsworthy, Associate Professor of Criminology at Bond University told the Telegraph eshays had become prominent in the past seven or so years.
‘Like any subculture there are influencers on social media,’ the onetime detective inspector said. ‘It’s monkey see, monkey do.
‘A few years ago I’d never heard the term eshay, but I think social media has something to do with it.’
Just like punks in the 1970s and 1980s the eshay will one day be replaced by another set of clothes and taste in music, with a new name and similar anti-authoritarian demeanour.
‘Like any subculture, today’s eshay will be tomorrow’s nerd,’ Dr Goldsworthy said.