Radio host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson has divided listeners over disparaging comments she made about female traffic controllers and construction workers.
On The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Monday, the 45-year-old complained that Irish lollipop ladies were blocking Uber Eats drivers and couriers from entering the private street outside her multi-million dollar Bondi Beach apartment.
A day later, she snapped at noisy construction workers outside her window.
‘Legit I’ll never listen to this person again. There’s so much wrong with this I don’t know where to start,’ raged one disgruntled fan on Facebook.
Backlash: Radio host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson has polarised fans and listeners over comments she made about female traffic controllers
‘Jackie O, how much are you earning to talk nonsense into a microphone a few hours a day?’ another listener added.
‘Love to see her standing in the sun, midsummer, for hours on end… let alone some of the d**khead drivers you have to deal with,’ a third fan wrote.
A fourth said they would ‘love to see’ Jackie do the job of a traffic controller.
‘Jackie ‘O’ how much are you earning to talk nonsense into a microphone a few hours a day?’ Some listeners have left negative comments about the star on social media
It wasn’t all bad, however, as Jackie had plenty of supporters who shared her frustrations about female traffic controllers.
‘100 per cent agree. Uneducated backpackers, earning big money to do absolutely nothing,’ one fan wrote on Facebook.
‘I still don’t get it, a job just to hold up sign can earn you over $100k… give me that job I’ll take it any day,’ another commented.
On Monday, Jackie told her co-host Kyle Sandilands that one traffic controller had told a food delivery driver he couldn’t approach her building, which meant she had to walk up the street to collect her takeaway.
‘I’m so sick of these girls’: Jackie has had a series of run-ins with female traffic controllers working outside her multi-million dollar Bondi Beach apartment
As the radio hosts discussed the so-called lollipop lasses, Jackie asked ‘why are they always Irish?’ before complaining about the situation in Bondi.
‘They’re paving the road for some reason. It’s crazy to me, but I won’t question the council’s motivations. Only residents are allowed [to drive] on my street and it’s been like that for some time,’ she said.
‘You know me, I get a lot of Uber Eats and the delivery guys get let in [to my street]. But for some reason, a lot of other people don’t get let in.’
‘It’s crazy to me’: She revealed on Monday that the stop-go women, who are mostly Irish backpackers, have been blocking her Uber Eats drivers from entering her private street
The mother-of-one was recently waiting for a taxi with her daughter, Kitty, when their driver was refused entry to the street.
She was frustrated because they were standing at the entrance of their home and carrying several heavy bags.
‘I could see the Uber guy up there, and he called me and said he wasn’t allowed into my street. He told the controller he was picking up a resident, pointed at my garage and said that it’s not that far,’ explained Jackie.
‘[The controller] goes, “No, she can walk up.” I was like, “Are you joking? It’s bloody hot.” I just thought, “Let him in for God’s sake!” It’s not doing any harm, you’re not digging up the road right now. I copped it, walked up and shook my head at her.
‘She was on the phone talking to a friend and probably didn’t even care.’
Jackie went on to say this wasn’t an isolated incident.
Not happy! Jackie was recently waiting for a taxi with her daughter, Kitty, when their driver was refused entry to the street. She was frustrated because they were standing at the entrance of their home and carrying several heavy bags
‘It’s happening more and more. Another courier couldn’t get through to my street and [the traffic controller] said he’d have to walk up,’ she continued.
‘I said, “They’re just dropping something off, can’t you just let them through? You let the Uber Eats guy through before. I don’t understand why you’re letting some through and not others.” I’m so sick of these girls, I’m copping grief from them.’
Jackie said she had ‘never had this problem’ before with male traffic controllers, adding: ‘Bring back the boys, I say!’
‘They just have an attitude about them’: The Kyle and Jackie O Show’s executive producer, Sonia ‘Palestine’ Jahshan, also shared her experience of dealing with hostile lollipop lasses
The Kyle and Jackie O Show’s executive producer, Sonia ‘Palestine’ Jahshan, also shared her experience of dealing with hostile lollipop lasses.
She said: ‘They just have an attitude about them, you know? The boys don’t, they seem to be doing their job. But the girls, it’s like they deliberately leave you at the stop sign for 20 minutes.’
‘I agree, Sonia,’ replied Jackie. ‘It’s not just my street, it’s in general. I’m waiting a hell of a lot longer than I used to when the guys were in charge.’
Young women are earning up to $130,000 a year with hazard pay and various site allowances as traffic controllers – four times more than some teachers and nurses.
Women at war: ‘I agree, Sonia,’ replied Jackie. ‘It’s not just my street, it’s in general. I’m waiting a hell of a lot longer than I used to when the guys were in charge’
Easy money? Young women are earning up to $130,000 a year with hazard pay and various site allowances as traffic controllers – four times more than some teachers and nurses