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Bradford fire wants Alliston’s ‘Bat Girl’ to pay for broken truck

Posted June 29, 2009

An Alliston woman charged with mischief for climbing the Cookstown Outlet Mall’s water tower in April is facing about $50,000 in potential restitution costs, including a $36,921 bill by the Bradford fire department because the truck that responded to the call, broke down on the way back to the station.

Paulette MacDonald, dressed as Bat Girl, climbed the tower to draw attention to Parental Alienation Awareness Day, made a second court appearance last week, and learned from the Crown’s disclosure the total cost being sought by South Simcoe Police, Innisfil Fire, and Bradford Fire, is $48,944.

Ms. MacDonald had scaled the tower before sunrise, unfurled a banner supporting her cause, then spent several hours unnoticed before “I finally yelled down to a group of young ladies coming out of the mall and requested that she notify the mall security for me.”

Police were called, as were firefighters, first from Innisfil, but then Bradford for its aerial truck.

“When the fireman asked me to come down the ladder of the firetruck, I didn’t want to,” said Ms. MacDonald in a press release from the group Fathers 4 Justice (F4J). “I felt much safer getting back down the way I came up.”

The F4J has also weighed into the situation, suggesting that Bradford should thank “Bat Girl.”

“In my eyes, Ms. MacDonald should receive thanks for highlighting flaws in the fire department’s equipment before it was actually needed in an emergency,” said Kris Titus, F4J National Coordinator. “This might have more to do with the competence of their maintenance system than our featherweight superhero. We’re obviously glad that she was safe during the rescue, considering the circumstances.”

Ms. MacDonald is due back in Bradford court July 23.

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