Irish lollipop ladies working on the street where Jackie ‘O’ Henderson has her lavish Bondi apartment have hit back after the radio star slammed them on-air.
The KIIS FM host lashed out at the construction workers this week and claimed on multiple occasions they had inconvenienced her as they work to upgrade the road.
In particular, Jackie ‘O’ took issue with the female stop-go workers – who are often Irish backpackers – claiming they prevented an Uber driver from entering her street to collect her and her daughter Kitty.
She claimed that as a result they were forced to lug bags up a hill to where the Uber had been forced to wait, and that the workers had later ‘given her attitude’.
But several traffic controllers working on the street told Daily Mail Australia they were instructed to only let residents’ cars into the street – as signs at the entrance to the road clearly state – and they are ‘just doing their job’.
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Irish lollipop ladies working on a street (pictured) near Jackie ‘O’ Henderson’s lavish Bondi apartment have hit back at the radio star after she accused them of ‘giving attitude’
Construction work is being carried out near where the 45-year-old lives, with excavators and jackhammers working throughout the day to dig up bitumen and cement
Jackie ‘O’ lashed out at the traffic controllers on her KIIS FM breakfast show this week, telling co-host Kyle Sandilands they had refused to let Uber drivers into her street to collect her and drop off food
‘I just read the article before on my break, I think it’s a bit unfair because we are just doing our jobs and we’ve been told it’s residents only,’ the Irish backpacker, 22, said.
‘I have to refuse Uber drivers all the time around here, because it is just for residents and residents alone.
‘At one stage an Uber came and I had to bring it (the food) down to them personally.
‘Now I’m not a courier service, I was just doing that out of the goodness of my heart.
‘There are signs at the start of the street that say “residents only” and we don’t want to lose our jobs.
‘One of the biggest issues is safety. There are big trucks on the street and there’s not much room, let alone when cars are down here trying to turn around – at least those people who live here can pull into their garages.
‘I only started doing this at the end of April, because I was in hospitality but I got laid off because of coronavirus… so I don’t want to lose another job.’
An Australian traffic controller on the same street overlooking Sydney’s most famous beach also returned serve on Henderson’s claims that female workers were particularly rude when holding up women drivers.
An Uber Eats delivery driver on a bike was allowed into the street on Tuesday, as were dozens of fitness fanatics embarking on the famous Bondi to Bronte coastal walk
A traffic controller momentarily prevents a car from entering the beachside street as a number of trucks and excavators work on the narrow road, which overlooks picturesque Bondi Beach
One traffic controller said she had only recently landed her role working on constructions sites after losing her hospitality job due to COVID-19.
Three construction workers near Henderson’s apartment enjoy a brief smoke break on a cold winter’s day
Jackie ‘O’s’ annoyance at the roadworks were further compounded when she recently had to waiting for an Uber with her daughter, Kitty, only for the driver to be refused entry to the street while they waited with several heavy bags
She said she had not seen Jackie ‘O’ driving in the street and the attitudes of most of the other locals towards workers had been pleasant.
‘I’m not worse towards anyone, women or men,’ she said.
‘I think you have to be as nice as you can, I really do understand people’s frustration, but we are just doing a job and there are times when you have to be firm.’
Jackie O’s complaint during Monday morning’s broadcast of her show began as she revealed she had been required to walk out her building and up the street to collect an Uber Eats order, as her driver was prevented from entering.
Why are they always Irish?
She claimed that the female traffic controllers across Sydney made her wait ‘a hell of a lot longer than I used to when the guys were in charge’.
The radio star then asked her colleague Kyle Sandilands: ‘Why are they always Irish?’
‘I could see the Uber guy up there, and he called me and said he wasn’t allowed into my street,’ explained Jackie.
‘He told the controller he was picking up a resident, pointed at my garage and said that it’s not that far.
‘[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.
A day after she first raised the issue on her top-rating show, the glamorous radio star raised her frustrations with the construction again on Tuesday, swearing live on-air when a jackhammer interrupted the broadcast
‘She was on the phone talking to a friend and probably didn’t even care.’
The KIIS FM star went on another rant about the construction work during Tuesday’s show, after the noisy sound of a jackhammer interrupted their broadcast.
Having spent the past two months broadcasting from home, the mum-of-one finally cracked
‘Bloody construction, I tell you, I am so over it,’ she said.
‘Oh f**k, sorry it’s annoying me so much, this construction. I mean it’s raining outside, take the day off guys.’
In bad news for Jackie, workers told Daily Mail Australia while the project was initially set to be completed by October, wet weather had seen that deadline pushed back.
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