THIS is the pathetic and desperately sad reality of the state's out-of-control addiction to booze and drugs.
A paralytic man, who had earlier shouted at police "I'm gang-affiliated", lies semiconscious on a petrol station forecourt in upmarket Rushcutters Bay in the early hours of yesterday morning. His trousers are ripped at the groin, shredded along with his dignity.
Near him, a young woman whose white nightclub outfit is covered in grime, sprawls on the tarmac, sobbing, too out of it to even stand.
Video of the incident shows the man sitting up surrounded by police, cuffed, kicking off his shoes and screaming.
"Hey babe, this what I do," he shouted, before turning to police saying, "I'm gang affiliated".
An ambulance was called for the man and he was taken St Vincent's Hospital. Picture: Gordon McComiskie
Police, paramedics and fellow revellers surround the scene, where a woman lies sobbing, her white outfit for the night blackened by soot and oil, as another lady strokes her hair.
A BP shop assistant said the supporting woman had just paid for petrol when she was confronted by the agitated man outside.
Police said the pair were severely drunk and no arrests were made.