A grumpy old man was overheard in a Watsonia cafe yesterday saying that this week’s cold snap is proof that global warming isn’t a thing. When drawn into an otherwise benign conversation about the weather by a waiter, the man used the opportunity to air his climate change scepticism to a new audience.

Flying in the face of pages and pages of scientific evidence, the man insisted that climate change was “a load of leftie rubbish”. He also said, “we’ve got heavy snow fall in September, and you’re trying tell me the planet is progressively getting warmer? Rubbish. Absolute rubbish.”

The man’s unsolicited declaration was met with a mixture of bemusement and incredulity by fellow diners. And the waiter who sparked the whole fiasco said, “I was just trying for a bit of small talk you know? And then he just started going on and on, I bit off way more than I could chew. Weather is normally a pretty safe convo topic, but never again.”