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Vile thugs push over grandma, spit on her and rob her at Canberra Westfield shopping centre

Vile thugs push over grandma, spit on her and rob her at Canberra Westfield shopping centre 2

Eshays brutally bash, spit on grandma to steal her purse and walking stick before running away to boast about their vile crime

  • Group of four eshays knocked an elderly woman to the floor and robbed her
  • Her daughter said they spat on her face and then fled the scene in a Toyota
  • Woman said the incident happened at Westfield Woden centre in Canberra 
  • Eshays have been causing havoc in Aussie suburbs as teens embrace lifestyle

An elderly woman was bashed and spat on by a group of cowardly eshays at a shopping centre.

Emily Ash said she was with her 86-year-old mother at Canberra’s Westfield Woden Shopping Centre last Friday when she was suddenly shoved to the ground by four teenage boys.

The group, clad in Champion hoodies, then stole her purse, phone and cane as the 86-year-old lay suffering on the floor.

The teens shouted out ‘eshays’ as they fled the scene, taking off in what Ms Ash described as a white Toyota.

When an eshay says ‘eshay’ it can mean yes, cool or excellent.

An elderly woman was attacked by a group of teenage thugs at a Canberra shopping centre (pictured are not the teens responsible for the attack)

An elderly woman was attacked by a group of teenage thugs at a Canberra shopping centre (pictured are not the teens responsible for the attack)

Ms Ash shared the horrifying incident to a local Facebook page asking if anyone had witnessed the assault, noting there was no CCTV cameras in the area they were in.

‘My elderly mother was pushed over by a group of teenage boys mostly dressed in red clothes with ‘champion’ hoodies. They then spat on my mother’s face and took her belongings,’ she wrote.

Her post was flooded with comments from other horrified residents, with Ms Ash confirming her mother was slowly recovering.

‘That’s so disgusting, and I hope karma gets them,’ one wrote.

‘Disgusting animals how low can you get,’ said another.

Eshays, as they are known, have been causing havoc in Australian suburbs in recent years with more and more teenagers embracing the lifestyle (pictured are not the teens involved in the attack)

Eshays, as they are known, have been causing havoc in Australian suburbs in recent years with more and more teenagers embracing the lifestyle (pictured are not the teens involved in the attack)

‘Fancy doing that to an elderly lady. Thugs like this have no respect for anyone or anything and do not deserve to be in our society.’ 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted ACT Police and the shopping centre for comment.

Eshays, as they are known, have become common in the suburbs in recent years, with more and more teenagers embracing the lifestyle.

Where eshays once predominantly came from disadvantaged backgrounds their ethos is now more mainstream and widely promoted on social media.

An eshay is easily identifiable by the aforementioned TN trainers, worn with polo shirts, puffer jackets, tracksuit pants or baggy shorts and baseball caps.

Favoured labels for the fashionable eshay include Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and Lacoste, paired with Nautica, Adidas, Under Armour and Ellesse.

He should give the impression he is looking to score drugs or moments away from robbing an innocent passerby of their belongings.

Some eshays scramble words and put ‘ay’ on the end in a form of pig Latin. ‘Eetswa’ means ‘sweet’ and ‘chill’ becomes ‘illchay’.

Most eshays hang around aimlessly at train stations and shopping centres with some looking for any opportunity to cause trouble.

Eshays are said to have spread from Sydney’s inner-city graffiti scene in the 1980s through Housing Commission estates and out into the suburbs.

Hard-core eshays engage in assaults, robberies and threatening behaviour against other youths but many seem to wander the streets and hang around train stations aimlessly.

Some are said to ‘roll’ victims for their shoes and clothes but such crimes are not widely reported.

While some eshays had domestic backgrounds of violence, poverty and drug or alcohol use, many were likely copying a look that suggested a criminal outlook.

Emily Ash said she was with her 86-year-old mother at Canberra's Westfield Woden Shopping Centre (pictured) last Friday when she was suddenly shoved to the ground by four teenage boys

Emily Ash said she was with her 86-year-old mother at Canberra’s Westfield Woden Shopping Centre (pictured) last Friday when she was suddenly shoved to the ground by four teenage boys

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