Cape coat is in disarray.
The owner has had it for a year.
The collar is torn.
And it is in the process of being sold.
“It’s like a piece of junk,” says Ms Leach.
“I have no idea what it’s worth.
And I don’t have a clue who’s going to buy it.”
The owner, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is renting it to an online auction site, and it is the subject of a tender.
The seller is the same man who took it in.
But the seller is a stranger to Cape York residents.
He has a reputation for being dishonest and, according to some reports, a sex offender.
It is a “strange situation” for Cape York, where the owner of a pub has no formal title to the coat and where residents complain that it has been left on the street, without proper documentation.
The owner of the pub, who did not want to be named, has had the coat for two years.
“I think it’s a bit of a joke,” he says.
“But it’s not my coat.
The coat has a distinctive white and blue collar with a red stripe across it.
The coat is fitted with a silver buckle, with a gold buckle on the back.
The coat is a grey wool-collared coat, with grey lining and a white cuffs.
Its collar is long and broad, and has a red “p” at the centre, with two white stripes running across it, as if the collar was made of red tape.
It has a patch on the front, which says: “Proudly owned by our neighbours.”
The collar has no label on the outside, and no picture on the inside.
“We don’t want it anywhere near the public,” the owner says.
He is the owner’s son, who has had his share of issues in Cape York.
He has spent time in prison for drug offences, and now he has lost his job.
The man says he has been “pouring my heart out” to Cape Wharf Council and the local police.
He does not have the money to pay for a replacement coat, so he is selling the coat.
He says he will donate the proceeds to the community.
The council has yet to receive a response from the man.
The auction is now open to the public, and will end on October 19.