Cop or candidate? Butcher twins' identity fun
THE Butcher brothers enjoy a good laugh, and a lot of the time it's at their own expense when much of Gladstone is fooled by the twins' identity.
Wayne, one of Gladstone's police sergeants, is often mistaken for a politician.
And Glenn, who works at Queensland Alumina Ltd, gets asked why he's in hi-vis, and not wearing his police uniform.
"We've always looked similar," Wayne said.
"If you put us together you can pick the difference, but as soon as we're apart you can't always tell.
"Most of the new constables ask why they see me in hi-vis sometimes."
Glenn laughed and said he got "a lot of nasty looks".
"People are thinking I'm going to chase them. I was like, 'I couldn't care, I work at QAL'."
The brothers said at the last election Wayne was often out wearing a 'Vote Butcher' shirt.
"At the last election Wayne was interviewed by the local TV news, not me," laughed Glenn.
"I put him on the busiest booth and he was there the whole day."
"People were shaking my hand (wishing me) good luck. Sometimes it's too hard to explain," Wayne said.
At 42 years Wayne is the older of the two, arriving eight minutes earlier than Glenn.
Born in Gladstone, the boys spent time on the Sunshine Coast growing up.
"We did fight like cats and dogs…" Wayne said.
"…but we're still best mates," Glenn added.
The Butcher brothers are both married with "pigeon pairs" - boy and girl each.
"Our kids hang out together. Our family is all pretty close," Wayne said.
So when you're out in the street and run into them?
"Just call us Butch. You can't go wrong."
- Born at Gladstone Hospital
- Both are right-handed
- Both have brown eyes
- Their hair colour was snow white/beach blonde until they both shaved their heads and it grew back brown
- Both have broken noses from their respective sports
- Wayne got his licence first, then Glenn
- Wayne is 83kg, Glenn is 97kg
- Wayne is 183cms, Glenn is slightly shorter