Getting Irate So That You Don't Have To

Getting Irate So That You Don't Have To

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

This Is Pants

Have you ever felt the urge to run round Swanage in your underpants ? Well, if you ever do, don't tell the Police. Because if you do, you're likely to get a phone call.

Footballer loses a bet. Forfeit - parade in the local town looking stupid. Good for team spirit, drums up a bit of publicity for the club, gives a few people a harmless laugh; everyone's a winner. Unless or until, that is, your local Police Community Support Officer (them again) steps in.

PC Pretend Plod advised the club not to go ahead " case we have any complaints. Good natured events of this type have the potential of getting out of hand".

"Getting out of hand" ? A bloke running around in his underpants ? Are they having a laugh ? God Almighty.

I could go on about how utterly useless Police Community Support Officers are at preventing crime (which is why, presumably, their efforts are now seemingly turned to preventing non-crime). I could go on about how nice it would be if police resources were devoted to catching burglars, car thieves or corrupt MPs. But I won't. Instead I'll just lamant this one thing: an entirely lawful pursuit has effectively been declared illegal because it might "get out of hand".

I'd have loved it if Swanage Town and Herston's super-striker had taken these micro-managing morons on, and done the deed anyway. What would happen to anyone who dared to run round Swanage in their underpants ? Would they get arrested, and if so, what for ?

Anyone fancy putting it to the test ?

Hat-tip: Mr Eugenides

1 comment:

Dick Puddlecote said...

We should all run round Swanage with 'our willies hanging out' as the refrain used to go.

It really is getting ridiculous now. Why don't they just come out and say that fun is banned? It would save us all the pretence.