This is the start of the post, which means it’s the part where I say something about not wanting to pick on the UK so much but I have to because they leave me no choice.
With that out of the way, we move on to the part where I explain the latest beyond ridiculous half wit council decision.
Lazaris Michael, 76, was handed a £60 fine for littering after dropping a cigarette on the street. Good on the wardens for getting tough on polluters, you might say. Just one problem. The smoke wasknocked out of his hand when he got caught up in the middle of a scuffle between police and a couple of shoplifters they were chasing.
“This was utterly embarrassing,” Michael said of the incident. “Before I had a chance to pick it up, the warden asked me to come with him. He gave me the fine and didn’t give me a chance to explain. What was worse is that people then looked at me thinking I was something to do with the shoplifting.”
Now we come to the how do these people sleep at night and live with themselves during the day portion.
Michael said that he asked the council to scrap the fine, but instead of doing the right thing, they actually threatened to increase it to £80. Oh, and they’re also very happy about a job well done.
Thanet council in Kent said it was happy with the way the incident in Margate had been dealt with.
‘We take a zero tolerance approach to anyone who drops litter, including cigarette butts and chewing gum,’ it said.
‘No excuses will be accepted.’