Local plod in my face!
Just got back in after catching up with an old mate for a couple of coffees as he’s had a hard time of it recently, and wanted to invite him round for Christmas lunch, if he was going to be on his own. Anyhow, our local tiny co-op has recently (about 2 or 3 months ago ) put directional ‘in’/ ‘out, ‘entry’/’no entry’ and directional paint on the floor. Just blue signage, like you’d get in a petrol station. I always obey it, mainly because I’m coming from my house, which is closer to the entry anyway. Honest truth.
As I’m coming from the opposite way to normal I’d turned into the side road which leads to the exit and then realised its now directional. No traffic on either the main road, side road or moving in the little car park. So I slow down to crawling speed, nip in and park up. As I’m walking into the shop, I hear an aggressive ‘oi, excuse me, oi’ and turn to see a short aggressive, box bearded officer striding up to me. He proceeds to tell me I’ve broken the law, going into a no entry. I apologise and explain my rationale and that as far as I was concerned, I hadn’t broken the law. He’s right up in my face, then asks if I’ve been drinking. Fair enough at this time of year. After politely saying I hadn’t, apologising again and as far as I was concerned I hadn’t broken the RTA, as it’s just the co-op’s way of controlling the flow of traffic, he says ‘if it ain’t the law, I’ll make it the law’ and then starts saying I was driving without due care and attention and that I hadn’t indicated! I asked who I would have been indicating to, as there were no pedestrians/cyclists or cars anywhere! He agrees I crawled round and was driving slowly, but insists he’s booking me for driving with undue care and attention. Que slight change of approach from me – i stop politely putting my side of it across and commence 5 minutes of grovelling/agreeing with angry man and he finally let’s me off to go and get some milk!
He needs to be in the shop at 3pm, when the 12 year old school kids are smoking outside, shop lifting and being abusive to the old dears getting their bits and bobs. Nearly said that, but thought I may end up in the cells tonight!!
Thought he was out of order being so aggressive and bringing other charges into it, when he realised I may have a point. I have utmost respect for the police, but some let themselves and the rest down at times IMO.Posted 5 years agoflippinhecklerMember
It’s like my neighbour who drove up the street to her house on her mobile phone I said in a jokey fashion naughty naughty she replied it only on our close, another case of being selective on how the law applies to them. Shame snouty copper was not about or my next door neighbour who is a high ranking police officer. Doubt she would feel the same if I was on my phone and ran over her two year old daughter.Posted 5 years agosomafunkSubscriber
As far as i understand criminal law it is not an offence to wilfully ignore directional signs in a supermarket car park just as it not a criminal offence to park in a supermarket mother and child parking bay and also not an offence to park in a supermarket or any privately owned car park disabled parking bay but i think you may still be open to prosecution for driving without due care and attention – this applies to any land that members of the public have free access to whether that be private such as a supermarket car park/private estate land with rights of way across it or such like.Posted 5 years agosomafunkSubscriber
Just think, it could’ve been far worse – imagine a stw’r being successfully prosecuted for driving the wrong way round an aldi or lidl car park….oh the shame…the shame indeed, you’d never be able to show your face again at the “i love waitrose” secret meetings.
Actually come to think of it i’d rather shop at aldi or lidl than give any of my cash to Terry Leahy, the **** that owns tesco….or walmart/asda….arghhhhh i can feel the unsubstantiated rage building……..
Here’s something that was said earlier……
Tesco CEO Sir Terry Leahy has announced that, after completing the acquisition of the Co-Op and the Happy Garden Chinese takeaway in Bromsgrove, it now owns every-****’-thing in the whole ****’ country.
‘A few years ago, when it emerged that £1 out of every £8 spent on groceries in the UK was in Tesco, I said that left £7 to go for and the bankers just ****’ smirked,’ said Leahy. ‘So I thought ”Right, you ****’ and decided not just to take over the entire ****’ food chain but every other ****’ thing as well’.
After a busy six months buying Homebase, Boot’s, Asda, the Blue Cross charity shop and funkypigeon.com, Tesco had to dig deep to buy Sainsbury’s too. This was, admitted Leahy ‘****’ expensive’ but was achieved with an interest-free loan off Tesco Bank that was guaranteed by Tesco’s Insurance. ‘Then the Monopolies Commission started sniffing round, so we said ‘**** that for a game of soldiers’ and bought them too.’
Leahy also dismissed as ‘unsubstantiated’ rumours that he has yet to acquire a border terrier in Herefordshire called Monty who was recently seen cocking his leg on a discarded Tesco trolley. He also revealed that the traditional view that Tesco is using its immense buying power to reduce prices and drive customer loyalty is actually ‘bollocks’.
”Buying power? We don’t have to buy ANY-****’-thing because we own EVERY-****’-thing,’ he said. ‘Want to demonstrate about it? That’s fine with us, we own all three placard makers in Britain. Or e-mail your complaints to your MP? Tough titty, we own Hewlett Packard, Dell and BT too. And your MP. Actually, we’ve always owned the ****’ MP….’Posted 5 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
I predict great things for this thread – but then I’m in a good mood having been informed 2 hours ago that I’ve been promoted to Sgt. Happy days.
congratulations, no small achievement at any time, more so now with “austerity” limiting opportunities and increasing competition.
Just avoid custody like the plague 🙄
To the OP, if your transcript is accurate he does sound like a bit of an asshat. Every organisation has them, everybody has bad days, problem is when its da babylon it has a greater impact on other people.Posted 5 years agomolgripsSubscriber
I once knew a bloke who drove up a narrow street, parked, and went to someone’s house – possibly his own, not sure. Whilst he was in the house for a short period of time, the council had erected one-way street signs. He drove out his normal way which was now the wrong way and got a ticket. Now that’s harsh!Posted 5 years ago
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