Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Pig Of A Night

Reader John from the seedier west side of the Millionaires' Playground writes:

At 0330 this morning I was awoken from my stupor by car doors being opened and closed, and a man and woman chatting. Looking out of the window, I saw a police car and two officers checking the front and back of my car and others along the street. After my car and others being keyed and broken into of late, I thought it wise to enquire what was occurring.

Donning my dressing gown and slippers, I went outside and asked the officers what the issue was. 'That car has an illegal number plate and we are giving it a ticket,' came the response.

I did ask the officer if he was joking, to which he replied he wasn't.

Well John, you wouldn't expect them to be doing something useful like catching the vandals who've been spraying cars in Ramsgate and Broadstairs with paint stripper, would you? No, they're stuffing their faces in pie shops and fiddling with their Blackberries all day, followed by a spot of light ticketing in the wee small hours to earn the overtime to pay for the pies!


Anonymous said...

Should have a legal number plate then, shouldn't you!!

Richard Eastcliff said...

Er, I don't think it was John's car they were ticketing, although I agree his email is ambiguous.

I'd also say that never ever ever have I ever seen a rozzer putting a ticket on a car for an illegal number plate. Let alone at 3.30 in the morning!

John said...

Sorry ECR, was a little tired this morning.

Someone elses car, not my own. That has a perfectly legal number plate of

I did round off the email with "I understand the police have a difficult job to do and everyone has an opinion on it, but they don't help themselves sometimes".

puffinman said...

Lions led by donkeys !!!!

Richard Eastcliff said...

Sorry John. I left that last bit of your email out on the time-honoured journalistic principle of not letting the facts get in the way of a good story!

ascu75 aka Don said...

I had to laugh I as you know am disabled and outside of our house is a disabled parking bay. Well on the 7th of this month I got a parking charge notice for not displaying a blue badge, the fact that they noted the tax disc number and expiry date on the notice but FAILED TO NOTE IT IS DISABLED CLASS was beyond them. I am sure they realised you cannot get disabled tax without a blue badge. Once again writing a ticket to fill their quota or could it be because I refuse to fill in some of their silly forms they are not vindictive in the council offices are they?

ascu75 aka Don said...

Richard I should have added my ticket was issued by a Civil Enforcement Officer and not a Police Officer hence the thought of being vindictive towards me for not filling in stupid forms for the councils records.

Richard Eastcliff said...

Ah! You Blue Badgers!

Where is the Blue Badge by the way Don? Don't tell me you've, er, 'lent' it to someone ;-)