A family who hung up posters of their missing cat were reduced to tears after a council worker threatened them with an £80 fine for being anti-social.Oh, yeah, let’s give ‘people’ like this a few more powers, shall we….?
One of their local council's community wardens soon contacted them to say they should remove them or face an on-the-spot fine for anti-social behaviour.Needless to say, the council claims to be in the right, because they are working for ‘the communidee’, ignoring the fact that I doubt they have a mandate from same to take this action:
Bus driver Stephen said: 'My wife took the call and was told quite sternly that we were going to be fined. When she got off the phone she was in disbelief and just broke down. There were a lot of tears.
'Although we love the cat we decided that £80 is a lot of money and reluctantly had to go out and take the posters down.
'It's unbelievably petty and it has made us so furious. This person was a real job'sworth. Milly is a member of our family, we're devastated she has disappeared.
A spokesman for Canterbury City Council said: 'Strictly speaking it is fly-posting, but of course we are sympathetic to someone who has lost their pet.Yes, you read that right – the people who run the council really believe that a child’s poster for his lost pet is not only the same as flyposters for ‘DJ Scum’s Bangin’ Tunez Nite’ and ‘Ali’s Minicabs – Drivers Wanted’ but it will actually attract them….!
'The problem is that left uncontrolled, fly-posting can get out of hand very quickly. Other posters advertising less emotive subjects soon go up and the place begins to look untidy.'
I guess now we know why the council employ creatures-in-human-form like this ‘community warden’ – like calls to like…