Nanny hates litter,
I hate litter,
You hate litter,
We all hate litter!
One thing, at least, that we can all agree on.
Therefore full marks to Andrew Tierney, of Hinckley, who threw some litter into a litter bin on a lamp post last month.
Regrettably for Andrew he reckoned without the snooping and prying eyes of Nanny and her troglodytes.
A fortnight later he received a letter from the trolls who work in Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, they were fining him £50 for his trouble.
Well you see, Andrew had thrown away two pieces of junk mail that had been thrust into his hand by the postman, as he left for work.
In Nanny's eyes junk mail counts as "domestic refuse", and as such should not be put into a public litter bin.
Two questions immediately spring to mind here:
1 What sad, pathetic, snooping, twat had nothing better to do with his/her life than to spy on Andrew and report him?
2 Was it worse than spying, did some troll from the council go through the contents of the bin and read Andrew's name and address on the letters?
3 Should Andrew have simply thrown the letters onto the street?
Needless to say, Andrew is not taking this pathetic fine lying down; he is going to court over the matter.
"I've been fined for doing the right thing
I could have easily chucked those letters on the ground, but I put them in the bin.
What has happened is a joke.
The council is barmy.
I never thought you could get a fine for putting rubbish in a bin
that's what they are there for."
"The council has told me to pay up or appeal
and there's absolutely no way I'm paying up.
No one I know was even aware a fine like this exists.
You get fined for chucking rubbish on the floor.
You get fined for chucking rubbish in the bin.
So what exactly are you supposed to do?"
The jobsworths at the council refused to back down, and rather incongruously noted that the bin's purpose was to "to keep streets tidy".
A Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council troll noted that junk mail "constituted household waste" which "has a separate collection."
The troll went on to say:
"A fixed penalty notice is served to people who we believe have committed an offence.
Anyone who feels they have been issued with a penalty unfairly can appeal,
and we will consider each case based on the evidence before us.
Our litter bins are there to keep streets tidy, as they enable the public to deposit small amounts of litter.
They are not provided for household waste."
What a plonker!
Now the council are considering putting signs up on the bins, no doubt at great expense!
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council chief executive Steve Atkinson, has he not got better things to do with his time?, got involved in the spat and said:
"If the evidence does not stack up and we are potentially guilty of over-reaction then we need to deal with it in the right way.
If we have over-reacted we will hold our hands up and acknowledge it."
It is hardly surprising that council tax bills keep going up. We will soon suffocate under a morass of red tape and snooping officialdom.
Simple solution, abolish all local councils; they seemingly serve no purpose other than to suffocate and tax their local residents.
On that particular subject you may find www.cracc.co.uk to be of interest:)