Yesterday was the 90th anniversary of the end of the "Great War". Nanny, true to form, decided to commemorate it in her own special way.
Nanny's chums in the police from the Littlemoor area of Weymouth banned two poppy sellers from selling poppies door to door.
Jan Hinton and Charlotte Warren-Sinclaire have, for the past seven years, raised hundreds of pounds for the Royal British Legion.
However, this year, police banned them from door to door selling on the grounds that they were "bogus callers".
They tried to convince Nanny's police that they were not bogus, by showing their official documents, but were still ordered to leave because a member of the public had complained.
I hope that the member of the public who complained feels proud of himself/herself, and that in the event that we face another war there are people willing to lose their lives to defend that person's right to complain to the police about a trivial matter such as someone selling poppies door to door.
The officers allegedly threatened to "pull the plug" to stop the Legion from selling poppies in the evening if the pair did not cooperate.
Mrs Hinton said:
"We are always polite and never force people into buying them. We have never experienced anything like this so were stunned. They have to respond to suspect callers so we showed them our ID badges, tins and poppy trays.
Their attitude was just unbelievable. They said we couldn't collect after dark and not to collect this week because it was Halloween.
They then said if we carried on, they would pull the plug on the RBL doing house-to-house collections.
I thought I was hearing it wrong. Who do they think they are claiming-they have the authority to make that decision?
They wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for my father and all the other people who fought in the war. They ought to be ashamed."
Nanny has no shame, and programs her underlings to follow the letter of the law without employing any common sense or humanity.
Her father, Arthur Pitman, served in the Royal Medical Corps and was a prisoner in Burma.
A Dorset Police spokesman said:
"Many people, particularly the elderly, are worried about bogus callers.
We do not have any problem with legitimate collecting of this kind."
The why ban it, if you don't have a problem with it?
Maybe the person who complained would like to explain himself/herself?
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