I see that collectively as a country we have taken one further step towards being declared insane.
Simon Cremer, who runs a flooring firm in Witham, discovered in October 2008 that one of his staff (Mark Gilbert) had written out a company cheque for £845 to himself and had taken it to Cash Converters.
Mr Cremer decided to take Gilbert to the police station, and paraded him through the streets of Witham with a cardboard sign which read:
"Thief. I stole £845 am on my way to the police station."
Gilbert admitted to the crime, and was let off with a caution.
Can you guess what happened to Mr Cremer children?
Yes, that's right, he was charged with false imprisonment (a case which collapsed in December 2008).
Roll forward to 2011, and Mr Cremer has ended up having to pay £5K compensation and £8K in court costs to Gilbert (who was to sue him for "distress").
Mr Cremer felt that he had no option but to settle out of court, as the fees he expected to incur would have been in the region of at least £25K.
I have said before on this site that bringing back the Stocks (and their equivalent) would be an effective means of dealing with certain types of crime and anti social behaviour.
Had Nanny followed my policy, Mr Cremer would not have had to pay out £13K.
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