Here is a wee spot the difference competition (no prizes) for you to test your observational skills on.
Can you tell me the difference between the two objects in the picture above, and what each is used for?
Yes, that's right, the one on the left is a white stick used by the visually impaired, the one on the right is a Samurai sword used for killing people.
Now that wasn't too difficult was it?
Sadly some in the Lancashire police might have had some problems with it.
The Telegraph reports that Colin Farmer (a 61 year old visually impaired gentlemen) found himself tasered and handcuffed whilst on his way to meet friends for a drink in his local pub in Chorley.
Police had earlier been dispatched after reports of a man roaming around Chorley town centre in Lancs armed with a sword, and a patrolman spotted Mr Farmer walking down the street using his white stick to get around and mistook it for a samurai sword.
Mr Farmer said:
"The whole thing was like being trapped in a nightmare.
I didn't even know the police were there. I heard this man shouting. I thought they were shouting at some people.
I certainly didn't know they were police - and I certainly didn't know they were shouting at me.Chief Supt Stuart Williams, of Chorley Police said:
I thought I was going to be attacked by some hooligans. The next thing they fired a Taser at me, though I didn't know it was a taser at the time.
I just felt this thump in my back. As soon as the taser hit me I hit the ground.
I hit my head on the floor, then this policeman came around. I said 'I'm blind, I'm blind. I'm blind'.
This policeman knelt on me and dragged my arms round my back and handcuffed me so tight I've had bruises since.
I said 'you're hurting me, I'm blind' - and there's no way he could not have seen my stick on the floor.
I walk at a snail's pace. They could have walked past me, driven past me in the van, or said drop your weapon.
It's a sad excuse. They wouldn't even stop when I said I'm blind. I was absolutely terrified. I thought any second I'm going to have another stroke and this one will kill me."
"We have launched an urgent investigation to understand what lessons can be learned and the matter has also been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission."
Mistakes of course do happen, but this seems to be one hell of a snafu!
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