Cllr Shirley Tomlinson vs Someone's Grandfather
Thanet District Council are in the news again for supporting the over zealous street warden who fined Grandfather Lazarus Michael £60 the moment his cigarette was knocked his out of his hand. The events took place in Margate high-street while two police officers were attempting to arrest shoplifters. In the confusion and bustle a full cigarette was knocked away from Lazarus Michael but before he could reach to retrieve it he was pounced upon and fined.
Lazarus Michael says
I wasnít littering as it was a full cigarette. But before I had a chance to pick it up, the warden had come up to me and asked me to come with him. I didnít know what he wanted so I went to talk to him. This is apparently a mistake so the warning seems to be do not talk to wardens as explains
He gave me the fine and didnít give me a chance to explain, if he hadnít come over to talk to me I would have bent down and picked it up without giving it another thought.
TDC have indicated that they are happy with the actions of the warden and Cllr Shirley Tomlinson has announced that there will be no exceptions under any circumstances. This is dangerously Soviet in attitude and opens the way for abusive fine practices from target staved wardens. Short of the ability to prove innocence there is no possible defence against random fines.
(Very compassionate and insightful Shirly (not))
TDC it seems have suspended the right to a fair trail or to be considered innocent until proven to be otherwise in favour of trying to get the man on the street to dish up towards the £3 Billion that the Conservative lead council are so badly hurting for. This I feel is the true reason why TDC are getting tough.