Monday, December 22, 2008

Arrested for playing the bagpipes

I was thinking of doing an ironic/funny piece about this but have decided against that.

Is there something wrong with the police these days? Would an old style copper of the Dixon of Dock Green-type have arrested a bagpipe player, handcuffed him and taken him down to the police station for an hour?

The police said the chap was causing "distress". But the bagpipe busker in Bridport, Dorset had collected £50 from members of the public in just under an hour, so there couldn't have been much wrong with his playing.

What's wrong with a few gentle words from the old Bill to both the busker and the shopkeeper who complained, to defuse the situation?

Would this have happened in Auchtermuchty?

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