February 21st, 2009

The children are the future

Posted in The Job - General by 200

When we had the snow, I went over the town centre for my usual afternoon walk. I happened upon a group of youths who were chucking snowballs at old women and men who couldn’t run after them. Funnily enough, although they were only yards from the entrance to one of the gyms above a shop, I noticed they didn’t chuck a single thing at any of the lads who were leaving after a workout on the weights.

There were a couple of girls & 4 lads, all of whom were dressed in tracksuits & baseball caps. They spoke with the effected ‘street’ accent which has nothing to do with the region in which they were brought up. It’s probably something to do with appearing mutually cool with each other but just makes them look & sound like a bunch of losing tossers. They could be summed up as chavs.

I have no time for those who say we owe it to youths like them to interact with them, to empathise with them. I lost my patience with that attitude many years ago when I realised that it’s very nice but actually doesn’t work; rather than solving the problem it merely makes it worse, in my humble opinion.

Quite frankly, I’d sooner gather the whole lot up & transport them to some island where a race of people who are bigger & harder than them get to make their lives hell & piss on their chips all day long.

I saw one of those lads today as I went to the corner shop to grab a Radio Times. I recognised him straight away, partly because he was wearing the same tracksuit but mainly because he has a distinguishing scar right across his face. He probably says he got it in a knife fight when really his hand slipped whilst wanking & his fake Argos diamond ring cut his cheek on the back stroke.

He passed me with one of his mates & they walked up the way I had come.

I got my RT & walked back towards my street, ahead I saw this particular oxygen thief who appeared to be looking through a neighbour’s fence. I thought he might be adding to the rather colourful collection of graffiti, but when I got closer – after the chav had moved on – I realised he had been pissing up against my neighbour’s fence. Broad daylight.

Is it me or is it really wrong to suddenly have an overwhelming desire to treat him like the animal he so well mimics by dragging him back by the scruff of the neck & rubbing his face in it on pain of having a broken arm? Perhaps I should just invite him to a focus group where we can discuss which holiday he’d like to be taken on in order to stop his anti-social meanderings.

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  1. Boy on a bike says:

    “I’d sooner gather the whole lot up & transport them to some island where a race of people who are bigger & harder than them get to make their lives hell”

    You lot tried that before. It’s called “Australia”, and it worked out quite well.

    February 22nd, 2009 at 01:44

  2. Paul says:

    Problem is, eighteen or whatever years of not doing anything to them, even in fact protecting them makes them think they can behave this way with impunity. Then they proceed to stabbing people rather than snowballing them.

    With the gym guys, they don’t need to worry. If they chucked snowballs (or rocks for that matter) at one and got flattened, the ‘protect the innocent children’ mob would go after them.

    February 22nd, 2009 at 10:41

  3. James says:

    Maybe they should go on a cultural exchange to Afghanistan – but just don’t tell them what ‘man love Thursday’ is. Maybe some lucky Afghan will adopt them as their ashna.

    February 22nd, 2009 at 12:38

  4. MetAnon says:

    Are you finding that you act differently to how you would when you were a warranted police officer in this sort of situation, being a police officer changed how i act on and off duty in many ways, – it must be odd after 30 years to have to stop yourself reacting.
    Yeh, not sure how we endedup like this but its time people stopped talking and did something about it, however unfashionable it may be.
    its an old fashioned idea but perhaps some national service, the army didnt do me any harm

    February 22nd, 2009 at 15:48

  5. Tony F says:

    How about bring back stocks?

    February 22nd, 2009 at 17:02

  6. Fee says:

    I’m with Tony F – bring back the stocks. I’ve got some tomatoes past their use by date I can pelt them with. Even better, I won’t take them out of the tin first!

    Our neighbour had bother with kids peeing on his fence, but it stopped after he heaved a bucket of Dettol-laced water over one of the regular offenders.

    February 22nd, 2009 at 17:30

  7. TunsSunrise says:

    A few weeks back I was queuing in traffic to get home (thanks to the snow), and three chavs were taking turns to perform flying kicks at a glass bus shelter (nice soft landing in the snow), while another was trying his best to twist off the sign. Broad daylight, and surrounded by an audience of traffic-bound drivers – none of which bothers them as they’re a protected species.

    Unfortunately, I didn’t have the bottle to wind my window down and say anything – my car would just be a sitting target for the next kicking. I thought about phoning the police, but I reckoned they’d be busy enough with the weather, and would that class as a 999 emergency anyway? I didn’t know another number to phone. And would I then get into bother for using my phone while (barely) driving?

    In the end, I did what everyone else did – absolutely nothing, other than sit there feeling frustrated and angry while avoiding eye-contact. Which is why they can behave like that, and why it’ll get worse.

    February 23rd, 2009 at 03:11

  8. Plodnomore says:

    When I retired from the Army prior to joining the Police I suggested in a local newspaper that we should have some form of National Service for the long term unemployed, disaffected youth and general malingers, suggesting that this would instil some self-discipline, sense of purpose and pride in themselves. Rather than sending them to the world’s trouble spots, they could be based in UK (unless the joined the Regulars) and either used as a National Defence Force or on National community projects, such as canal clearance. The feedback I received was less than heartening and so I put this view away. I now read in the national press that such a scheme should be used for the long term unemployed, disaffected youth and general malingers which would instill some self-discipline, sense of purpose nd pride in themselves. I wonder if anyone in Government collects back copies of a North Eastern local newspaper?

    February 24th, 2009 at 17:29

  9. Mosh says:

    I had trouble with chav neighbours some years ago. It’s one reason I sold my house and buggered off abroad to travel. One of the visitors of the pregnant-girlfriend-beating bastard who lived next door pissed on my back door once. He just walked across the gardens and stood there trying to pee through the lock. Then denied it when I confronted him. What’s the chance of a prosecution when it’s my word against his? I can’t see the police DNA-testing a swab from my back door.

    Currently I’m in Oz and though there are tossers who’ll pinch your bike and morons with wide exhausts on their car they really don’t seem to have anything as widespread or endemic as our chavs.


    March 11th, 2009 at 09:37

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