July 26th, 2009

Just a Drip

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

The phone rings, I glance at the telephone & see it’s the local CCTV operator. I look across at the computer monitor which has the CCTV images on them. As I have several screens, I can’t look at them all so even if something is happening on CCTV, I’m often busy doing something else to notice it.

As I pick up the telephone I can see they have focused on man in his 30s, he is leaning up against a pole in one of these areas you often get in a town centre which is in the middle of the pavement but has been set aside for a few plants & bushes. I can’t quite see what he is doing because of a few strategically placed branches, but as the CCTV operator explains I realise he is trying to relieve himself.

He doesn’t quite lose the battle against alcohol & gravity but he’s close. It’s a scene repeated in every town centre on a Friday & Saturday night across the land, except it’s about 3pm in the afternoon. As the CCTV operator zooms the camera out I can see women with children in tow walking past the man. You can almost here the children “Mummy, what’s that man doing?”

He’s been there fo three or four minutes & he doesn’t look like he’s anywhere near completing his task.

I send one of the local neighbourhood officers. You can’t possibly hope to deal with everyone who does this on a Saturday night but it is Tuesday afternoon & the town is packed.

CCTV explains they saw him just about fall out of one of the local bars & stagger his way down to the nearest bush. Except the bush area is just 1 yard wide & conceals nothing. I guess he is too drunk for his befuddled mind to remember that pubs have toilets & he only left one 30 seconds ago.

I update the local officer with his description & current state. The drunk finishes & staggers out of the bush to continue his meandering way down the High Street. I tell the officer that he will be easily recognised as he’s the only one I can see with a massive patch of urine down his light coloured trousers.

He gets dealt with.

I can’t help thinking the punishment should be that when he’s sober,  he should be made to watch the CCTV footage in the presence of his family.

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  1. MarkUK says:

    “I can’t help thinking the punishment should be that when he’s sober, he should be made to watch the CCTV footage in the presence of his family.”

    And then made to go around on a Saturday or Sunday morning with a bucket of disinfectant and a bush.

    I’m a great fan of making the punishment be to clean up the kind of thing you did, but a hundredfold.

    July 26th, 2009 at 21:29

  2. Linda Baki says:

    Back in January I read that Scotland were going to start a 40.00 pound fine?…Thank your lucky stars we are not in China , there you are allowed to do both in public places. I believe in Japan you go to prison or heavily fined’ maybe both.

    July 27th, 2009 at 14:23

  3. Tony F says:

    Mark, Agreed, but it would be against his human rights….I do like the idea of showing his family, but knowing many of them nowadays, it would be a badge of honour. “Ooh, I saw my dad on the telly….”

    July 27th, 2009 at 14:48

  4. Fee says:

    I think it’s been an offence in Scotland for a long time (unless they just used the catch-all “Breach of the Peace”) but I seem to recall an announcement that an on-the-spot (or should that be on-the-puddle?) fine was being introduced. At the very least its a health hazard, besides being just a seriously filthy thing to do.

    July 27th, 2009 at 17:26

  5. Boy on a bike says:

    Next time you have a drought, and the council is unable to water the plants and they all start dying, you’ll thank people like this fellow for performing a public service!

    July 28th, 2009 at 14:40

  6. MarkUK says:

    Tony F, I know that’s what we’re told. I work in a school where kids who drop litter can’t be made to spend a detention picking litter up, as it would be “demeaning” for them.

    It’s obviously not demeaning for the Estates staff, including the Site Supervisor, to do so.

    Frankly, it’s balderdash.

    For minor offences, making the punishment fit the crime seems eminently sensible to me; locking people up would also be against their human rights – except after a trial.

    July 28th, 2009 at 21:41

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