January 19th, 2010

Twitter twat

Posted in The Job - General by 200

I expect there are lots of people cursing the recent snow. none more so that Paul Chambers who got himself arrested as an indirect consequence of the recent weather-related chaos in the UK.

He was due to take a flight from Robin Hood Airport to Ireland when he found out there was a liklihood the flight would be cancelled due to snow. He was arrested & held for seven hours by police after he posted the following entry on Twitter: “C—! Robin Hood airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your shit together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high.”

He’s had his PC, laptop & mobile phone siezed, been banned from the airport for life & been suspended from his job. A gross over-reaction by Her Majesty’s finest or actions worthy of a proper & thorough investigation into potential terrorism? Ally Fogg over at the Guardian is very concerned.

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  1. Tired and Fed-Up says:

    The eternal question – treat it as a poor taste comment or react to it as a threat. Opt for the one option and then where do you stand when it turns into 9/11 mk. 2 or go to town and have the popular press (what a surprise) say that you over react and cannot differetiate between genuine menace and someoe acting the goat. End result – despite your best intentions, you’re made to look daft or worse, criminally negligent.

    Me personally, I’d like to see bobbies do what they do best i.e. use their common sense and discretion. Never mind the method statemnets or risk asessments, what do the troops think? Is this guy guilty of nothing more than a being a bit daft or is a security alert merited?

    January 20th, 2010 at 02:28

  2. Paul says:

    To some extent both. It should be investigated – not full bore though (would a terrorist really announce it on twitter ?) – and then written off as idiocy (with Police discretion).

    January 20th, 2010 at 08:15

  3. anon says:

    In this matter, Bender the Robot is graced with his opportunity to shine since it demands nothing over the IQ baseline for UK police recruitment.

    January 20th, 2010 at 10:10

  4. bender the robot says:

    hi melv!

    eaten any good books lately? lol…

    ps my IQ was last measured at 139…

    January 20th, 2010 at 11:10

  5. bender the robot says:

    opps.. fed the troll again…

    i wonder what melv does for a ‘living’…

    checkout operative? nope… not nice enough.
    road sweeper? nope… not hard working enough for that one.
    doctor? Ha Ha Ha lol Ha Ha Ha Ha lol HaHa Ha Ha lol HaHa Ha Ha lol HaHa Ha Ha lol Ha…
    teacher? nope… posts when he would be teaching…
    sales? mmm… poss… but my guess would be no. No people skills.

    what could it be?

    something that gave him time on his hands- access to a computer and a dictionary?


    sounds too young…

    i give up – go on melv lets hear it?

    January 20th, 2010 at 11:15

  6. md says:

    Twitter Twat! I love it. How about twitter twaddle or twitter twhite since that pretty much sums up most of the stuff produced. Great blog although I don’t really understand what the robot is twittering on about.

    January 20th, 2010 at 18:29

  7. Tony F says:

    Who has time to bother with such as ‘twitter’ FFS I can hardly keep up with blogs!

    January 20th, 2010 at 20:52

  8. Civ_In_The_City says:

    Banned from the airport for life? Phew, very nearly an overreaction.

    January 20th, 2010 at 21:23

  9. Blueknight says:

    There is a warning sign in Sharm el Sheikh airport Egypt, that states anyone making a ‘joke’ about bombs or explosive will face a large fine.And in Egypt that would happen.

    January 21st, 2010 at 21:45

  10. bill says:

    In the late Eighties, I was checking in to a BA flight to go to Edinburgh, for a dirty weekend . . ermm, to visit the Edinburgh Festival, with a newly pulled air hostess (which is coincidental to the story – or not.)

    As I passed through Security, a lady officer picked up my condom and black silk-pyjama packed bag and, straining under the weight, asked “what have you got in here sir, a body?”

    Picking up on her jocular tone, I replied “No, just a couple of Klashnikovs and a few thousand rounds of ammunition”.

    That was when the shit hit the fan, and how!

    Eventually, after a very public bollocking; I was allowed to board rhe flight.

    As a result, the object of my desire said she felt the whole episode had left her feeling humiliated, and a leg-over was out of the question.

    I am now, a model passenger!

    January 21st, 2010 at 22:55

  11. copper bottom says:

    remember that lady from the West Mids that said the same on a flight from New York to Bham about 4-weeks after 911?

    Imagine her surprise to be looking down the barrel of a 9mm Glock…

    One strip search and interrogation later by the airport Police- she was VERY pleased to see the UK Police… lol

    January 22nd, 2010 at 09:28

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