Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Don't Mess With This Granny...!

Governments, both local and federal, are finding out that people are just plain tired of being bullied!

I picked up this story from PTShamrock...and it';s amusing to read, but only because of the good guys winning one again!

This particular case was in England, but you can bet that things like this are happening here in the States every day!

Hauled into court over a cardboard box-

A grandmother was dragged to court - after carefully leaving a cardboard box next to a council recycling bin.

Lynne had taken the box which held her new washing machine to the recycling point at a Somerfield supermarket near her home in Wickford,Essex, in October. It was too big to fit in the slot and the bin was nearly full. Lynne,59, was filmed wedging it between two bins to stop it blowing away.

Days later she got a card from Basildon Council asking her to call about "an incident". An environmental officer later turned up at the fancy dress shop she runs and handed her a GBP 300 fine. She threw it in a bin and ordered him out.

On March 22 she received a letter charging her with"depositing controlled waste" and summoning her before JPs. That's right people - just for putting a cardboard box in-between two bins which were too small to take the full box, Lynne Doyle was fined GBP 300.

Many would have been bullied by the council into paying up. Luckily, Lynne did not...so she was ordered before a court. However, on the advice of a lawyer she requested trial by jury.

What do you think happened...? She has now received a letter, without apology or explanation, saying the council was dropping the case.

So Lynne gets threatened with a fine and then trial; but when she pushes back the council retreats. It shouldn't end there - if you are outraged by this action by Basildon, the contact details for their refuse and recycling team are here. Why not ask them why they subjected a 59 year-old women to this ordeal?

This should be a wake up call to all of us that believe in the power of Truth and Justice! Once the PTB realize that folks are going to fight back, and not just be quietly led around by the nose...some of the bullying will stop!

I think that Great Britain far out does the U.S. in pushing people around...but at least we now know of one person that refuses to just stand by and take it!

Now, let's get some fresh coffee and sit outside for a bit. We can toast to the English Granny with some backbone!


Andy in Germany said...

Well, they're good at pushing pensioners about who they think will meekly do as they are told. Businesses and bankers on the other hand are left to do as they please, and a carboard box is nothing compared to the mess they make.

Momlady said...

Go, Granny, Go!!!! I think it's going to take the older generation to start the revolution.

HermitJim said...

Hey Andy...
Funny, how when folks push back, the PTB decide to drop the whole thing, isn't it?

Maybe, just maybe, they are starting to see that they cannot go unchallenged when they want to bully folks!

Hey, I appreciate you coming by today!

Hey Momlady...
Good to see you back from the Renfest! Hope you had a good time!

The older generation will certainly play a big part in whatever happens!

Some of us old codgers are pretty tough in attitude!

Thanks for coming by today!

Bob from Athens said...

I'm gonna have to go to England someday, ha, just to find out what these councils are all about. Are they like out city council only smaller with a lot more power? I read yahoo answere a lot and the English on there are always talking about them, if the dog craps on the sidewalk, they report it to the council, if the landlord doesn't fix the leak, report it to the council, someone playing the telle to loud, report it to the council. One powerful bunch of people apparently.

HermitJim said...

Hey Bob...
I reckon that "power hungry" idiots are everywhere...whether it's in the city hall, the home owners association, or the "council"!

Just always seems to be someone around that wants to control they way we live!

Hey, I appreciate the visit!

Dizzy-Dick said...

Sounds like the stories I hear about "home owner associations" around Texas. I have not, nor ever want to live anywhere that have them. They get out of control, even evict people from their own homes. I am sure you have heard news stories about them.

By the way, I had my eye surgery yesterday and so far, so good.

Have a good day.

Ben in Texas said...

What? NO update on the computer shopping for Mom Yesterday?
Come on Son,, Give us the details,

Inquiring minds want to know.

Mechanic in Illinois said...

I know a bunch of tough mature ladies and we need to take lessons from them. Its time we stand up for our rights and show them whose's boss. Thanks for another great lesson.

HermitJim said...

Hey Dizzy...
The HOA's in Houston are notorious for the way they treat everyone! They won't even allow you to paint your own house any color that isn't approved by them! That is, at least in my Mom's neighborhood!

Glad you came through the eye surgery with flying colors! Be sure to keep us updated with how things progress with the vision!

Thanks, my friend, for stopping by today!

HermitJim said...

Hey Ben...
I should have posted an update on the trip across town today, but didn't make it!

It is deserving of a complete post and I'll certainly do one very soon!

Thanks, buddy, for oming by!

Hey Mechanic...
Just imagine if some of the sewing circles and quilting bee ladies all teamed up against a particular common foe!

The bad guy wouldn't stand a chance! Power to the Grannies!

thanks, my friend for coming by today!

Sick and Tired said...

It's all about the money! The PTB have no problem creating more paper (as in a ticket to extract payment). Kill another tree and get paid! Just one more example of government bullshit to STEAL your hard earned money! Go get'em Grannies!

HermitJim said...

Hey Sick and Tired...
Seems like they can always find a way to take it, don't they?

Sooner or later the well is going to come up dry!

Hey, thanks for coming by today!