Sunday, November 28, 2004

Brit arrested for carrying a Swiss Army knife

The London Telegraph Reports on more British insanity. The policeman found my penknife. 'You're going down, mate,' he said. "As I lifted the lid I pointed out to them a Victorinox Swiss multi-tool, contained in a small webbing case," and his troubles began. I hate to think what a terrorist could do with a corkscrwew!
The community support officers reacted immediately. They behaved as if they had never seen a penknife before, pulling out the bottle-opener, the corkscrew, the thing that gets stones out of horses' hooves. "This device has a locking blade," said the constable. My goodwill towards the police began to give way to alarm. I reached for my mobile to call the lawyers and explain that I was going to be late but the constable stopped me. "Turn that phone off," he said. "You're about to be arrested for possessing offensive weapons and carrying a bladed instrument in public. You'll be allowed one call when we get you to Charing Cross police station."
If this is the way the police are spending their time, it is no wonder that crime in Britain is out of control. [Thanks to KABA]

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