September 30, 2007

The case of the wax crayon

The Telegraph reports that a girl of 10 was handed a £40 fine for writing on a neighbour's wall in crayon. The mother complains and gets sympathetic news coverage.

I don't see what the police did wrong here. The police responded to a complaint - so was it the first time? Her mother said the girl was "scared and upset", which may be a good thing.

Actually the fine was withdrawn "after the children helped clear up the mess". So let's see - more than one child, then - and the implication is that they hadn't helped to clear up the mess before the fine was imposed.

This is what zero tolerance policing is supposed to look like. The mother is wrong. Well done the police.

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