Don't get me started on these petty smoking ban regulations. Even if it's your own van and nobody else uses it, you still have to display a sign. Utter bollocks.
I think we can all agree though, this particular instance goes a bit beyond utter bollocks and into the realm of utter jobsworth lunacy. The point where a law abiding citizen meets an unmovable object in the form of a little man in a big state uniform.
A van driver has been handed a £200 fine for not displaying a ‘No Smoking' sticker on his new vehicle.
Freddie Beasley from Cleankill Environmental Services had just picked up the brand new van from a garage when he was pulled over in a joint police and council operation to clamp down on dangerous vehicles, according to the Daily Mail.
No problem eh? Just explain that it's brand new and the sign hasn't been fitted yet, they will understand. Surely?
Beasley tried to explain that he had only just picked the new van up from a workshop where workers had painted the Cleankill logo on the side and that he was driving it back to the firm's HQ in Surrey.
However, [...] he was given an on-the-spot fine of £200.
Oh that's right. He had encountered a jobsworth. They can't be reasoned with. They don't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And they absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are fined.*
“The irony is that if our technician had been smoking he would have been fined four time less, just £50.”
Smokers. The new terrorists. The new criminals.
*No prizes for naming the film