Thursday, 4 December 2008
Local Council Gestapo
Remember all of those incidents of Local Council Gestapo shutting down Nativity Plays, spying on folk to determine if their children go to the right school, preventing people having too many Christmas decorations on their houses, banning folk from driving over the pavement to reach their garage, banning football in the street, stopping icecream vans playing their jingles, and threatening hair dressing salons with prison for giving customers a glass of wine?
Oddly, the same twats seem completely helpless to prevent a convicted fraudster from ripping families off with a naff theme park which fails to meet the expectations raised by it's promotion or offer anything like value for money.
This is just failure of nerve by the Council Gestapo, there are just LOADS of petty rules and regulations and Health and Safety issues they could invoke. Checking on the Public Liability Insurance, are they providing sufficient toilet facilities for the numbers of staff and visitors, are all their caterers properly insured, licensed, and certificated, all staff being paid minimum wage, conditions animals are being kept in, all electrical rules and regs for their lighting and power to rides etc. There's an endless list of stuff they could harrass them with to point of shutting them down.
But what do they do? Just insist that they can't sell alcohol as the license has not yet been approved.
You couldn't make it up and be believed.
UPDATE: Closed, with tales of contractors unpaid. Not by the Gestapo, who have left people out of pocket and unprotected.
UPDATE 2: Copycat Rip Off in Staffordshire - who on earth is mug enough to make these scams worth the effort?
UPDATE 3: Staffordshire Lapland shut by council. That's more like it.
Posted by Hacked Off at 09:10