Another fascinating insight into the visiting patterns of the lesser spotted TV Licensing booby has been uploaded to YouTube over the weekend.
A TV licence is only required by those properties where equipment is used to receive/record live broadcast TV programmes. Despite this unequivocal fact of law the BBC's contractors, TV Licensing, hound the occupiers of every unlicensed property into buying a licence, regardless of their legal need to do so.
For all this visitor doesn't identify himself as being from TV Licensing, there are certain tell tale signs that he's one of them. Indeed the fact that he doesn't volunteer his identity virtually nails it that he's from TV Licensing.
To begin with note the vacant expression on his face, which suggests he's at the stalled evolutionary stage of spelling rude words with his Alphabetti Spaghetti. He also starts the conversation on the offensive with "what are you taking my photograph for? Isn't that illegal?" The answer is no, it isn't illegal, as TV Licensing employees should well know if they've read their own Visiting Procedures. They like to pretend it's illegal to avoid any of their subsequent unscrupulous behaviour being captured on film.
Any remaining doubt about his identity was all but extinguished when he uttered the words "I'm phoning the police". It will come as no surprise that the occupier, who does not legally need a TV licence, is still waiting for the police to visit. I don't suppose it'll be a big priority for them once they've managed to peel themselves off the floor laughing. No unsolicited caller apart from TV Licensing would have the arrogance to turn up on someone's doorstep and threaten them with the police.
This video is a very good example of how to deal with TV Licensing employees. Ignore them completely as they have no more legal rights than any other visitor to your home.
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