Two different TV Licensing goons have been caught on camera in the last 24 hours.
As we've mentioned on many previous occasions, it is perfectly legal for the occupier of any property to video or audio record any TV Licensing goons that visit. The goon does not need to be informed, nor do they need to consent, for such recording to take place. The only legal way a TV Licensing goon can prevent the occupier from recording is by physically withdrawing from the property, but for some strange reason you get a few goons that seem to enjoy their moment of fame and act up to the camera.
We strongly encourage the recording of TV Licensing goon visits. By exercising their legal right to record, the occupier deprives the goon of the opportunity to fabricate or embellish the circumstances of the visit later on. The presence of a camera also serves to moderate the TV Licensing goon's behaviour and focus their mind on conducting the visit correctly.
The first video was shot in Scotland. The beany-wearing TV Licensing goon, shown in the image above, is clearly a bit of a chancer. He begins by incorrectly saying that the occupier doesn't have authority to record him. Of course the goon knows full well that being recorded is part of the job, because the TV Licensing Visiting Procedures say as much. The goon goes through the now familiar mantra of reciting the address out loud, in the mistaken belief that doing so will prevent the video being uploaded to YouTube.
The second video was shot in the Teesside area. The goon, who had previously been recorded during an earlier visit to TV Licensing malicious search warrant victim Mick Oldfield, was a bit more subdued at the prospect of appearing on camera for the second time. The occupier gave him the silent treatment, but the goon persisted with his doorstep patter. The goon, who is also very familiar with the rules on recording, challenged the occupier about the camera on several occasions. He arrogantly left the property asking if he should tidy his hair for the camera.
If you're the occupier of a legally-licence-free property, then please keep your camera charged up and ready by the front door.
If you know the name of either of these TV Licensing goons then please get in touch. We look forward to identifying them - particularly the Teesside one.