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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Scottish TV Licensing Goon Roger Caught on Camera

TV Licensing Goon

A Scottish TV Licensing goon has been caught on camera peddling his immoral wares for the second time.

The goon in this case, who goes by the name of Roger, appears to be visiting the property to confirm a No Licence Needed declaration by the occupier.

Poor old Roger was looking a bit bedraggled in this latest video, as he trudged around in the rain desperately trying to fulfill his hourly quota for completed Code 8 prosecution statements.

We don't approve of Roger's manner in this latest video. Not only does he poke fun at the occupier exercising his legal right to film, but he also outstays his welcome.

The occupier makes it clear that TV Licensing is not welcome, but instead of turning on his heels the bearded buffoon decides to argue the toss over the legalities of trespass in Scotland. We'd suggest that Roger's attitude is not endearing to the TV Licensing cause.

As it goes, Roger is wrong - it is still possible to trespass on private residential property in Scotland. Even if it wasn't, the TV Licensing Visiting Procedures and Withdrawal of Implied Rights of Access (WOIRA) Policy makes it quite clear that goons should always leave when they are told to.

Below, for educational purposes, we have transcribed the short encounter between goon and occupier:
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Occupier: Who are you? What do you want?

Goon: Are you filming me?

Occupier: Definitely. Always.

Goon: You're very mature.

Occupier: I am very mature.

Goon: So you've told us that you don't have a television? That you don't watch live television?

Occupier: Ah ha. I've also told you that I've removed any presumed consent for coming on this property.

Goon: Well that's not so, because I'm able to tell you that that's not actually...

Occupier: It doesn't matter. But anyway, I don't want you on my property.

Goon: That's not actually legally applicable in Scotland, it's an English thing.

Occupier: I don't care. I really just don't want you on my property.

Goon: Okay.

Occupier: No offence to yourself. We've all got a job to do, but I'm not entertaining this conversation.

Goon: Do you have a television?

Occupier: I'm not entertaining this conversation. Thanks for your time.
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Interesting from our point of view is the fact that when Roger shows his ID card it displays his name as just that - Roger.

It is the second time (read about the first case) we have seen a TV Licensing ID card bearing only the goon's forename. On that basis, we would suggest that Capita has adopted a new style of ID card. It would appear they are wising up to the fact that goons are becoming the target of public ridicule when their ID cards are filmed and their full names are uploaded to the web.

What a bunch of spoilsports!

2 comments:

Götter Dämmerung said...

Could it not be argued that if any ID presented to you only bears a first name then you would be more than within your rights to terminate the conversation with the caller immediately.

I know you can terminate a converstaion anytime you like with one of Capitas doorsteppers anyway but this is a worrying trend that needs nipping in the bud before other companies start to adopt this policy by refusing to deal with them outright on the grounds that their ID card is incomplete.

Anonymous said...

You are correct an ID must contain both a First and Last name in order to properly "Identify"
The Owner. Capita appear to have adopted informal Name Tags as a form of ID.