The number of TV Licensing goons being assaulted in Scotland is on the rise.
That's according to an article, no doubt planted by TV Licensing's PR harlots, that temporarily appeared on the website of Moray Firth Radio earlier this evening.
In the last financial year 89 TV Licensing goons have been assaulted, which is two-and-a-half times as many as in the previous year.
According to TV Licensing - and this is where the credibility of the article really does fall into question - a further 360 goons have been threatened and verbally abused during incidents in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Dundee.
That statistic really is a minor miracle, considering there are less than 400 goons covering the whole of the UK.
TV Licensing claim that a goon was threatened with a hammer in Dundee. Others have been punched, spat on, verbally assaulted and one even had a TV set thrown at him.
An Edinburgh goon is quoted as saying: "I've faced verbal abuse, been filmed, pushed, followed on foot for several hundred yards - shouting abuse in a packed street. I've been followed and chased in a car for several miles."
Capita TV Licensing's Colin Bright said: "On one occasion, myself and a colleague were involved in a physical attack.
"The abuse does affect your home life, because, in some cases, people are filming your car registration or putting your name online, so it's in the back of your mind that there's a chance you could be approached by a stranger in public."
Colin Jones, Capita TV Licensing's Field Operations Director, said: "The threats our officers can receive when they are just trying to carry out their role is completely unacceptable. Those who attack them seem to forget they are human beings.
"They do a great job, remaining professional and courteous in sometimes very challenging circumstances and we do everything we can to support them. This includes reporting serious threats and abuse to the police."
Indeed regular readers of the TV Licensing Blog will know exactly the sort of "great job" that some Scottish goons do as they collect revenue on behalf of the BBC (see here and here). Let's not even mention some of the antics their colleagues south of border get up to. With TV Licensing, it's quite often a case of "do as we say, not as we do". It's a bit rich that TV Licensing is seeking sympathy and understanding, when some of the tactics it employs would not be out of place in the Third Reich.
Here at the TV Licensing Blog we cannot and do not condone any sort of physical violence against a TV Licensing goon, however provoked the aggressor might be. Violence is always wrong, save for the exceptional circumstances in which it is a genuine act of self-defence.
We do encourage the passive filming of TV Licensing goons, which is perfectly legal and serves to protect the occupier from any unfounded allegations of wrongdoing later on.
Any Scottish TV Licensing goons seeking alternative employment and reintegration into society, please read this earlier article for inspiration.