It's a standing joke that one of the easiest ways of recognising a TV Licensing goon is that they'll probably deny being one.
A couple of examples immediately spring to mind - the thus far unidentified Scottish goon that recently claimed to be from Scottish Gas and Northern Irish goon Paul Bale who point blank denied being from TV Licensing.
Of course it shouldn't be difficult to identify TV Licensing goons at all, because according to the Visiting Procedures - the official goon handbook if you like - they must always show their ID card on request.
Sadly it appears that the unofficial goon handbook discourages them from doing so. We've lost count of the number of times we've heard about TV Licensing goons refusing to confirm their identity. As a result of goon shyness, there is some uncertainty about what an official TV Licensing ID card actually looks like.
In the interests of crime prevention and public safety we have displayed a mock up of the official TV Licensing ID card in the image above.
The BBC requires Capita to provide its goons with ID cards under the terms of the TV Licensing operations contract, so the cards are produced at public expense.
A TV licence is only needed for those properties where equipment is installed or used to receive TV programmes at the time they are broadcast. Anyone who doesn't legally need a TV licence, has no business whatsoever with TV Licensing. People in this situation must resist TV Licensing coercion by totally ignoring its letters and leaving visiting goons out in the cold.
Having positively identified a TV Licensing goon, the occupier is advised to say nothing and immediately close the door. TV Licensing should never be allowed voluntary access to the property.
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