Don’t know if you saw this:
A uniformed British soldier was refused cigarettes by an Indian shopkeeper, there was a Facebook storm, people were urged to boycott the shop, a crowd gathered, police came in. Here’s the result:
1. The notice from the shop’s management read: “We were under the impression that by law we were not permitted to serve under 18s and army personnel in uniforms cigarettes.
BS, utter BS. What the hell do regulations on children have to do with soldiers? This is very clearly what it appears to be. But get this:
2. “Although police have not received a report of complaint from the shop, a full investigation into the wider comments being made is underway by the SIGMA team in St Helens.
“Police are looking into whether any of these comments constitute a criminal offence under the Malicious Communications and Public Order Acts..
There it is. A complaint from the shop? St Helens is not an area known for its niceties. Let’s see the shopkeeper try. More likely he’d be worried both about his business and about his personal safety.
Let’s transfer this to India. I’m a shopkeeper. In walks an Indian soldier. Do I refuse the man cigarettes? Am I insane?
Back to St Helens. Police received no complaints but they’re going to nail someone British if it’s the last thing they do.