Not allowed on a bus with some paint? Hmm. But a £3.75 tin of paint - you're Noel Edmonds, taking on Barmy Britain! It's political correctness gone reactionary right-wing nanny state health and safety former seventies disc jockey! What is it about petty details that makes these I-remember-when-Britain-had-police-that's-why-I-live-in-Spain types think help them mock that which they are wishing to deride? Okay, so someone wasn't allowed on a bus with a tin of paint, think of that what you like. But if you hear that it's a £3.75 can of non-toxic green fence paint, do you think "oh, I see now, it's ridiculous, what a jobsworth, it was a £3.75 tin of paint, that's clearly ludicrous in a way that I wouldn't have seen was I not told the price, along with other non-pertinent details"? I don't think the author of the news in question is necessarily of that bent, I think they were just picking up on the way such things are normally reported. People don't attempt to bolster just anything they want you to disapprove of with this strategy. They don't think "I'll mention that the murderer wore a bottle green sports jacket, Lee jeans with a 32 inch waist and 29 leg and size eleven Clarks shoes with little tassels, then they'll see what a bad man he is". No, they include petty details when they are trying to make something seem more petty. It's a sort of trick, a disingenuous sleight of hand, some sort of stylistic and/or rhetorical equivalent of a fallacy, I don't know what you'd call it, or if there is a name for it. Let me know if you know, or I might try to find out.
It looks to me like the tone was set by the 'victim', who is clearly well-acquainted with pettiness. "It was a five-litre sealed plastic pot. I know it was innocuous because I took the liberty of contacting the manufacturer" he said. And even better, "it makes me feel like my human rights have been violated." Get a grip, Brian Wakley! It seems to have come from the Press Association, based on my research of other newses. But the Dorset Echo, for this is a Dorset news, does even better in their coverage. Not only do we hear about the price, colour and purpose of the paint, but we are told that it was bought in the In Excess DIY store in Ashley Road, Parkstone, which makes all the difference, I'm sure you'll agree. Actually, I think I'm clouding matters here, as that's not the same thing, it's just local news doing what local news does. They don't mention things like that to make a story seem more petty. They use a silly posed photograph for that. They just mention them because that's what they do. And what sort of name for a DIY store is In Excess anyway? I might think a troublemaker was coming onto my bus, from a DIY store with a name like that. In that one he said "I took the liberty of phoning up the paint company and spoke to the customer relations department" - he seems to be the sort of person who is in the habit of using phrases like 'I took the liberty of', and even better, in this one he said “nobody has got any common sense.” Ah-ha-ha, Brian Wakley, you just admitted you haven't got any common sense.
Maybe there's something else going on. Maybe it's some sort of subliminal punting of the number 375. It could be a creative promotion by 375 Creative, a communications agency based in Bristol, which is quite near to Dorset. Or perhaps it's part of a campaign to raise awareness of Harshad numbers. It's not very good if that's what it is, no-one's going to get that.
Wait a minute! I just checked, and the company he's complaining about, Transdev Yellow Buses, doesn't go anywhere near where Brian Wakley lives! He needed to get two buses, and all the suggestions I saw on the journey planner I looked at suggested that most of the time the Wilts & Dorset company would have been the people to get him into Poole bus station then out to where he lives! And sure enough, the original Press Association story, as carried unaltered by Google has, after the bit with Brian Wakley (who had, by the way, said he was over 65 and described himself as a pensioner) said he felt like his human rights had been violated, the line "Yellow Bus said that, as the service stops at Poole, Mr Wakley would have needed a second bus to complete his journey in any case." Funny that none of the newses that rewrote the story mentioned that, eh?
If you want a good laugh, look at the comments from all the good sheeple of Dorset, always eager to be angry at whatever they're told to.
Frank2010, Poole says...
4:11pm Sat 13 Feb 10
Political correctness gone mad.
Its sad pathetic people like the driver of that bus that encourages all the do-gooders and their PC ideas!
that's all from me for now
see you around
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