No Evidence Required…

Bin men working for Kingston Council have been suspended after…

They spilled the rubbish all over the street? They ran over a taxpayer?

… a 13-year-old girl claimed they blew kisses and wolf-whistled at her.

Ah. And is there any substance to those claims? Are we even allowed to ask, or should we just accept her word, like her father has?

The girl’s father said: “At the time of the incident, this caused her alarm, panic and distress and she immediately contacted me on my mobile.

“This in turn caused me stress, anger and panic because I was travelling to work and helpless at a time when she felt she needed me most.”

Oh, man up! Are we really supposed to swallow this?

A spokesman for Veolia, the council contractor employing the men, said: “We have been made aware of these incidents (Ed: surely the term is ‘allegations’?) and have acted swiftly to identify those involved, who have now been suspended pending our disciplinary process.

“We expect our staff to act as ambassadors for the company and the council and we are reminding all employees of their responsibilities.

“We would like to apologise for any distress these incidents have caused.”

Are you going to apologise for jumping the gun and hugely overreacting if this is not proven?

13 comments for “No Evidence Required…

  1. ivan
    October 10, 2014 at 9:24 am

    So far it appears that no one has asked the simple question ‘what was she doing at the time that provoked the alleged response’. The answer to that might be rather enlightening.

  2. October 10, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I have some experience of bin men my ex was one and I have never known of or heard of a bin man behaving in such a way…. unless provoked by some totty making comments to them first and even then most of these guys are decent men just doing a day’s work and having a laugh between themselves.
    Whilst it is possible it’s unlikely, and I would also add when I was a young girl you could not walk past a building site without wolf whistle and other lascivious comments.
    These days at 13 girls are not as modest as when I was young, many of them don’t look 13 but a lot older.
    Not saying she did but she could have led them on, and they would not know she was only 13.
    Seems unfair they have been suspended on just her say so, with no witnesses.

  3. Miss Chips
    October 10, 2014 at 10:46 am

    It’s long been the case in schools that a child’s unsupported allegation can (and often does) automatically lead to the suspension of the adult concerned; when it comes to children, the general assumption seems to be ‘guilty until proven innocent’.

    This story simply demonstrates the extension of that principle to all public employees and possibly beyond; now children (and parents) know they have the power, no one’s job is truly safe.

  4. Ed P
    October 10, 2014 at 11:28 am

    The article says they blew kisses and wolf-whistled at her, but then goes on to describe this as “making lewd gestures” A good example of escalating a harmless bit of nonsense into something more serious?

  5. October 10, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    But… but…. women (especially little women) don’t EVER make up such things. When they are traumatised by some ‘MAN !! ™ they are TRAUMATISED. Get it? If you show even a raised eyebrow you are BEAST who is just piling trauma upon trauma. And woe betide a dad who does not emulate the distress shown. If he doesn’t he is an uncaring ‘MAN !!!’ ™ and very likey an emotional abuser. Better take out an AVO against him, just in case.

    And that’s ALL women. Any woman who dares to raise an eyebrow is a lackey of the Patriarchy ™ and not a real woman at all. Ask any feminist.

  6. October 10, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Wonder if the council would have suspended them if they’d been moslems accused of child rape?

  7. Viscount Rectum
    October 10, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    More proof Political Correctness is there to humiliate the English

  8. Viscount Rectum
    October 11, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Time now to check out that coporate monster that is Veolia, what is it ? .

  9. Major Bonkers
    October 11, 2014 at 11:34 am

    [Part 2] …A spokesperson from Slater & Moron, solicitors acting for the young girl and her father, said: ‘This horrifying incident has severely traumatised an innocent young person, causing untold psychological distress, and negatively impacted on the family concerned – the claimant’s mother, after having been informed of the situation, stated, ‘Christ, I need a drink!’, and then exceeded her government-recommended daily allowance. It is a measure of how serious the event was that the claimant’s language almost exactly mirrors the language of the Public Order Act, 1986, which criminalises behaviour causing ‘harassment, alarm or distress’. Given these circumstances, I am pleased to report that insurers acting for Veolia have settled the claim with substantial damages being paid to our client, together with their (considerable) legal costs.’

  10. Furor Teutonicus
    October 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Lack of moral fibre.

    My “Sister” had this in the 70s and 80s. (15 to 20 years old, or so)

    Her response?

    “You do not earn enough in a year to afford me for an hour you fucking wanker!”

    Run to the papers was the LAST thing on her mind.

    Grow some fucking BALLS….. or whatever girlies do these days.

    • mona
      October 11, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      They play with them.

  11. Joe Public
    October 11, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Why does the 13-year old flatter herself and presume the compliments were aimed at her?

  12. David
    October 13, 2014 at 8:43 am

    A friend of ours in her early thirties visited from South America a few years ago. After a few days she asked my wife if there was anything wrong with her appearance, as not a single man had said anything to her in the street at all.

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