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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Social responsibility

"Pressure group Cymuned (Welsh for communities) believes holiday homes should not account for more than 5% of any community's housing stock.
It wants VAT added to the price of second homes, council tax raised at 200% on each property and says planning permission should be required before a permanent dwelling can become a holiday home"

Doesn't that sound remarkably like my Utopian World post on second home ownership?

Maybe some parts of the world are moving in the right direction:-) I don't think I'll be moving to Taffland quite yet though;-)

Being off work at the moment, we were quite disturbed to see how many school age children were wandering around town, visiting leisure facilities and generally going about life as though school didn't even exist. We decided to make use of Friday afternoon, and went to the local cinema to watch the new Bond film - we thought it would be more polite to hack our guts up during a quiet afternoon showing than a busy Friday night;-) Aggie mentioned the numbers of youngsters going in to the guy selling the tickets, who just shrugged & said he didn't know how old they were and why should he care anyway?

That attitude really pissed me off, so I pointed out that they were obviously school age as he had just sold them childrens tickets! And he should care because he could be aiding and abetting a criminal act. He looked a bit worried by that & called his manager over. The manager was even less interested, and said it wasn't anything to do with him who used his facility, and how was he to know if kids should be at school or if they were legitimately off. Aggie suggested phoning the school, which he grudgingly agreed to do when we said otherwise we would consider phoning the police.

The cinema obviously has school age children using their facility reglarly, and have made a corporate decision to "turn a blind eye" to this. To the extent, that when we left the cinema they asked for our names & addresses to "keep on file" - I assume as troublemakers!

A few years ago there was a big push for the community to be involved in truancy, and to report where children where. That campaign has obviously passed Odeon Cinema's by completely. But more to the point, how many times have you heard people moaning about the kids of today, and when we were young, any adult would give a child a clip rpund the ear and all that? Yet the cinema staff (and a number of people queueing) acted as though Aggie was the criminal in suggesting adults should check up on children roaming the streets in the middle of a winters afternoon.

So much for social responsibility & community action!


  • At Sunday, November 26, 2006 11:54:00 am, Blogger craziequeen said…

    Social Responsibility is now called 'interfering'......

    I still remember being castigated by a woman for grabbing her toddler by his dungaree straps before he ran into traffic......she accused me of interfering and 'touching' her son....

    So, do we resolutely continue to be socially responsible or do we shut our eyes to the world around us...?


  • At Sunday, November 26, 2006 12:44:00 pm, Anonymous Dave said…

    Don't agree with the first paragraph but couldn't agree more with the rest. Good for you and Mr A.
    It was a great film as well, bit overlong, could have been perhaps 2 hours rather 2 1/2?

  • At Sunday, November 26, 2006 6:13:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The cinema staff sound a bit pathetic, I don't blame you for being annoyed with them.

    I suppose (being charitable) as it was a Friday it could JUST have been an INSET day - I know they don't happen that often (5 a year) but when they do they are generally on Fri or Mon. Funny story - about a month ago in Romford they decided to do a big truancy sweep so the EWOs and the police went to Romford town centre and started picking up schoolkids who were wandering around. Turned out that nearly all the local schools that day were having an INSET day so the kids were a bit miffed at being accused of bunking off when they knew they had the day off legitimately!

    Our local secondary just had to close to children for a week because they had just moved into their new buildings and the windows started to fall out - so on Health & Safety grounds they had to close to check all the windows. Doh.

    Kate (primary school teacher in London)

  • At Sunday, November 26, 2006 7:01:00 pm, Blogger Juggling Mother said…

    Hi Kate - I do understand they could have been off school legitimately for all sorts of reasons. It was the cinema's attitude of "so what" taht really annoyed me. How much effort would it really take to ask which school they attend & give that school a ring?

    When I worked in the leisure industry, not only did I take it upon myself to get the dates of all school holidays and inset days locally, but also to check each time a school age child came in unaccompanied during school time (or very late at night come to that). Unsurprisingly, we didn't have that many truants using our facility, even though we were open 365 days a year, 7am-11pm, and were nice and warm:-) If everyone did that, there would be far less truancy & generally a better community all round!


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