Proud to be British

Reminds me of the local corner shop when I was a kid. Run by a widow, the shop opened during the permitted hours - 08:00-17:30 Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, 08:00-13:00 Wed and Sat. If you desperately needed something outside these hours, you could knock on the back door and would sometimes be given it, but would have to pay (with a tip) next time the shop opened. The shop was spotless.

The first asians arrived in the area in the late 60s or thereabouts and converted a house into a shop by the simple expedient of knocking out the front window. They had not applied for planning permission. They received a court summons, but did not turn up, later citing that they did not speak english and therefore did not understand the implication of the summons.

They were subsequently escorted to court, where they did a deaf/mute impression, again claiming not to speak english. The judge told them off, but no further action was taken.

The shop opened at 07:00 and closed at 23:00, seven days a week. The owners were taken to court for exceeding the permitted hours. They were told off, no other action being taken, and continued to trade 07:00-23:00.

The widow in the other shop, seeing that she was losing trade, increased her opening hours. She was taken to court, fined, and a copper regularly visited to ensure that the shop was closed at the correct times.

The asian shop seemed to have no care for hygiene. It had no shelves, all the products being laid out on the floor. This would be bad enough, but they also had a guard dog that regularly marked it's territory on the produce. There was no fridge or chiller - meat products were laid out on the counter for days on end. (The shop was close to an abattoir and didn't lack for flies).

The widow decided to follow the legal route and complained about the hygiene standards in the asian shop. The asian shop was not visited by the health officials, but her shop was - on a weekly basis. She had a pet poodle (horrid thing) that was not allowed into the shop area. The health officials ordered that it had to go.

This was the end. She sold the shop to an english bloke and retired.

The english bloke didn't reopen the shop, though. It turned out that he was a hired front-man who bought the shop on behalf of the brother of the asian shop owner.

In summary, the asian shop could flout any regulations it wished because the authorities were frustrated with dealing with people who professed to speak no english (no interpreters in those days),while concentrating on the soft target.
Good story msr...
Sad story putteesinmyhands....
I have nothing against anyone (race, colour, creed) becoming successful in this country so long as its within the legal structure of this country.
Our laws are being flouted more today than they were yesterday. A sad indictment of crippled judiciary, a PC police force and no-one with the gonads to do anything about it!
Very off topic but did you check out Amin title??!! 8O 8O
His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea, and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular (and also, curiously, King of Scotland)
Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea..... righttt. It must had been one heck of a spliff or drinking sess to come up with that mouthful.
Damn and I thought me wanting to call myself Darth Bauer when I finally rule my own country/island/the world was inspired

But on a serious note why don't we go and fight these people to protect commonwealth citizens etc rather than say Iraq, which frankly had a lot of fcuk all to do with us...

Doesn't Uganda have any oil then?

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