Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Corporate graffiti - update

As we all suspected, BFBC are too afraid of big, bad McDonalds to prosecute them for graffiti or defacing public property.  Instead, they're just going to take the signs down, and nothing more will be said.  But you see, there's the problem.  If the council don't inform McDonalds, and warn them not to do it again, then what use is the councils policy?  Why does McDonalds get away with defacing public property, but the spotty youth in a hoodie gets an ASBO?  Another shining example of the council having two rules - one for the taxpayer, and another for the corporates.

Here's their response to my FoI request.  Another has been submitted to understand the councils responsibilities in this matter, and the update will be posted here!

FoI response from Bracknell Forest Borough Council

More public servant slacking off!

This one taken in Lloyds bank in Bracknell.  PCSO 9891 taking time out while on duty to perform his personal banking.  Is this what we're paying them to do?  Why is it that these people think it's OK to conduct their personal business while at work, while the rest of us have to do it in our own free time?  A complaint has been submitted - response will be posted here!

PCSO 9891 slacking off while being paid by you and I...

More Elf and Safety muppets....

This one taken at the Fairford Air Tattoo - note the 'Health and Safety Team' written on the back of the yellow jacket, and lack of cycle helmet, just a cap on the handlebars.  More proof of jobsworths telling us how to behave, but having no idea themselves - morons!

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Corporate graffiti?

So there I was, walking into Bracknell town centre for some lunch, and I spotted something odd - signs promoting McDonalds, secured onto the railings above one of the underpasses - on public property.  Shouldn't this be done in the proper way by paying for advertising space in a position that's approved for that purpose, rather than littering our public spaces with corporate logos? (Click on the pics to enlarge)

Has this been approved by the council, and if it has, how much are McDonalds paying for the privilege?  If this isn't the case, then this is corporate vandalism, and McDonalds should foot the bill to have someone remove it.  In fact, if this was graffiti or posters promoting a gig for example, and the perpetrator was caught, we'd expect a conviction for criminal damage (Bill Stickers is innocent!).  Can we expect the same when it's a big multi-national corporation?  I'd put money on them being asked to remove the signs with no prosecution for defacing public property (the council are far too scared of taking on a big scary corporation, even though this would be the correct and fair course of action).

Inevitably, I can't just leave it there, so a FoI request has gone in to Bracknell Forest Borough Council to find out if McDonalds have permission to put these signs up, what they are paying if they do, and what will happen if they don't!  I'll publish their response right here...