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(Telegraph)   Right, miss - what's all this, then? People called Britons they go the hopscotch? That's vandalism, that is   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 30
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2013-05-09 08:39:37 AM
That seems rather odd, policeman drove up and said to the girl "that's criminal damage that is", then drove off, and no one knows who they are?
 
2013-05-09 08:39:46 AM
Wow. Straight lines, kid. Do you know how to draw?

That hopscotch outline is terrible.

Jeez.
 
2013-05-09 08:41:14 AM
What's this, then? "Romanes eunt domus"? People called Romanes, they go, the house?
 
2013-05-09 08:41:23 AM
Yeah - cause maybe it's not the fact it's IN THE MIDDLE of one lane of a double yellow lines road and all
 
2013-05-09 08:42:59 AM

Slaxl: That seems rather odd, policeman drove up and said to the girl "that's criminal damage that is", then drove off, and no one knows who they are?


Well, the main witness is a little girl, who might not remember their names or be particularly good with their description.

Also, if this is turning into a public complaint and media embarrassment  I'd say the officers involved may be trying to shut up about doing it.  If there was no paper trail of it (i.e. not a written warning or report of the incident) and they hadn't told anybody about it, they might be trying to just walk away from it.
 
2013-05-09 08:43:49 AM
Couldn't they just go to the camera footage and find out?
 
2013-05-09 08:49:35 AM
It is understood that police were today "trying to establish" which officers may have spoken to the girl. "We cannot currently trace any car being in the area at the time," one source told The Daily Telegraph.

A Kent Police spokesman said in a statement: "We are trying to trace the officers, who are reported to have made this comment. "From the circumstances described, it would not appear to have been necessary to advise the young girl that chalking a hopscotch grid may be criminal damage and illegal."


Sounds like either:

A) Kid is making this up.
B) Someone pretending to be a cop was messing with the kid
C) A couple of cops were joking about and the girl thought they were being serious.
 
2013-05-09 08:50:33 AM
She's a lot younger than I thought, wasn't her first album released about five years ago?

1.bp.blogspot.com

/hot, so hot...
 
2013-05-09 08:55:59 AM
Who are the Britons?
 
2013-05-09 08:57:24 AM

gambitsgirl: Yeah - cause maybe it's not the fact it's IN THE MIDDLE of one lane of a double yellow lines road and all


It is not a road (it might be a bike path as well as pedestrian walkway I guess).
 
2013-05-09 09:01:39 AM

whipbambucket: Who are the Britons?


content7.flixster.com

"Well, we all are.  We are all Britons, and I am your King."
 
2013-05-09 09:10:51 AM
Doesn't surprise me. A few years ago a well-known chain store (which for some reason had to change a letter in its name when it opened a UK division; damned if I know why) got hit with legal action for washing some paving stones.
 
2013-05-09 09:33:42 AM
In addition to being vandalism, "hopscotch" is derogatory to the Scottish, so they should add hate crime to the list of charges.

//i made up the hate crime part.   but it probably isn't much of a stretch in this story.
 
2013-05-09 09:33:42 AM

Silverstaff: whipbambucket: Who are the Britons?

[content7.flixster.com image 244x270]

"Well, we all are.  We are all Britons, and I am your King."


'Well, I didn't vote for you.'
 
2013-05-09 09:37:19 AM
Can't Lilly Allen step up and hook little Lilly Allen up with some free concert tickets to resolve this injustice?
 
2013-05-09 09:41:14 AM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Silverstaff: whipbambucket: Who are the Britons?

[content7.flixster.com image 244x270]

"Well, we all are.  We are all Britons, and I am your King."

'Well, I didn't vote for you.'


You don't vote for king!
 
2013-05-09 10:12:26 AM
So is it illegal or not?
 
2013-05-09 10:17:29 AM

whipbambucket: Lt. Cheese Weasel: Silverstaff: whipbambucket: Who are the Britons?

[content7.flixster.com image 244x270]

"Well, we all are.  We are all Britons, and I am your King."

'Well, I didn't vote for you.'

You don't vote for king!


How did you become king then?
 
2013-05-09 10:28:49 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Wow. Straight lines, kid. Do you know how to draw?

That hopscotch outline is terrible.

Jeez.


Hey, that's Xtreme Hopscotch! It's a perfectly cromulent zone!
 
2013-05-09 10:36:19 AM

Carn: whipbambucket: Lt. Cheese Weasel: Silverstaff: whipbambucket: Who are the Britons?

[content7.flixster.com image 244x270]

"Well, we all are.  We are all Britons, and I am your King."

'Well, I didn't vote for you.'

You don't vote for king!

How did you become king then?


My mom shagged some German half-breed and a few years later a guy in a funny had spashed oil on my face and told me that I was in charge, now.
 
2013-05-09 10:41:23 AM

Carn: whipbambucket: Lt. Cheese Weasel: Silverstaff: whipbambucket: Who are the Britons?

[content7.flixster.com image 244x270]

"Well, we all are.  We are all Britons, and I am your King."

'Well, I didn't vote for you.'

You don't vote for king!

How did you become king then?


The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. That is why I am your King.
 
2013-05-09 10:49:21 AM
Silverstaff:The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. That is why I am your King.

Blimey, you mean I went to all the trouble of pulling this Excalibur out of the stone and I'm not really your King? I have some words for that old man Merlin.
 
2013-05-09 10:53:14 AM

Silverstaff: Carn: whipbambucket: Lt. Cheese Weasel: Silverstaff: whipbambucket: Who are the Britons?

[content7.flixster.com image 244x270]

"Well, we all are.  We are all Britons, and I am your King."

'Well, I didn't vote for you.'

You don't vote for king!

How did you become king then?

The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. That is why I am your King.


Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.
 
2013-05-09 11:12:12 AM
I wonder if the cops were joking? Little kids aren't the best at understanding inflection from adults. I find it hard to believe the cops were serious if nothing was issued in writing.
 
2013-05-09 11:27:11 AM
You know what the worse part is? That the article writer feels compelled to explain what hopscotch is.

/Jeez....
 
2013-05-09 01:09:00 PM
Dickheads the same the world over.
 
2013-05-09 01:37:36 PM
Caught sayof?
 
2013-05-09 02:43:51 PM

big pig peaches: I wonder if the cops were joking? Little kids aren't the best at understanding inflection from adults. I find it hard to believe the cops were serious if nothing was issued in writing.


I'm going with this line of thought as well.

CSB: Experienced a similar incident a few years ago while visiting my sister's house for my nephew's birthday. Kids were playing outside, some drawing on the sidewalk with chalk, when my cousin (local sheriff's deputy) stopped by in his patrol car during a break to say happy birthday. He decided to have fun with the kids and told them they would get arrested for graffiti because of the chalk drawings. He wasn't even in 'cop mode', just talking casually and smiling.

Most of the kids knew who he was or picked up that he was joking but one little boy (my nephew's newest friend) took him seriously and started bawling and apologizing. My cousin felt terrible until he could get the kid to understand that it was meant as a joke.

Kid's dad got grumpy about it and started making noises about filing police brutality charges until the kid's mom spoke up and said "No wonder Bobby didn't see the joke, he inherited your terrible sense of humor."
 
2013-05-09 02:56:08 PM
Okay, who thought that the guy explaining the joke was either smart or funny? You people should be ashamed of yourselves.
 
2013-05-10 02:31:16 AM

I'm no expert but...: You know what the worse part is? That the article writer feels compelled to explain what hopscotch is.

/Jeez....


Or that the dad, Robert Allen, is called "Bob."

/sheesh
 
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