Social media decides the law

So, a man who wears a tasteless T-shirt to the pub is arrested AND CHARGED with a public order offence because some stupid bitch on Twitter decided she was offended by it and therefore EVERYBODY else MUST be offended, ergo the man must burn in hell.

Paul Grange, pictured right, wore the T-shirt to his local pub and was snapped by some busy-body with fuck all else to do.

He was subsequently asked to the leave the pub, meanwhile said busy-body flooded Twitter and Facebook with the image, telling everyone he had to be arrested.

Now, I have a few issues with this whole scenario:

  • What if the T-shirt never actually existed?  Someone has taken a picture of a mans back, then somehow managed to (dead casual, like) take a picture of his face.  Right, fair enough.  BUT what if the picture was actually photoshopped?  Did the Police actually take the T-shirt from his house when they went to arrest him?  I don't know.  I contacted the relevant Police force but they declined to comment.  I didn't pursue it any further in case I "fell down the stairs".

    Where is the evidence of the actual T-shirt?  If it hasn't been retrieved there is a case here to suggest that it's possible to photoshop an offensive, racist, homophobic etc. slogan on a picture and suggest it is a particular person.  Offend enough dickheads on the internet and you can get someone lifted by the plod.

    Could it happen?  I reckon it could.
  • Is wearing an item of clothing with supposed offensive writing or markings actually a criminal offence?  Having spoken to a legal expert it appears it "could be covered under a Public Order Offence but never would be".
  • It seems the law is governed not by the laws set out by the State but by retweets, shares and how loud people shout.  So what is the point of having laws or indeed a Police Force?

As I've mentioned before, the Police go for the quick wins, the low hanging fruit, if you will.  I don't mean your testicles but you never know.

Now, before you start calling me all sorts of names allow me state my view.

This T-shirt is tasteless, the guy is a clearly a colossal dick-pivot to not only have a T-shirt with such writing on BUT to also go out in public with it on.

He's a massive bunglecunt.

But a T-shirt is a T-shirt, you can't commit a crime by WEARING an item of clothing.

Except maybe this.

I have a real issue with social media deciding what is a crime or isn't.

And what if it was a different football disaster?  Hillsborough is never off TV, it seems the scousers don't want to let it lie.  People died, let them rest in peace instead of constantly digging it up.

What if the T-shirt has something "supposedly" witty about Bradford's fire or Manchester United's Munich disaster?

I can guarantee you nothing would have happened.

Should Liverpool fans be deciding that something is a crime because they might be offended by it?  You can't simply MAKE something a crime because you're offended by it, it has to actually break a law.  You can't just shoehorn it into an offence just because a load of sheep on social media shared it or said they were disgusted.

And if we're going to go down the route of getting people shopped by slogans then why do things like this go unpunished?

Why isn't this guy in prison?  What's the difference?

Did the "Offend-o-meter" not register highly enough for this but a T-shirt about a football disaster is worse than paedophilia?


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