November 09, 2005

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White Trash Wednesday

The UK has what is called an anti-social behaviour order, which is kind of like a restraining order but broader in its applicability:

. . .is a civil order made against a person who has been shown to have engaged in conduct which caused or was likely to cause alarm, harassment or distress to one or more persons not of the same household as himself (or herself) and where an ASBO is necessary to protect relevant persons from further anti-social acts by the Defendant.

Interestingly (and most relevantly for today's topic), the Wikipedia article goes on to say

ASBOs are often linked with the chav or ned stereotype.
Digging a litle further, Wikipedia describes Chavs as
Chav is popular slang term that originated in England but is now used throughout the United Kingdom. It is usually used in a derogatory fashion, referring to a subcultural stereotype of a person with:
  • fashions such as flashy "bling" jewellery and/or counterfeit designer clothes (particularly Burberry);
  • a tendency to congregate around places such as fast-food outlets or other shopping areas;
  • a culture of antisocial behaviour.
In the past such people have been called yobs.
Interestingly (again, and again most relevantly for today's topic), this Wikipedia article goes on to say
. . . "chav" has similarities to American terms such as "white trash" and "trailer trash . . .."

So it seems reasonable to expect that your everyday Chav would be familiar - perhaps too familiar - with the concept of ASBOs. But I'm willing to bet that this is the first case of a misworded ASBO resulting in a license to par-TAY:

A teenager has been given an Asbo ordering him to get drunk in a court blunder

The error was only noticed when the 15-year-old ended up in front of magistrates again for an alleged breach of the conditions.

Magistrates heard the youngster, who cannot be named, was technically breaking the law if he was found walking the streets of a quiet market town without alcohol.

The order also required him to use threatening behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to members of the public in Alnwick, Northumberland.

The Asbo - issued last February after a string of complaints - reads 'without' rather than 'with', reports the Daily Mirror.

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Posted by Chris at November 9, 2005 01:01 PM

Category: White Trash Wednesday
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