March 29, 2006

White Trash International Case Study 2: Adolescent Female Chav

White Trash Wednesday

(Case Study 1 is here.)

The Wikipedia entry for Chav says this:

Chav is a slang term which has been in wide use throughout the United Kingdom since 2004. It refers to a subcultural stereotype of a person with fashions such as flashy "bling" jewellery and counterfeit designer clothes or sportswear, an uneducated, uncultured, impoverished background, a tendency to congregate around places such as fast-food outlets, bus stops, or other shopping areas, and a culture of antisocial behavior.

But enough theory. Let's see an application:

CHAV thug Leanne Black hurls eggs at newsmen yesterday before going berserk in a courtroom.

The obnoxious 14-year-old, who became Britain's youngest drink-driver when she was 12, was hauled before magistrates for being boozed-up at the wheel AGAIN.

The schoolgirl, wearing a white tracksuit, Burberry-style scarf and lots of fake bling, arrived armed with a box of eggs. She threw some at reporters, then pelted a TV crew as a man accompanying her punched a photographer in the face.

In court later Black, branded a "vicious little cow" by neighbours, screamed when she was told she would be locked up. She leaped from the dock, then:
  • PUNCHED prosecutor Lesley Gilmore in the back.
  • THREW a two-litre jug of water over the magistrates and their clerk.
  • KICKED furniture over as she sprinted around cowering probation officers.
  • SWEPT anything she could get her hands on from desks, and
  • YELLED abuse at the shocked JPs and court staff as she was finally grabbed and dragged off.

But how did she come to be in court?

Yesterday the youth court in Newbury, Berks, heard how the teenager swigged cans of beer at a pal’s house before driving off in her dad Maurice’s Vauxhall Corsa.

Her parents called police when they realised she was missing.

Cops found the girl at Newbury’s YMCA, where her sister Lilly lived, and collared her. Mrs Gilmore said: "Her response to arrest is concerning. She told the officer, "What the f*** do you lot want, for f***'s sake?"; She told the officer to "f*** off"".

The JPs heard how Black did exactly the same 14 months before. Then, she was banned from the road for two years; a technicality as she cannot drive legally until she is 17 . . ..

And here's the punch line, serving as another reminder that the justice system in the UK doesn't quite work like ours does:

She was also given another technical three-year driving ban. Any such ban comes into force immediately and cannot be “held over” until a youth reaches the legal driving age of 17.
So she's banned from doing something that she can't legally do until she's 17 anyway; moreover, when she turns 17, the three-year ban will be up and it's look out, motorists!

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Posted by Chris at March 29, 2006 12:43 PM

Category: White Trash Wednesday

I know this young man personally, he was not directly involved in the killing, and did not take part in eating anypart of the cow

Posted by: Megan at April 2, 2006 05:16 PM

I'm betting you saw it when it made the rounds a couple of years ago, but just in case ...

Posted by: Steve at April 20, 2006 09:50 AM

Nope, hadn't seen it (or the other one, either). Nice.

Posted by: Chris of Dangerous Logic at April 20, 2006 12:11 PM