Originally Posted by John Kennett
Fair enough, I did ask for suggestions! It doesn't actually tell me what the problem is though. ?
Sorry for not replying sooner, I've been traveling/working recently and not had many opportunities to reply using a proper PC having only my phone as an option.
I hate typing long(ish) messages from my phone, As time moves on, the size of my fingers and the size of my phones seem to be inversely proportional!
I think part of the problem that I see can be summarised by sticking with the pub analogy...
So, Your in the pub (The RN Arms??) drinking and having a chat. Many of the people in the pub are locals who, although generally friendly, see a lot of "grockles" come and go on a daily basis. The touriss rarely give cause for concern but admittedly the locals do get a bit tired of having the same conversation with them over and over again.
Every so often though, one of the tourists (or locals for that matter) starts taking the piss out of the type of car one of the grockles (or regulars) is driving. This degenerates into a slagging match until one of the regulars not involved in the argument discretely text messages the local bobby.
The plod soon turns up to calm things down but is greeted by cheers, jokes and general familiar banter from the locals as he walks through the door, after all, they've known him for a long time as he too is a "local".
The copper sorts things out, and in all fairness does it in a professional and unbiased manner however throughout the event, sarcastic (but funny) comments are exchanged between copper and Mollers...oops, I mean "locals"
loitering in the background. This wrongly makes all the other tourists visiting the pub believe the local copper is acting in favour of his "local" mates even though he has in fact done the right thing and actually behaved quite responsibly.
The word then spreads that PC Wilk (
) is somehow bent and turns a blind eye to the plight of the poor tourists who only pass by every so often.
(Of course, you have to feel for the poor tourist who gets into a scrape on the day that PC Poly is on duty!!....
So how do you cure this?...., the only way I can see is to rotate the bobby's every so often. (hence my comments about a maximum term in power)
I think the pub itself (IMHO) has gotten a bit of a reputation as being a "local's pub" and although its well managed and the cider tastes good, many people tend to come in and sip their pints quietly in the corner all the time eavesdropping on the conversations had by the regulars.
One thing I particularly like about this pub is that the big screen TV up on the wall showing Sky sports news is actually in a separate room to the bar allowing the more "refined" visitors a chance to engage in proper adult conversation!!
Did ANY of this actually make sense??