Cub Scout leader and student Kathleen Jennings, 19, has recently been hauled to the Magistrates. Her crime? Placing her feet on a train seat. Thankfully, the Magistrates all but laughed the case out of court, and she has an unblemished record.
The relief caused her to burst into tears – which should tell you something about this girl. Rather than being a criminal, she just did what most of us have done from time to time – temporarily forgetting manners and good behaviour.
Luckily, in this case, the law remembered that there are no such things as good and bad people, but merely people who are mainly good and those who are mainly bad. Had a mainly bad person done what she did, then zero tolerance is often the answer. But for jobsworths to pick on the mainly good can be a sure route to eventually making them think, why bother?
© Anthony North, September 2007
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