Sunday, March 11, 2007

Premium service

Well the Big Brother investigation is over,it barely made page 29 of the Mail.

It was decided the behaviour was 'offensive not racist'. A sensible conclusion but sensible does not sell papers.

On the issue of trying to sell

The Mail On Sunday did decide to put a double page spread on the latest 'innocent' alleging poor treatment by the police down in Norwich.
This is more of a news editor stoking the fire of an old story with whatever fresh kindling they can find.. anywhere.
Again a carefully sanitized story in terms of the victim.Lets see how this one develops. It certainly doesn't tick the Race card, so the usual following pack might be short of a few numbers.

Sorry back to the point I was trying to make.

At its height,the Big Brother furore was mentioned in the House. I understand the latest matter of national importance to be debated was the 'abuse' regarding the premium phone line call-ins to so called Quiz shows on TV

I mean the country is going to hell in a bucket in so many different ways and this is all they can talk about!

Sorry wandering again...

You know the type of Shows I mean
They usually start by pitching a Question to gain access to the show. Its hardly a 'filtering exercise' with questions like

An hour is divided into 60 parts. What is each part called?
b Minime
c Minnie Mouse

Actually I might have set the bar a bit too high with that one... but you get the idea.

Its purpose is to sucker as many people as possible,to call premium rate lines and keep them on the 'hook' for as long as possible to gain maximum revenue.
The chances of winning, whilst vaguely there, is slight and the prizes not exactly life enhancing.

The whole edifice of these type of shows is now crumbling.. hurrah you might think. Sadly for the police there is a possibility we might have to step in and try and establish if there was some form of 'criminal intent/fraudulent intent/conspiracy...

On the off-chance I find myself caught up in dealing with the potential rush of aggrieved punters.... as a contingency.... I am developing my own strategy to deal with a Premium rate Quiz line allegation.

In the interests of making them feel at ease with the complaint I am drafting my own screening Question.

One of the 'proper' functions of the Police is to
1. Prevent and detect crime
2. Be a 24 hour 'life coach'
3. Be an on call relationship counsellor

That should filter out quite a few.

Those that remain will be invited in to the Station.

I will then greet them, take them to a side room and promptly ask for their name address and a day/evening phone number.

I would then go up to the canteen and have a cup of tea and wait for twenty minutes.

I would then return, take a very brief statement and offer a cheery, positive opinion that they have every chance of getting through to the next round.

After enquiries, I then call them in two weeks and say that they have been unsuccessful. The Editors (CPS ) decision is final.

Customer focused.. its the way forward.


Blogger blueknight said...

Always difficult to arrest a woman who wants to fight. It's good if you can grab a wrist, as theyare usually smaller and weaker than a man's and susceptible to pain from twisting or squeezing the joint area where the quickcuff is supposed to go. If you walk twist and pull they are in too much pain not to follow...

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