Last year, I read about an incident in a water park in the United Kingdom.
A father took his kids to the park so they could frolic in the cool and refreshing waves. When the children said they wanted to hurl themselves down the water slide, the proud father decided that this would be a perfect opportunity for some action photos of the apples of his eye.
He positioned himself at the end of the slide, camera at the ready, only to face a muttering and hostile crowd that apparently wanted to lynch him then and there!
The justification for the violence was that he must be a pedophile. After all, what other reason would a grown man have of snapping shots of young children in swimwear? The explanation that he was only photographing his own progeny were rejected out of hand. What else would child molesters say to escape just punishment when the righteous crowd gets their blood up?
Lucky for all concerned, the police were notified by someone in the mob. A police officer arriving at the scene averted any ugly actions.
Unfortunately, I cannot now find the online article to prove to my readers in the United States that such a ridiculous incident actually occurred. It seems unbelievable, that such a climate of suspicion and paranoia can actually exist in Old Blighty. I wouldn’t blame you one bit if you thought that I was simply writing as fact a bad comedy I once viewed on cable TV, or some uncomfortable dream I once had where everyone around me turned into bizarre and violent zombies.
But such an environment of hatred and prejudice is all too prevalent in Great Britain, and simply scanning the online news article from that country proves it to be so with appalling regularity.
British Airways refuses to allow males to sit next to children they don’t know on their aircraft. Mom or Dad are seated on the other side of the child, less than one foot away and keeping an eye on their kids? Doesn’t matter, the potential child rapist must be moved. I suppose the idea is to remove any tempting prey from the reach of depraved scum. Depraved scum like a random man who just happens to be flying on a commercial flight where children are also traveling.
An 82-year-old woman was banned by authorities from photographing an empty kiddie wading pool. The reason given was that taking a picture of an empty concrete hole with water in it proved that she might be a pedophile! Because children have splashed around in the pool in the past, I suppose the idea is that it has a powerful pull to the sexual desires of sickos.
A man taking pictures of children at a public event was arrested by the police. They confiscated his camera, then contacted the police force in his home city so they could simultaneously break into his house and search his computer. The people in charge of the event are extremely pleased with themselves that they managed to have cops screw up some guy’s life for taking photos of clothed children, in public, with their parents nearby. They seem to think that they took part in averting a major crime!
The latest is this sorry tale of yet another father who was accused of burning with unbridled lust for his own children. When snapping a photo of his young son on a coin-operated ride, a security guard ordered the proud father to stop doing that. When the man, with son and wife in tow, tried to leave the mall, a police officer accosted him. Take any more pics of kids, even his own, and the cop would run the Dad in on some trumped up bullshit charge.
So why is it that the police and the public in Great Britain are so quick to condemn people who are taking pictures in public of children, or even empty places where children frequent? Why are the authorities, the very people who are trusted with the safety of the public, so enthusiastic about finding ways to punish people even though there is no evidence of anything even remotely untowards going on?
What is that ancient saying? “Where there is smoke, there is fire?” What does all of this look to someone who is outside of British society?
The only reasonable conclusion to be reached is that the British Isles must be infested with sexual deviants, just waiting to strike!
British Airways won’t let men sit next to children they don’t know, even if the parents are right there? There must have been several incidents of random males attacking and sexually assaulting children on their flights to do that! Sexual abuse right there in the center aisle, with hundreds of fellow passengers looking on! Why else take the risk of alienating one half of their customers?
The same must be true of the water parks in the UK. Sex crimes on the water slides! That must be why strangers standing in a crowd are quick to mete out mob justice to some guy with a camera, standing far out of reach of the children he is photographing. Rip him to shreds before the child comes down the chute, and he manages to get his pants off!
Octogenarian women must routinely take pictures of empty public places in the United Kingdom, the better to carefully plan their own vile crimes. Any old, frail woman with a camera is just aching to get their crone claws on a budding young child, and taking pictures is the first step!
And anyone taking pictures of clothed children in public, even though the kids are under adult supervision, must be investigated down to their pubic hair by the police! (“Grab him! Grab him! Get the camera for evidence!“) If he is taking pictures of people that are clearly visible in a public place then he has to be a pedophile! Thank goodness the police are willing to go the extra mile, and to keep digging until they find something they can use to charge this sicko with a crime!
And, of course, the police force in the United Kingdom must be complete morons and incompetents. After all, if so many people are sexually assaulting children in crowded public spaces then they aren’t doing their jobs. Why are these bastard criminals allowed to roam the streets? The police are charged with protecting innocent people, which they obviously are not doing. Every male who owns a camera, every female pensioner, and every man who buys an airline ticket should be rounded up and jailed until the end of time!
Crime rates in the UK are worse than those found in the US. Besides exclusively recruiting police officers from idiots and the mentally disabled, there just also be something rotten in British culture. Something that makes otherwise law abiding people turn into slavering beasts when confronted with a child. After all, what other reasonable explanation can there possibly be for this sorry state of affairs?
(Hat tip to Glenn. I also cross posted this at Hell in a Handbasket. Check out the comments there, as the readers of my other blog have some interesting things to say.)