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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Fines for people who leave bags behind?

Would the London Underground ever do this?

Just heard on the news on HeartFM that some expert has called for there to be fines for people who leave unattended bags on public transport. Hundreds of unattended bags have led to security alerts and he says that they also add to general panic and insecurity. People get fined for fare dodging, using the emergency buttons under false pretences, making eye contact and talking on the tube, so why not leaving their bags? (OK, yes,
talking and eye contact are made up - you may have seen spoof posters that lead some people to believe otherwise though)

Unattended bag poster taken at Green Park

Anyway, bearing in mind that currently it's only some voxpops story on the radio, but I think he's sort of got a point, specially in the current climate, but goodness knows how it would be policed. I spose people could get charged for collecting their bags when they pick them up from lost property. Or does that happen anyway?

Update - Just found out from the BBC's site, that fining people for leaving bags was actually a serious suggestion and that Ken Livingstone has said NO.

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