Living for Big Brother
Pubs in Yorkshire are being ordered to require patrons to remove their hats. Why? Because the hats are making it hard to identify people on CCTV.
Pubs in Yorkshire have been ordered to ban people from wearing flat caps or other hats so troublemakers can be more easily recognised.
The Park Hotel in Wadsley, Sheffield, is the latest to be asked to impose the rule by senior police officers.
Mark Kelly, the landlord said: “Police asked us to ensure that everyone removes headgear.
The measure, designed to prevent people from obscuring their faces from CCTV cameras, has been questioned by Barnsley’s former Test umpire Dickie Bird, 75, well-known for his favoured white flat cap.
He said: “Asking a Yorkshireman to take off his flat cap — whoever heard of anything so silly.
Sure, this might seem like a minor deal, but once you’ve established the precedent of losing just a little bit of freedom to make it easier to ID you on government cameras, it becomes that much easier to take the next step, doesn’t it?
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