Sarah Webb-Lee, 39, from Stockport, had a car sticker which read: "On the first day God created United then completely [expletive] up and created City."Funny? Puerile? Offensive? Maybe.
A neighbourhood team officer was sent round to Mrs Webb-Lee's home in Cale Green, Stockport, after a local councillor passed on to police a complaint they had received from a resident.*sigh*
Police said the swear word used breached public order legislation.Clearly, there’s absolutely no crime whatsoever in that street. I think I’ll move the…
Wait, what am I saying? It’s Manchester!
"I couldn't believe it when they told me," she said.That must make you increasingly unique, since it seems we are inculcating the attitude in so many people that the thing to do if someone or something ‘offends’ you is to call the police.
She added: "I see sexist stickers and slogans which offend me and which are much worse than swearing but no way would I phone the police."
Told she would face a fine if she refused to take it down, Mrs Webb-Lee reluctantly agreed to rub out a vowel in the swear word.Because that makes all the difference…
The police are curiously defensive:
Insp Stephen Gilbertson said: "We received a complaint about the language contained in a car sticker that, by law, is offensive.Who said it was anything to do with a football team?
"All we did is make the relevant people aware and asked them to either remove the sticker or some letters within the swear word, which they willingly did.
"It is important to stress this had nothing whatsoever to do with any football team and was solely in relation to an offensive word."
And really, you can now expect more pointless waste of time calls from whoever made this one, since their success will only encourage them.