Chris Ford, 60, bought his miniature Yorkshire Terrier LouLou for company and played with her in a communal garden outside his Islington home.Oh, for the love of...!
He used a squeaky toy duck to train her but a neighbour complained about the noise and he was summoned to answer nuisance charges.
During the interview Mr Ford said the anti-social behaviour officer demanded he sign a pledge not to use the toy or face being served with an Asbo.
Mr Ford, who is disabled, said he was now too scared to use the garden. "I refused to sign the statement because I didn't agree with what was written down there, that LouLou should stop playing with her toy.Should have laughed in his face and told him where to shove his statement.
"The officer told me that if I didn't sign it then I would first be given a warning and then an Asbo."
In fact, you shouldn't have bothered even answering the 'summons'! These jumped up little cretins have no power to compel you, anyway. As Bucko points out at 'Orphans':
"The answer is the power of “No”. And organisation. We need to need to keep saying no to every jobsworth we meet. We need to not be afraid of the police and not bend over when they come knocking with silly accusations. We need to know our rights and use them."
If we don't start doing this at each and every opportunity, these bumptious little jobsworths will overwhelm us all...
Homes for Islington, which manages the flats, disputes Mr Ford's version of events, saying the officer did not make such a threat.Should I ever get stopped by the police/find a PCSO at my door/get into a discussion with a council official, I'm going to reach for my iPhone and switch the memo recorder to 'on'.
A spokeswoman said: "We certainly have not threatened Mr Ford with an Asbo, nor banned him from using the green area to exercise his dog."
Then we'll see what they have to say...