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Sleuth 01/08/2008

Skiving traffic wardens, Boutique and the Britannia fall out, slaughterhouses, sensible folk and what price old people?

Published on August 1st 2008.


Sleuth 01/08/2008

Traffic Wardens: aren't they lovely?
Sleuth's passing acquaintance, Gordo, had a great story for him this week. This is how it goes. Gordo's taking his grandson Harry, aged three and three quarters, to the AMC Cinema in the Great Northern. Driving into the car park on Watson Street, he's amazed to see fourteen traffic wardens hiding behind a billboard, the majority of them with fags hanging out of their mouths. They are being told off for making a mess with their dimps by a delightful old lady. Gordo struggles with his brand new Nokia phone/camera and gets a picture. The wardens are laughing gaily, whilst returning the favour. “Mine’s going on the front page of Manchester Confidential next week,” smiles Gordo. Their faces freeze.

Gordo parks round the corner and hears puffing and panting. Five of the wardens have run over to his car. “You can’t take pictures of us,” wheezes one. “It’s against the Data Protection Act”. “Data Protection Act, my arse”, says Gordo. Lazy public servants littering the place and getting all tough with the public might need showing up for what they are. Still for a minute Gordo thinks he might have to fight these fine and noble city representatives. But suddenly the wardens slink off. Gordo is being tugged on the sleeve by his grandson. He looks down. “What does ‘my arse’ mean Grandad?”

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Flesh and blood
The editor's told Sleuth he's off to visit an abattoir on Tuesday, get close to the bone with the food production process and write about it. He showed him this email from the abattoir manager: 'When do you want to come? We process pigs on Monday, lambs on Tuesday and Wednesday and cattle on Thursday'. Sleuth wonders if they do Big Brother contestants on Friday. Here's hoping.

Folk 3 Drum'n'bass 0
Manchester's fine promoters Pineapple Folk are putting on one of the gigs (or rather mini-festivals) of the year tomorrow called A Day at the Races. Moho and Night and Day will be packed for Four Tet, Los Campesinos, Jeffrey Lewis, Mum, Nina Natasha and others. There was a hairy moment though (as there always is with Folk, but not in that way). Sleuth hears that Moho had double-booked with a drum'n'bass night and had decided to go with them. Panic everywhere, international acts inconvenienced, Pineapple Folk in the doldrums. “How many go to the drum'n'bass'?” asked Mr Pineapple Folk himself. “Seventy people,” came the reply. “We're talking about bringing in 800,” said Mr PF. Silence. Moho went away and got out the calculator. Not long later they rang back. Order restored, A Day at the Races saved.

On the cards
Sleuth got a call from Patrick Fitzgerald of the Britannia Hotel the other day. He was annoyed. Boutique, the lap-dancing venue on Lloyd Street, has been putting endorsements on the back of cards for city centre hotels such as the Britannia. The boss of Boutique had told him they'd organised this with the concierge staff, which some people might not see as the usual point of contact over joint marketing with hotels. Things got heated and the Boutique boss allegedly told Fitzgerald that his hotel should think themselves fortunate to be part of the scheme as prestige names such as the Radisson Edwardian and the Lowry were also part of it. Boutique also say that this way of working with concierges is standard practice and the Britannia are being unreasonable. They removed the cards promptly as well.

Bedrooms of Broken Dreams
The Britannia Group has been in the wars recently. We've been to a couple of their venues and found them wanting. In the last couple of weeks we've had a dig at the Liverpool Adelphi (click here), and Friday's (click here), the club under Britannia Sachas on Oldham Street. A couple of months ago we were critical of the Britannia (click here) on Portland Street in our architecture pages.

Bubbly pensioners
Sleuth is pleased to hear that Manchester has been awarded £6.5m to transform an empty tower block in Charlestown into apartments for older people. Amongst many features, there'll be an IT suite, a sky lounge with views across Manchester and an outdoor jacuzzi on the roof. There'll even be an 'Older People's play area' which Sleuth's a bit worried about. Councillor Val Stevens, who enjoys the splendidly succinct job title of Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Valuing Older People, said: “The transformation will see the tower block become a scheme which gives Older People the dignity and respect that they deserve." Sleuth agrees and thinks that the play area and the journey to the roof will also result in a fairly quick turnover of residents. Which should allow more people to enjoy the facilities.

Cheap at half the age
Sleuth did a bit of research about that Valuing Older People idea. It's pretty good. Go on the council website and there's a sliding scale of prices with brief descriptions. Apparently you can pick up a 69-year-old grandma in reasonable condition with knitting skills for £400. An older model incontinent grandad of ninety will set you back a mere £75. Bargain. And it does show that at last our old folk are really being valued for what they are.

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74 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Paul MAugust 1st 2008.

Down where I work it's rather well-to-do; I've *honestly* witnessed on multiple occasions, wardens go down a line of illegally parked cars, dishing out tickets - skipping over the expensive ones! Perhaps a sting operation is needed here?!

Gizza TicketAugust 1st 2008.

Leave these people be for christ sake, so what if they wanna smoke? As long as they are not harming anyone else (and please don't start all you non-smoking brigade) The sad prick who took this photo of people on a well deserved break, and the non-smoking whingers need to all get a life. Have you all nothing else to do? You not got work to go to? Let people live their lives as they want, don't dictate to people. Councils are the worst for crap like that, all this politically correct rubbish, yet most of their staff smoke on albert square, only thing is, they haven't got a uniform chained to their back. How would they like to be photographed each time they light up in the square? I hope the photographer crashes into the town hall and all the sad t w a t s are got rid of, and the smokers and non-whingers escape unharmed...........Honestly people, sort the crime out, the stabbings, terrorism, but not some guys having a cig in their break.SAD HUMAN BEINGS YOU ARE.You smoke if you want to traffic wardens. good luck in showing the photographer up for the sad excuse of a creature it is!

JanieAugust 1st 2008.

Excellent work, Gordo! I hope to see a continuation of this kind of thing just so we can all see for ourselves what a shower of soft stuff these people really are.

AnonymousAugust 1st 2008.

Hey, do these goons know that their IP addresses are probably logged by Manchester Confidential. Wonder if a quick IP lookup would show how many of them are sending their comments from the work PC when they should be having a crafty gasper outside?The text speaking half wits probably don't understand stuff like that. BTW,do they know that their comments are probably libellous, and you've got their IP address that points back to their PC and user name- hmmm.

dandanAugust 1st 2008.

you lot are ALL idiots!"does it not occure to you idiots that the traffic wardens, i mean civil enforcement officers, are actually smoking in their allocated smoking areas whilst on their breaks? do you think their managers would let (apparently) 20 officers to all smoke together? ermmm no i dont think so - MONGS!" and the stupid idiot Gordo, meaning fat in spanish, haha shoulnt of took the picture because how would he or any of YOU like them to take YOUR picture whilst YOUR on YOUR break at work?!" no because it is an invasion of privacy and you should all grow up and stop being pathetic!

Amy's DadAugust 1st 2008.

err, our Amy, have you actually read the replies from the wardens? They are more foul than you...

billy the kidAugust 1st 2008.

maybe we could set up some form of traffic warden mouse trap

P C PlonkerAugust 1st 2008.

Jonathan, Yellow Card I'm afraid! You should know that "Brainstorm" is now "Thought Shower".

Terry TowelAugust 1st 2008.

I put my nan on eBay for offers around a fiver and she wouldn't shift. Is there a place in the council where we can leave them. Sort of Antiques Roadshow, where they can be valued.

Failsworth Chauvinist & ImperialistAugust 1st 2008.

A few weeks back i was abducted by aliens and was transported to their flying saucer only to be subjected to a series of what can only be described as sadistic tests, they kept saying something in the kind of English I've only ever heard spoken in McDonalds, i can vaguely remember some of them with mini computerized gadgets just standing there looking dazed and confused, others seemed to shuffle about without taking their feet off the floor whilst writing stuff on small sheets of paper and shoving them under my arms. They were all wearing dark blue drip dry trousers acrylic knitted sweaters and wore peaked caps at a jaunty angle. I tell you it was horrible! just horrible!, so much so that I now have an intense morbid fear of dark blue polyester and may never recover.

Jack RussellAugust 1st 2008.

Who mentioned race? There are plenty of people born and bred in the U.K. who are incapable of speaking their own language!It is terrible the way bien pensants try to disenfranchise people with their outrageous allegations of bigotism.

BecksAugust 1st 2008.

Is anyone claiming this valiant nan? She sounds amazing! Also, why do all wardens look about 15 and wear their uniforms a size too big.

Mark Garner, The PublisherAugust 1st 2008.

Ok, it's clear that the traffic wardens have arrived. Guys, you are welcome to be here and make your point, we very, very rarely take comments down. However, this is not a toilet wall and your posts are well into the area where we consider taking them down or editing them. It doesn't take a genius to see why. I shall ask the editor for a decision.

AnonymousAugust 1st 2008.

political correctness gone madhave i been asleep for a few years?it is still legal to smoke isn't it?

Kev PAugust 1st 2008.

I walk down past the NCP near AMC sometimes when I fancy a change of route on my walk to work and there are usually at least 4 or 5 traffic wardens there plotting the demise of the human race. They also hang out outside The Nile apartment block on City Road East. Lets root them out and expose their lazy behaviour!

we all hate traffic wardens too...!August 1st 2008.

I have just driven down Gt Marlborough St (opposite the RITZ) and they were all hiding under the railway arch there smoking and plotting... I agree though, whilst they are there, they arent ticketing...! I think we should set up a traffic warden shelter so they can hide in there all day and give no more tickets..! They are all stalkers...hiding in dark alleys, and very rude with it.

Boutique Gentlemens ClubAugust 1st 2008.

In response to the "Sleuth" article we at Boutique Gentlemens Club would like to add that we have never intended to upset or fall out with our fellow business people within Manchester particularly those who operate a pretigious and well respected hotel such as the "The Britannia".We must however stress that at no point did we allege that "The Britannia" was "fortunate to be part of the scheme" and the endorsements were merely the name "Britannia Hotel" printed on the cards at the specific request of the concierge.The Boutique Gentlemens Club wishes to retain a good working relationship with all businessess within the City of Manchester and continue to welcome residents and staff of the "Britannia Hotel" indeed the dancers and employees of the Boutique Gentlemens club which was Manchester's first nude lap dancing club have commented that they have appreciated the hospitality shown to them when staying at and visiting the "Britannia Hotel" in the past and long may this continue.Boutique Gentlemens Club will continue to extend a warm welcome to Patrick, his staff, Gordo and the Manchester Confidential team who have shown great support and publicity over the last few years.RegardsBoutique Gentlemens Club

Jaspar GreedAugust 1st 2008.

By the way Jack Russell, good old Clayton dame did misunderstand that about speaking English didn't she. One of the training programmes could be how to clearly express yourself in the language whether you're native or foreign. This is as they in Business School a public facing job.

Poor Uneducated Traffic WardenAugust 1st 2008.

(The True Story - Corrections made in brackets)Traffic Wardens (Civil Enforcement Officers): aren't they lovely?Sleuth's passing acquaintance, Gordo (biased press gang type), had a great (sad & pitiful) story for him this week. This is how it goes. Gordo's taking his grandson Harry, aged three and three quarters, to the AMC Cinema in the Great Northern. Driving into the car park on Watson Street, he's amazed to see fourteen (4)traffic wardens (CEO's) hiding (standing in full view) behind (in front of) a billboard, the majority of them (one of them with a cigarette) with fags hanging out of their mouths. They are being told off for making a mess with their dimps (helping an elderly lady with directions) by a delightful old lady. Gordo struggles with his brand new Nokia phone/camera (didn't read his instruction book for his crap Nokia phone which he should have done) and gets a (boring) picture. The wardens (CEO's) are laughing gaily (thinking is this guy real, he's operating his phone and has no control over his vehicle with a child inside?), whilst returning the favour. “Mine’s going on the front page of Manchester Confidential next week,” smiles (snarles)Gordo. Their faces freeze. (the CEO's think 'what is he on about, Manchester what?)Gordo parks round the corner (cause there are so many spaces just round the corner, it was empty this car park as it always is) and hears puffing and panting (hears traffic from the main road). Five (none) of the wardens have run over to his car. “You can’t take pictures of us,” wheezes one (none of them say). “It’s against the Data Protection Act”. “Data Protection Act, my arse”, says (rants) Gordo. Lazy public servants littering the place and getting all tough with the public might need showing up for what they are. (he managed to think of that so quickly, theh words just flowed out, he's so good is Gordo) Still for a minute Gordo thinks he might have to fight these fine and noble city representatives.(as Gordo has violent tendancies) But suddenly the wardens slink off. (walk away from the situation as they can see he is just out for trouble as he's been lumbered with the kid all day and isn't happy)Gordo is being tugged on the sleeve by his grandson. (who can see what an idiot Gordo looks) He looks down. (in dismay) “What does ‘my arse’ mean Grandad?” (Gordo says 'check my reflection out in the mirror, Harry)

Failsworth Chauvinist & ImperialistAugust 1st 2008.

A few weeks back i was abducted by aliens and was transported to their flying saucer only to be subjected to a series of what can only be described as sadistic tests, they kept saying something in the kind of English I've only ever heard spoken in McDonalds, i can vaguely remember some of them with mini computerized gadgets just standing there looking dazed and confused, others seemed to shuffle about without taking their feet off the floor whilst writing stuff on small sheets of paper and shoving them under my arms. They were all wearing dark blue drip dry trousers acrylic knitted sweaters and wore peaked caps at a jaunty angle. I tell you it was horrible! just horrible!, so much so that I now have an intense morbid fear of dark blue polyester and may never recover.

AncoatsManAugust 1st 2008.

Look on the bright side - while they're skiving, they're not ticketing cars which are 5 minutes overdue on their meters. :)

jamesAugust 1st 2008.

OOH I love having my prejudices confirmed. MC is a Libetarian rag a la Jeremy for those who believe in all for number one and naught for all, and think the best thing that should be done with the old is to exterminate them (as in Brave New World) at sixty. Wish em a short life and nasty end

jonathandAugust 1st 2008.

i've seen loads of them getting picked up in a minibus down there at around 5:30pm each night so it's probably to do with that

Trevor EganAugust 1st 2008.

Funny how would-be socialists always want more and more controls on society, funny how they never think that freedom and trusting your fellow human might be the answer. And the sad thing is that I'm a socialist and have been for forty years. Socialism is not state control in the unregulated manner

barbieAugust 1st 2008.

i totally agree with dandan, jp megson and christian f, gordo u r a very sad man if uve got no one better to take pictures of, old women often get confussed an really cud of been askin 4 directions, every1 deserves a break an who r u to decide they cant???????? so gordo leave the traffic wardens alone bc if it wasnt 4 them imagine wat the parkin wud be like in england!!!!!!!! u was oviously lazing off from sumthin 2 be there takin that picture so wats ur excuse???????

Jane from TarzanAugust 1st 2008.

Dear Anonymous, Metrolink inspectors are terrible. (But traffic wardens are worse) All small minded people given positions of authority are knobs. Proper coppers, fully trained up, I can stand being told off by, but paramilitaries do my head in.

Bob Hates the scum of the ticket mastersAugust 1st 2008.

I hope you explained to your grandson that my arse is where those 14 no hopers have originated from! I think they should all be issued with bin bags & litter picking sticks so as they go about their wonderful (paid) community service they can make the city a brighter place to live.

JohnAugust 1st 2008.

Being firmly in the council's definition of 'older people' i.e. over 50, i was getting a bit worried about my twilight years having opted for the Pete Townsend pension plan, you know the one- "Hope I die before I get old" which hasn't worked out too well for either Pete or myself however my worries are now a thing of the past as I'm planning to spend my dotage in a penthouse apartment in Charlestown.

Caroline HoggAugust 1st 2008.

Dear Clayton person I think it's a good sign when people unsubscribe. It shows that the website I have adopted as the only interesting thing in Manchester media means something.

GeorgeAugust 1st 2008.

Let's go for a picnic Toughie?

Amy WinehouseAugust 1st 2008.

I too have had 1 or 2 tickets from the wardens, they are only doing their job. Funny how the 'do gooders' are happy to start these articles, but as soon as there is a back lash, they want comments from people sticking up for the wardens removed. Oh god, heaven forbid someone responding to these comments!

Dan the ManAugust 1st 2008.

Brian Scott Ford makes a very good point - not a racist point you stupid woman - but i have in fact contested all my parking tickets this year (you can do it online via http://www.manchester.gov.uk) and been let off every one. In one case i hate to say it but the attendant was right to issue me a penalty charge notice as my legally purchased ticket had blown over when i shut the door so they couldn't see if it was valid or not. The council (or whoever deals with it) produced the photo to prove it but still let me off as a gesture of good will!!! If you don't ask, you don't get! Speaking of john wayne walks, i also particularly like those attendants who balance their hats delicately at the furthest point gravity will allow on the back of their heads, and sightly to an angle, in a bad ass gangsta styleeee. It's a great look and complements the walk perfectly. Word to your mama!

Jaspar GreedAugust 1st 2008.

Steady on Bob. The problem is that the traffic wardens don't seem to have basic people skills. Their training programmes seem inadequate.

kttw2008August 1st 2008.

14k a yr yeah right.(down about 1k NO COMMISION whatever people may think). We put up with all kinds of abuse, verbal and physical from small minded members of the public all day long and for what? so people can park freely and fairly to do thier every day work, activities, shopping, whatever.. Even the people who have no job and are taking the tax payers money(which we pay too) are telling us to get a proper 1.....Lol get 1 yourselves!! Then we get some sad man who thinks it would be interesting to point out that traffic wardens smoke too.. wow.! Doesnt half of the population of manchester? i think so, if not more. You must really be bored with your job Gordo? Do you wanna come and work with us?? haha

one rule for one.......August 1st 2008.

Traffic wardens!!! This is something i have been meaning to rant about for a while. I recently observed from my apartment in the edge one of these so called wardens walk past a Bentley, Range Rover, 2 very nice Audi's, a BMW and a mercedes outside EASTZEAST on Blackfriars st only to put a ticket on a ford fiesta. Now as you will know Gordo Blackfriars has double yellow lines all the way down it. Funny how one of the newest upmarket restaurants has such an influence hey! Obviously its not good to upset the rich and influencial. My camera phone will be at the ready next time. Oh how i would love to catch one of these smarmy B******s out!!

youngy hates wardensAugust 1st 2008.

The Data Protection Act (DPA) is a United Kingdom Act of Parliament. It defines a legal basis for the handling in the UK of information relating to living people. It is the main piece of legislation that governs protection of personal data in the UK. So why would be against the Data Protection Act to take their photos?Now I know why people become traffic wardens, it's because they didn't get into law school!

jp/megsonAugust 1st 2008.

gordo, i think your a sado who has nothing better to do, why do you hate the traffic wardens so much, IS IT BECAUSE THEY DISTURB YOU ON SHEFFIELD STEET COACH PARK, WHEN YOUR PAYING FOR SEX YOU FAT UGLE MUPPET, its funny what sad lonley fat people do to get some attention, but your on all the dating wed sites, lol

Amy HousewineAugust 1st 2008.

ive read them all, nothin foul if u live in the real world dad. im off for a fag, tarraaaaaaaaa

just a question?August 1st 2008.

I wonder if someone from NCP, who were recently bought out by an investment bank group, and divided into 2 very profitable divisions following the decriminalisation of certain traffic offences, and who are contracted by Manchester City Council to provide "on-street" services, would like to explain how the considerable revenue targets that are placed on them both by their owners and MCC, are met each year and how this translates into bonus incentives for traffic wardens. There was some discussion some time back about removing the bonus system as this was open to abuse. I am suprised to hear that traffic wardens are "sitting for hours" unnoticed as they are required to call in at regular intervals and this is logged to confirm the indiviuals where-a-bouts, perhaps this was something that went by the wayside as another cost saving excercise in order to maximise profit and far more open to abuse?

AnonymousAugust 1st 2008.

nice one IP Lots, people need to remember what this site states when u register with them too:To signup, please enter your email address accurately below:(We never pass an email address or any details on to a third party!)SAY NO MORE!

Milo WhizzbangAugust 1st 2008.

at best this picture shows only one Traffic warden that can be clearly identified as such.we see some guy holding a cam phone the shoulder of some one in uniform behind the lady and another behind the guy with the camera hardly proof of 14 sciving is it?I dont deny that to which you have reported is true but show us the 14 in the picture.However i must say that i find the traffic wardens a very scruffy surly bunch that look as if they have slept in their uniforms I find it very hard taking this bunch seriously if at all.If I see another 'Warden walking like John Wayne i swear i will swing for him or her!!That ticket machine is just that its not a bloody gun!Nor are they Manchesters vigilante brigade or Policemen. just jumped up Car park attendants with some minor powers.

ChristianLeFAugust 1st 2008.

Actually I was there at the time of the picture and the old woman was only asking directions, not moaning about the wardens having a smoke. Also what is wrong with them having a little breeak and a cigarette, this country is getting over taken but the PC brigade and is becoming a bloody nanny state. What happened to it being a free country, it seems that everyone is just ranting about the fact they get tickets off wardens, well if thats the case....DONT PARK WHERE YOU SHOULDN'T OR FOR LONGER THAN YOUR TICKET STATES, its as easy as that!!!!!!!

Elle O'CutionAugust 1st 2008.

It terrifies me how uneducated these poor people sound. They don't have a chance to be anything other than traffic wardens. The mystery is how they fill in forms in a way that could be understood by others.

GaryAugust 1st 2008.

Yet another set of Public Servants doing nothing of the sort. Still, must be a hard fact to face that these 'wanna-be' coppers don't even have the intelligence to join the Police.

JonathanAugust 1st 2008.

Brainstorm

AnonymousAugust 1st 2008.

No spawn blah blah 666, what should have happened is the guy who took the photo should have taken things less seriously. HELLO???? THEY WERE HAVING A BREAK AND A CIGARETTE, IT'S NOT AGAINST THE LAW, IT IS LEGAL TO SMOKE.

ImperiousfoggAugust 1st 2008.

Oh! tut-tut Clayton Socialist and Feminist. A few months back i was in London (Camden), parked the car just after 6 pm and some fat arse feminist type warden who was about to step in the 'Black Cap' suddenly turned back and slapped a ticket on me saying it was only 2 minutes to 6. You fat horrid bag! i shouted before waltzing off in the direction of the Tube, only to be accosted by some scruff brandishing the 'Socialist Worker' when i refused to purchase a copy, he called me a "****ing poncy manc". How on earth he could tell i was poncy i have absolutely no idea, all i was wearing was last seasons Purdey's a pair of Audley's some Theo Fennell and a Panerai. If i'd have known that traffic wardens were on 14k for simply harassing the general public, i'd have told the Socialist shirker to make an application forthwith.

AvoAugust 1st 2008.

Aye up Johnboy! I'd think very carefully before replying to Seamen's comment otherwise you might incur the wrath of the Russian Mafia! Watch out for suspect traces of Polonium-210 next time you're tucking into your Maki Rolls at Yo Sushi.

johnthebriefAugust 1st 2008.

Hmm, traffic wardens are a touchy bunch. I remember one time going into the spar shop underneath the execrable St Petersburg, and passing some of their charming little scooters parked on the double yellows outside. Lo and behold, the gallant knights of the road were ahead of me at the till. When I came outside I asked them if they weren't worried about being ticketed for parking illegally while they popped to the shop, which I'm sure would happen to anyone else. They laughed, until I got out my camera, at which point they sped off. One rule for the fascist jobsworths, another for the rest of us?

Drew PeacockAugust 1st 2008.

Clayton Socialist and Feminist says..“ Is this BNP confidnetial or what? Some of the comments above, particularly that from Brian Scott ford, are frankly racist.Re the above...What a load of tripe.Never heard such rubbish.

GordoAugust 1st 2008.

Milo, I was getting confused at the time trying to work my new camera phone.It nearly got the better of me. Clayton Socialist and Feminist, you are of course most welcome to your point of view. As long as you are, of course, pretty.

vicarinatutuAugust 1st 2008.

yeh - traffic wardens have been doing this for years. i worked in a small black granite box on the river irwell adjacent to the riverside development. direcetly opposite is a small public riverside walkway that Manchester City Council introduced some years back. it doesn't go anywhere and is usually a place for tramps to doss down. Anyway, traffic wardens spent hours sat there doing jack. more annoying that this though was the number of scally's ditching their spoils in the bushes at the same site. they dumped all kind of loot in the bushes. walked off. came back an hour later. emptied handbags and all kind of stuff into the river that was no use and went back out "grafting" in manchester. we rang the police several times. guess what. they wasn't interested. probably sat with the traffic wardens somewhere. don't you just love being a 40% tax payer.

AnonymousAugust 1st 2008.

yeah we all have laptops and surf the internet all day whilst walking the streets, we lay off them on our breaks when we chain smoke and hide!for slanderous, libellous, and untrue remarks, revert back to the original 'story'........u won't scare us with ur complicated goof about IP adresses, whats an IP address anyway?ooooooooooh, im gettin dead scared now

assholeAugust 1st 2008.

is that my daddy who took this pic gawd daddy come home soon all us other assholes need ya ere to feed us **** to hahahah leave em alone and die u tosser{sorry u have no dick} forgot u work as a joey for a news paper {usefull this free 1 tho}loo roll???especially with your stuff in it and gordo u neeed to get off ya pc and stop lookin at porn dude yall go blind fat cunt

Amy HousewineAugust 1st 2008.

ive read them all, nothin foul if u live in the real world dad. im off for a fag, tarraaaaaaaaa

Anony-mouseAugust 1st 2008.

Hole? People come on let's speak English or even maybe write it?

GordoAugust 1st 2008.

Spawny, have you been dropping acid? They take their breaks behind a bill board underneath the arches????

Laughing BoyAugust 1st 2008.

Anonymous, i know Gordo well and believe me, he couldn't give two sh*ts, he has achieved exactly what he wanted to achieve, a lively debate. I would imagine, however, he wasn't prepared for just how child like the traffic wardens are!

Tracy HealthworkerAugust 1st 2008.

The last story Cheap at Half the Age is sick. Old people do have a hard time, society is not as kind as it was to those growing old.I hope the writer feels valued when he/she gets older. As a worker in the field I welcome the Valuing Older People initiative.

seamenAugust 1st 2008.

johnthebrief realy hate Rusian food and ambience! Just why?

simonAugust 1st 2008.

big up ya nan!

Clayton Socialist and FeministAugust 1st 2008.

Is this BNP confidnetial or what? Some of the comments above, particularly that from Brian Scott ford, are frankly racist. Parking attendants are paid not much more than 14k and for that they are regularly abused by the public and even assaulted. Ok they get things wrong sometime but without them the city centre would grind to a halt with the middle-class tossers from Chorlton and Cheshire attempting to park their 4x4s on the pavement 6 inches from the entrance to Harvey Nicks. If you don't want a parking ticket read your Highway Code, check the lines and look at the signs. Better still do what many of us Mancs do and get the bus or train. Of course that would mean having to sitting next to the proles...Bring on the class war...Oh and goodbye, I am unsubscribing

SnoopyAugust 1st 2008.

I frequently park in the AMC and without fail see anything between 3 and 20 traffic wardens having a crafty fag.They must feel at home with the pigeon crap and smell of stale urine.

I.P LotsAugust 1st 2008.

yeah we all have laptops and surf the internet all day whilst walking the streets, we lay off them on our breaks when we chain smoke and hide!for slanderous, libellous, and untrue remarks, revert back to the original 'story'........u won't scare us with ur complicated goof about IP adresses, whats an IP address anyway?ooooooooooh, im gettin dead scared now

scott puddin mucherAugust 1st 2008.

the sad git in the red mini who took this pic needs to get out more and as you all say to the wardens get a proper job hahahaha how drol almost as droll as the mupits life anyway the bed weter who took this pic shudnt realy be driving as with a 3yr old in t he car and leting go of the wheel to take a pic i hope the prick crashes next time so a big up for the bed weting sado for the pic all this proves is that ceos are human what next a pic of 1 eating?????**** do they do that to?????**** me lets make a channel m docu on 1 lol sad they do a job thats it u all neeed to get a life and so duz mini man dad of the year ps i hope he paid the ticket i saw him get 3 days after the pic was taken lol xxxxxxxxxxx loadsa kissis to ya mr reporter ya mom must be proud of ya hahahahaha if u have 1!!!!!!daddy was a test tube i bed??????

Amy HousewineAugust 1st 2008.

ive read them all, nothin foul if u live in the real world dad. im off for a fag, tarraaaaaaaaa

JoAugust 1st 2008.

Let's just try shall we Trevor? For a month or two how about we follow your advice and give all the traffic wardens a long holdiay. Instead we'll stick nice fluffy notes on the parking meters saying 'Please don't park in this really useful space for more than 30 minutes cos someone else might need to use it'. Then people will have the freedom to choose whether to park for longer or not and we can put our trust in our fellow human beings. It's a lovely idea Trevor, but somehow I don't think it will work. The existence of parking wardens and meters forces us to share the parking spaces, which comes in really useful at times. I'd love to have your optimism and idealism Trevor.

AnonymousAugust 1st 2008.

its funny that gordo has not made anyother comments, its not nice to be publicly humilated isit, not nice at all, but he started it,

WayneAugust 1st 2008.

And they sneak around Roman Entry off Church Street. Maybe Confidential could do a map?

Brian Scott FordAugust 1st 2008.

The I.Q. of the majority, not all of the traffic wardens in Manchester is approx.10. If drivers took the time to challenge the tickets issued they would find that the majority were unenforcable. As was in my case so they fitted me up taking photos of a completely different bay and submitted those photos to the hearing. Had I not taken photos of my own at the time I would have not been able to prove their evidence was false. They just fitted me up, can't trust one of them to be honest, and they are scruffy no pride in their appearance and some can hardly speak english its about time the council did something about them.

alAugust 1st 2008.

Leave all the comments up mark, a group of such eloquent individuals should not be censored. Look at what happened when they tried to quash the academics in France all those years ago! I was considering becoming a warden but now I know that I probably wouldn't cope with the witty and erudite banter during the breaks.

AnonymousAugust 1st 2008.

i think if you should remove rants, you may aswell remove the hole sleuth, including the pic. it has gone a bit two far, and as far all the sturies being true, i dont think so, it woul appear people are making them up, i personaly would be greatful if the hole thing would be removed, before someone is affended and hurt

The minxAugust 1st 2008.

I was very surprised to read about Patrick Fitzgerald (of the Britannia Hotel)complaining about the Boutique. Which is very rich seeing as though both Sachas and Britannia are well known around town for being sleazy and grimy whorehouses!

HeatherAugust 1st 2008.

I see traffice wardens every day hiding (aka skiving)in a alley, I am sure they hide to pounce on the cars that park on single yellows at 5 to six!!! so this photo is not a surprise!

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