Such people are, recognisably, the descendants of that lost — and now romanticised — breed, the little Hitlers who used to tell you that whatever it was you were doing was infringing a bylaw and that you should now get off the grass, off your bike, off the bus, off the train and generally cease to be. This function has now been privatised and the role taken over by the local representatives of Costa Coffee or Bluewater. It has gone too far.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
I'll fight the little Hitlers in coffee bars
David Aaronovitch is upset by shop managers who feel that anyone wearing a hat must be a criminal trying to evade their CCTV systems: