As one or two of you may have noticed, I was down in Cork recently.
I was heading to a pub on the mainstreet of the local town when I noticed something.
Outside the pub on the pavement were a couple of tables and matching chairs. I like that as it makes the place look open and inviting.
There was a notice pasted in the window of the pub in the form of a letter. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me so you'll have to just take my word for it.
The notice was a letter from the County Council informing the pub that tables and chairs were not allowed to be placed on the pavement unless the pub had a permit. It informed the owners that said furniture was to be removed immediately as it was causing an obstruction to the safe passage of pedestrians. In other words, this was just another example of highway [or at least, footpath] robbery by the council who wanted their drop of blood.
Two things stuck me about this notice.
One was that there was no need to place it in such a prominent position if the "permit" had been bought, so it looked to me like this was a perfect example of two fingers to the council. The pub had been given seven days to comply, and it was dated around four weeks ago. Needless to say, they got my business – lovely food served on a patio out the back in blazing sunshine.
The other thing that struck me was that the Council were bitching about the lack of permit and the obstruction caused by said furniture. So presumably, if a permit had been obtained, the furniture could be freely placed on the pavement and it somehow miraculously doesn't cause an obstruction?
How the fuck does that work?