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Do other members here without television sets get continually pestered with angry letters threatening them with armed police raids and life imprisonment for not having a licence?
Titus: I used to but I sent them a notice saying that because they'd been harassing me, I'd withdrawn their implied right of access to my property. It works.
Why should I go to the trouble and expense of writing to them?
I don't have to write to anyone to aplologise for not havinga firearms certificate.
If they want to know whether I have a TV or not, they could try having the courtesy and intelligence simply to ask, and provide me with a pre-paid post card or a free telephone number.
(They used to do this many years ago.)
But since, instead, they repeatedly send me agressive threatening letters, I am content to continue to make their lives as tedious and frustrating as possible.
That didn't work for me Arthur, they just started writing to "The Occupier" instead of me. I now go for the ignoring them except for the one time they knocked on my door when I told the guy that I'd already withdrawn their implied right of access and was going to get my camera to prove they had breached it. He'd dissappeared by the time I got back.
I still get letters addressed to the occupier though.....
I have over the years had two visits.
I try to adopt the same technique as I do with unsolicited telephone calls: unless I am in a hurry to be somewhere else, I endeavour to keep them talking and wasting their time for as long as possible on the grounds that my time is free but someone is paying them; and that every minute they waste with me is a minute someone else is spared the nuisance.
I like it best when it is raining. I stand in my doorway while they stand out in the rain explaining to me all the gruesome consquences of being a deviant criminal with no television licence.
I suppose I could wind them up by writing to them to say that I refuse to buy a licence because the programmes are rubbish (omitting to mention that I don't actually have television set either, for exactly that same reason) but why should I bother?
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