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Fingerprints to go Down To Pub?

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Say it ain't so! England is rolling out fingerprinting of pub patrons. Yes, that's right. You'll have to present your digits in order to enter a bar.

The government is is funding the roll out of fingerprint security at the doors of pubs and clubs in major English cities.

Funding is being offered to councils that want to have their pubs keep a regional black list of known trouble makers. The fingerprint network installed in February by South Somerset District Council in Yeovil drinking holesy is being used as the show case.
Now you'd think that this would just push the hooligans over to the pubs in the next town, but no such luck:
Bradburn could not say if fingerprint security in Yeovil had displaced crime to neighbouring towns, but she noted that domestic violence had risen in Yeovil.
So instead of fisticuffs down at the local, it's now stay home and drink and beat up the missus.

The UK isn't exactly a bastion of freedom with CCTV cameras at every corner, but getting fingerprinted just to have a pint? This seems a little over the top, mate.

   

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