A man who took a photograph of an ill woman outside an Edinburgh bar has been fined £100 after being branded “unchivalrous” by a sheriff.
Unchivalrous? We’re going to bring chivalry into the law, are we? Can we also start rounding up cads and bounders, too?
Well, I look forward to our entire government being fined too, then...
This is a terrible decision, and an abuse of the purpose of the law of breach of the peace. The law has always been that taking photographs in a public space is legal, that in public, you don’t have any right to privacy. That includes whether someone is distressed or otherwise.
Quite so. What this Sheriff has effectively done is to simply make up the law on the spot, as determined by his own personal morality. And, as we can tell from the Sheriff's comments, his own personal morality leaves a lot to be desired.
But Sheriff Kenneth Hogg said the matter “could be best described as exceptionally unchivalrous”.
“The lady concerned was entitled to her privacy and not to have a passing stranger take a photograph,” said the sheriff. “I’m going to impose a fine to remind him chivalry is not dead and when somebody is in distress you leave them to it.”
No, you don't, you fuckwit. If someone is in distress, the chivalrous thing to do is to go and see if you can help them out, you rude Scots twat.
You are an unchivalrous cunt, Kenneth Hogg, and I claim my £100.