It appears that TV Licensing has been using its legendary customer service skills on a member of the Netmums forum.
Katie F sounds like she is fully conversant with TV licence legislation: namely that a TV licence is only required for those properties where equipment is used to receive "live" broadcast TV programmes.
Mindful of that the unemployed Mum decided to save a few quid by not renewing her TV licence and watching only non-live catch-up programmes on her son's PS3 instead.
Evidently a belt-and-braces kind of girl, Katie rang TV Licensing to check her understanding of the rules. TV Licensing confirmed that watching only non-live catch-up programmes would not require a TV licence.
Katie picks up the story in her Netmums forum thread, "TV Licence - I am so angry!":
Not once have I watched live TV since March, only catch up.
Tonight a bloke from TV Licensing came to door, I invited him in (nothing to hide - don't need one, feel free to check). He was so intimidating (or tried to be) and aggressive, told me I had to have one due to the fact that I can watch live through iPlayer app.
I had NO clue about this and swear on my child's life I haven't watched it once. He had to actually show me, tried to put it on and I stopped him as then I would have been in breach.
Having read that account, it appears the TV Licensing goon that visited Katie's home fed her a pack of lies. He undoubtedly did this to scare her into compliance, thus ramping up his performance stats and commission.
It is the act of receiving TV programmes that requires a TV licence, not the mere possession of equipment (or means) to do so. If that was the case then everyone with access to the internet would require a TV licence, which is plainly inaccurate and absurd.
We also note that the dishonest goon tried to incriminate Katie by attempting to receive "live" TV programmes on her equipment. Had Katie not been wise to his ruse, you can be pretty sure he would have stitched her up on an evasion charge to boot.
As experience regularly demonstrates, some TV Licensing goons are dishonest scum from the lowest level of the evolutionary chain. They cannot be trusted and should never be allowed voluntary access to any property. Stories like Katie's perfectly demonstrate the reason why.
If TV Licensing calls, simply say nothing and close the door.
TV Licensing Blog Appeal: Do you know Katie F at Netmums? If so, please ask her to get in touch with us.