Like that annoying turd that refuses to flush, Capita TV Licensing goon Roger is back for his third YouTube adventure.
Having seen Roger previously we know that he is fully acquainted with TV Licensing rules, in particular the need to confirm his identity and respect the occupier's right to film. Curious then that refuses to confirm his affiliation to TV Licensing, let alone show his identity card when requested.
Such evasive behaviour is typical of most TV Licensing goons we encounter, but is strangely at odds with the rose-tinted, media-pandering bullshit recently portrayed on YouTube by funnyman Rob Delaney.
Looking at the video, it appears the occupier has left Roger standing outside and gone to fetch his camera. The occupier has then returned to the door with the camera rolling, which is where the video footage begins.
As regular readers will know we have taken to transcribing these encounters, because Capita TV Licensing has an annoying habit of blubbing to YouTube every time a member of the public exercises their lawful right to film a goon.
The conversation continues along these lines:____________________
Occupier: Who are you?
Goon: What are you doing?
Occupier: Excuse me, don't come to somebody's door...
Goon: ...So it is your door?
Occupier: Don't come to somebody's door and not introduce yourself. Who are you?
Goon: Is it your door?
Occupier: Who are you?
Goon: Because of data confidentiality I can't reveal my identity to people who don't say who they state they are. (Yes, that does sound like total gibberish).
Occupier: You don't come without announcing yourself. Do you have a (name) or something? A badge?
Goon: Yeah, I do.
Occupier: Let me see it.
Occupier: What do you mean "why"?
Goon: I don't know if you live here, so I can't identify myself.
Occupier: Well don't come to this door. And don't come back. Okay?
Goon: Why are you filming? [Pause] Who do you think I am? [Pause] This is the weirdest (visitor) I've ever had at my door?
Goon: Have a good day.____________________
If you have the misfortune of a TV Licensing goon visiting your property this festive season, remember the following key points:
- A TV licence is only needed for those properties where equipment is installed or used to receive TV programmes at the same time as they are broadcast to other members of the public.
- Anyone who doesn't legally need a TV licence, is under no obligation at all to communicate or co-operate with TV Licensing. We strongly recommend people in this situation ignore TV Licensing completely.
- In the course of normal enquiries, TV Licensing goons have no more rights than any other visitor to a property. They have no right to enter the property, save for the exceptionally rare circumstances in which they have a search warrant.
- In theory, TV Licensing rules are such that goons must always show their ID when requested. In practise, this rule is frequently ignored as today's video further demonstrates.
- In theory, TV Licensing rules are such that goons must always leave the property when requested. In practise, this rule is frequently ignored as well.
- The occupier of a property is well within their rights to film any TV Licensing goon that calls. We strongly recommend filming goon encounters, so that there is no disagreement about the circumstances of the visit later on (e.g. to stop the goon running off and telling tales about non-existent TV sets being thrown at them).
The latest edition of our free ebook, TV Licensing Laid Bare, goes live on New Year's Day. Don't forget to snap up your copy!