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> No Butts... We're Not Coming Back!, Canadian tourists shun Glasgow
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post 27th Jul 2011, 08:38pm
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Two Canadian tourists have vowed never to return to Glasgow following their treatment at the hands of the city's litter enforcement officers. Mr and Mrs Turner from Ontario have decided to stop their regular visits to the city after Mrs Turner was issued an on-the-spot fine of 100 for dropping a cigarette end in a street already littered by cigarette butts.

Mr Turner was so incensed by the conduct of the officers (whom Mrs Turner mistakingly assumed were police officers) that he wrote a letter to the Evening Times complaining about the treatment of his wife.

In the letter, Mr Turner complained that his wife, instead of being given a warning, had been treated as if she had committed a serious crime. Mr Turner also complained that the actions of the officers had tarnished the image of the city after his wife had been forced to produce her passport and other identification in a busy street.

One subsequent Evening Times' reader expressed dismay at the treatment of Mrs Turner, complaining that the Clean Glasgow enforcement officers had made him "embarrassed to be a Glaswegian". The reader also complained that the litter enforcement officers "are building a poor reputation for picking on easy targets and not the more blatant litter louts, groups of neds, and drunks".

Glasgow City Council launched its 4m Clean Glasgow campaign in 2007. The programme was spearheaded by former council chief, Steven Purcell, who claimed at the time that the aim of the campaign was to make Glasgow "the cleanest city in the world". Despite some marginal improvements, a Keep Scotland Beautiful report published earlier this year found that Glasgow still ranked below the Scottish average for cleanliness.

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- GG   No Butts... We're Not Coming Back!   27th Jul 2011, 08:38pm
- - mlconnelly   Typical. Give them a wee bit of authority and they...   27th Jul 2011, 08:57pm
- - *duinemor*   These guys should ply their craft at the Royal Hos...   27th Jul 2011, 10:14pm
- - tarheels   i believe that the enforcement officers overreacte...   27th Jul 2011, 10:17pm
- - norrie123   Perhaps a warning would have been in order, seeing...   27th Jul 2011, 10:26pm
- - wazzer   That's exactly why some of us don't still ...   27th Jul 2011, 10:40pm
- - JohnTRobertson   Isn't capital punishment an option for litter...   27th Jul 2011, 10:49pm
- - Crewsy Fixer   Im not a litterer and frown upon littering, but I ...   27th Jul 2011, 10:50pm
- - Plain Jane   Here Goes - second attempt at answering - Just to...   27th Jul 2011, 10:56pm
- - wombat   nae wunner ah dont live in the city, wie aw this c...   27th Jul 2011, 10:57pm
- - Plain Jane   Oops sorry about that - must do better. -- GG: n...   27th Jul 2011, 11:01pm
- - Isobel   I think a warning would have been fine in this cas...   27th Jul 2011, 11:11pm
- - rumcdonald   I hate litter louts, but a warning would have been...   27th Jul 2011, 11:12pm
- - hubert   Its one helluva addiction often fatal and imposed ...   27th Jul 2011, 11:21pm
- - *Eidas*   I'm sure this woman will never toss another bu...   27th Jul 2011, 11:31pm
- - *misterglasgow*   Can anyone tell me how much you get fined if you a...   27th Jul 2011, 11:31pm
- - glasgow lass   O' 100 pounds , that would hurt! But the l...   27th Jul 2011, 11:36pm
|- - klingon   QUOTE (glasgow lass @ 28th Jul 2011, 12:2...   28th Jul 2011, 12:47am
- - angel   I don't know if Ontario has a law regarding l...   27th Jul 2011, 11:50pm
- - Guest   We elect em, we gotta live with what they dish out...   28th Jul 2011, 12:16am
- - wombat   angel sed:You would think that with all those 100 ...   28th Jul 2011, 12:25am
- - *klingon*   Why not put ciggie bins on the lamposts as I'v...   28th Jul 2011, 12:44am
- - Ian   These days I live in Northern California, where th...   28th Jul 2011, 01:18am
- - glasgow lass   Hello Klingon, ciggy bins will just over flow like...   28th Jul 2011, 01:28am
- - Guest   Of course common sense should prevail, a warning s...   28th Jul 2011, 02:11am
- - TeeHeeHee   Mary and I had just visited Basel Zoo (10 minutes ...   28th Jul 2011, 02:13am
- - RobBob   Why not turn the 4 million pounds into labour and ...   28th Jul 2011, 04:14am
- - Jupiter   Do you commit an offence if you are unaware the ac...   28th Jul 2011, 04:49am
|- - bilbo.s   QUOTE (Jupiter @ 28th Jul 2011, 07:35am) ...   28th Jul 2011, 06:22am
- - jimmyd   A warning would have sufficed ... HOWEVER ! ...   28th Jul 2011, 06:26am
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