Granted, my “potato-peeler” is a paring knife, and we know those are a public no-no in the UK. But we are talking about an honest to goodness potato-peeler. No. Really.
A man was arrested in Dunfermline, Scotland, on Saturday for carrying a potato peeler in a public place “without reasonable excuse” and faces up to four years in prison.
The Dunfermline Sheriff Court confirmed to Breitbart London that Scott Walker, 39, of the James Bank Hostel, James Street had appeared Monday, charged under the Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995, for carrying “an article which had a blade or which was sharply pointed, namely a potato peeler”.
Sheriff Pino di Emidio ordered that Walker should return to the court on May 16th for sentencing over the crime, for which he could receive up to four years’ imprisonment.
The man was on bail for another unspecified offence at the time of his arrest.
A couple of points. First, I hate the very notion that I have to justify myself to police without cause. It is contrary to the notion that one has a right to be secure in one’s person. A quaint notion, that our rights are natural and inalienable, something we Americans borrowed at least partially from the Magna Carta. Unfortunately, in places like New York City, the practical protection our Constitution affords is a myth when the rubber hits the road.
Secondly, I wonder what Sheriff Pino di Emidio’s family tartan is. He has a fine Scottish name.
Once again, reality renders satire obsolete.