If you are looking for Glamour, Gadgets and Grissom you won't find them here. Forget what you think you know about 'Forensics', these are the tales of one man and his brush. Of course these views do not represent the views of any Police Force or indeed reflect any Force Policies ya da ya.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Idiot Box

Nightjack - an excellent Detective blogger - touched on an issue close to my heart recently:-

'Lets not forget the witnesses who are more keen on watching Corrie that speaking to you. Excuse me, hello, remember me, the detective in the corner. Yes, I’m trying to talk to you over then din from your offensively large and antisocially loud plasma screen TV. Why would you want to turn it off, or down even so that the neighbours can’t hear every word? I’ll come back when there’s nothing on. Oh there’s always something.'

I can't think of anything more infuriating than competing peoples attention with that of the latest installment of Jeremy Kyle, Loose Women or whatever crap daytime garbage ITV is showing. It really is the height of rudeness in my opinion. I'm there try and help find the person who broke into your house and stole all your personal possessions, they would have taken the telly as well had it not been the size of snooker table.

It's basic manners, if someone visits my house and the telly is on, it goes straight off (unless they have come around to watch the football) or we go in another room, I even turn the radio off in the office if I get a visitor. At one job a guy was too busy playing a mate at football on his games console to tell me what happened! I kept having to interrupt them to ask pertinent questions each one followed by huffs and tuts as Rooney is freeze framed yet again on another shot on goal.

Saying that though, I was working during the England Rugby World Cup Final win. We had gone to see a man about his damaged car and we were dragged into his lounge to watch the final glorious minutes of the match with celebratory cups of teas and a tray of biscuits.


Roses said...

A long time ago, I decided daytime television is a government plot. The only conspiracy that works. Daytime telly is meant to put all the thinking people back into work, or stupefy the masses into further apathy so they don't cause too much trouble.

Anonymous said...

Be grateful, as a Minister I spend a bit of time in family homes, talking to people especially the recently bereaved.

At one visit recently, I went to talk to Mr X about the death of his father, and to arrange the service. He and his kids sat there watching a film on Sky, obviously put out with my visit, and after ten minutes I was asked to leave. Needless to say, I found out precious little about the father, but quite a lot about the son.

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AnneDroid said...

I have always found it annoying if people don't put the tv off in this type of situation.

However, once upon a time, when I worked as a visiting officer for the Department of Social Security in Glasgow, I was visiting a woman who kept the tv on. Suddenly I saw my dad on the screen (he's not famous - it was a random thing) and I was torn between my usual, "Would you mind putting the tv off a minute?" and "Would you mind turning the sound up and watching this a minute?"!


PCSO Bloggs said...

Sorry, I’ve had to tag you.

Sim said...

Jeremy Kyle? I can think of nothing worse... The remote also has a mute button which they tend to forget.

It could be worse. You could walk into a home and want to talk about the more pertainent things in life but the husband is watching the telly with a can of special Brew at 11am, the wife keeps going on about the joys of childbirth against the cost of living whilst the rugrats charge around the place without a care for discipline.

thinblueline said...

I got me one of those uni' Tv remotes that allows you to turn the dam thing off ( mute ) ... hilarity at some places I can tell you " wtf teh tv is borken ! "

thinblueline said...

Fun fun fun !

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