Well you couldn’t make it up. It’s sad that we aren’t making it up. But the following is true and I only wish it wasn’t true. Please read and join me in being disgusted about the way Ashton Under Lyne Jobcentre condones such behaviour.
Thursday was our usual demonstration day. This week there was only 6 of us. Myself and another woman, and 4 men. We aren’t a threat, we are indeed very peaceful as we believe that violence isn’t an answer. We were stood outside the Jobcentre giving out information and help to passers by. Whilst doing this we happened to glance into the Jobcentre. Not hard to do because of the windowed front of the building. We weren’t causing any trouble and we weren’t even making a noise because our mega phone has broken. We were just standing there peacefully.
A member of the public came out of the Jobcentre rather pale in the face and was shocked. She said “I’m sorry to bother you but that security guard has just threatened to punch you.” We were a bit alarmed and asked her what had happened. She said that she was doing a job search and the security guard shouted “If they turn round and smile through that window one more time, I’m going to go out there and punch them” I asked which security guard it was….. The description matched the security guard that had tried charging at me through the doors but was stopped by my cries of help… He’s also raised his fist at me in the past.
It gets worse…. She went in to complain again as she had already reported it to the desk manager who clearly did nothing as he was still out there laughing at us. Ashton under Lyne Jobcentre refused to give her his name or badge number and refused to do anything else saying “he’s a well liked member of staff”.
Well this will be going further. Spread this far and wide. Can you imagine how intimidated members of the public are when they enter that building? They guard the door, watch your every move and throw you out if you get upset when you’ve been given an unlawful sanction.
How can this be right? It isn’t. Mark my words we will be back on Thursday and we will remain peaceful as ever.
Please come and join us peacefully. There’s strength in numbers and we need to show them that they cannot be allowed to threaten anyone like that.
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