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Stephen Gethin’s HappyVale Hotel was taken over by the Camden, England, Council because of disrepair. And as he points out, when people fail to pay parking fines or council tax, the council sends people to seize their property. So when the council didn’t even turn up to defend a case over money Gethin says the town owes him for subsidized tenants’ rent, Gethin got the High Court to send bailiffs to seize the council’s property. A bailiff seized computers, printers and TVs — before council officials turned up with cash. Now they want the cash back. In a lawyer’s letter to Gethin, the council said what he’d done was “shocking.” (AC/London24) ...Maybe the council needed a shock.
Original Publication Date: 19 October 2014
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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