Oh you wuss Osbawn. If you don't pay your taxes you go to jail. If you won't go do you think they just let you off? No, they blimmin well throw you in, just like that.
If you don't pay your fare you have to get off the train. If you won't get off is it just a case of sit there and hope they leave you alone? I can play that game.
No, it doesn't happen all over the world.. or should I say to a much lesser extent..
I'm not excusing fair evasion
I think fair evasion's fair enough. And School Fair evasion's even fairer.
Roger Fife* I was caught going through the turnstile without a ticket on the new York subway (another story some other time) and arrested by two police officers. They took me to the special room to process me so i could be taken down to 'the tombs' (main holding station downtown Manhattan) but almost immediately let me go with a smile and a wave. Why ? because the arresting officer was also called James Walsh.
So the city pays .... round about three times as much then in 1/ The Policeman's time 2/ providing a hotel room for two nights with breakfast 'thrown in' 3/ transport to the police station.. whereas a fine would suffice..
It's all a question of priorities ..
I'm not sure the miserly Harringay Council Tax payers would consider that a good deal..
But if the knowledge that fare evasion could land you in jail deters 100 potential fare dodgers the economics might look a bit different ?
Jail doesn't work as a deterrent .. you are surely aware of that.. If it did, there would be no crime..
I think the knowledge that you will be caught is much more of a deterrent than the knowledge that you "may" go to jail.
It used to be a £10 fine. Is that still the case?