The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

18 May 2006

Don't be this guy

And by that, I mean this guy:

A labourer was jailed for a month and put on the sex offenders register for seven years after he slapped the bottom of an off-duty policewoman.

Anthony O'Neill, 22, was stunned when he was given the sentence. His relatives are furious and say the punishment is over-the-top for, what they say, was a silly joke. They say he has lost his job and been branded "a pervert".

Imagine that.

After he was arrested, O'Neill admitted: "I have done it before. Some women like it, others don't."

I suspect they may not like it as much as he thinks. Lesley analyzes the matter:

I hate to break it to any man who doesn't already know this, but sometimes women pretend to be okay with something a man has done to avoid what we fear might be a worse consequence if we react negatively.

Having said that, maybe there are some women who like it. So what? How do you identify the ones who do from the ones who don't until after you've committed the act? You can't, unless you know them. The better part of simple civility dictates you don't commit an act that a lot of people might not like on the chance you might find someone who does.

Absent a placard that reads "Please fondle my bum," it would seem prudent to assume that this sort of action would not be welcomed, and pleading silliness will not help your defense.

Posted at 7:58 AM to Table for One


"Please fondle my bum" signs are only seen in the UK.

Posted by: John Salmon at 4:00 PM on 18 May 2006

Heh. Bum fondling here in the U.S. wouldn't be anywhere near as popular.

Posted by: McGehee at 10:57 AM on 19 May 2006

Well, the guy being described was a Brit, so it seemed reasonable to invoke British phraseology, and working in the Hungarian Phrasebook sketch was simply a fringe benefit.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:50 AM on 20 May 2006