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    UK: Hampshire workmen paint white lines around dead badger

    BBC News - Hampshire workmen paint white lines around dead badger


    The dead badger has been removed and the lines will be painted.

    Workmen painting white lines on a road left a gap for a dead badger because they said it was not their responsibility to move it.
    The animal had been killed about a week before on the A338 near Downton, on the Hampshire-Wiltshire border.
    Hampshire County Council said the workers did what they thought "was best" because it is the district council's job to remove carcasses.
    The badger has now been removed and the painting will be completed on Friday.
    The county council said there would be no extra cost to taxpayers because the company was being paid a fixed rate for the job.

    I drove home to see his body between the lines - they had painted the road, but left a gap where he lay” Businessman Kevin Maul

    Businessman Kevin Maul was on his way home from work when he noticed the break in the lines.
    He said: "I couldn't quite believe my eyes when I saw this poor old badger who had been there over a week.
    "I'd seen him every day as I went by and wondered if he was going to be picked up.
    "Then on Friday I drove home to see his body between the lines - they had painted the road, but left a gap where he lay."
    Hampshire County Council is responsible for the line painting but New Forest District Council is responsible for clearing road kill.
    The two failed to arrange the clearance before line painting began.
    'Not trained' Mel Kendal, county council environment chief, said: "We would usually liaise with our colleagues at the district council who dispose of animal carcasses on the highways to ensure the badger was removed before the white line painting crew did this stretch of road.
    "This appears not to have happened in this case and the white line painting crew did what they thought was best until arrangements could be made to dispose of the carcass.
    "These arrangements have now been made and the gap in the white lines will be filled in, at no extra cost to the council tax payer."
    Council contractor Amey said the staff from sub-contractor Bellstan were not "licensed or trained" to remove road kill.

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    .....were not "licensed or trained" to remove road kill.

    .... were not "licenced or trained" to remove pants before going pee pee ...

    WTF !!!

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    It was clearly out of respect for the deceased badger. Placing restricted overtaking lines front/back of the poor blighter until an offical and more caring member of the local authority was available to remove the corpse to a much safer and appropriate environment has my approval. RIP Brock

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    I wouldn't have swept it up either. That needs more than removing, it needs hosing down, the lot.

    I couldn't quite believe my eyes when I saw this poor old badger who had been there over a week
    Didn't fancy removing it himself?

    Fuck him.

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    Poor wee thing, they should have swept him up a few days ago

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    they should have swept him up a few days ago
    councils have, or should have, more productive ways of spending public money than rushing out to sweep up every little creature that gets itself killed on the roads. just another waste of taxpayers money, like these employees claiming they were untrained to perform "kicking the corpse over to the side of the road"

    RIP Brock
    Poor wee thing
    its a dead animal ffs, when alive they would gnaw your leg off if you bothered it, they used to eat them in the uk during world war 2, and where would us blokes get our shaving and paint brushes from if we couldnt use their hair.

    please, no sentimentality for these weasels, like all of us. we live, we die, its over.

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    Pity they couldn't just re-align the badger so the stripe was facing the right way.

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    lateral thinking at its best

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    You have to remember this is the UK. No doubt if the 'untrained' workman moved Brock to the gutter, some numpty cyclist would hit him, fall off and sue the council for a fortune.

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    I'm waiting for a story about how the local authority is now spending millions of pounds constructing a special badger crossing.

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    It's not their job, simple as.

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    ..but it is their job to paint white lines on the road, which they failed to do.

    Maybe it would have been more appropriate to lift the badger, paint the lines, and then replace the badger.

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    Council workers eh? What a hodge podge mob. They wear the badge and still bodge the badger job.

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    Things would have been different had it been a beaver.

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    Smeg was taking a sicky?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thormaturge View Post
    Things would have been different had it been a beaver.
    They would've eaten it.

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    Badgers carry tuberculosis, which is highly contagious. I don't blame those workers at all.

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    Painting lines over badgers could be construed as "baiting" them, which is fortunately illegal now.

    I'm not sure if badgering baiters is though..?

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile
    please, no sentimentality for these weasels, like all of us. we live, we die, its over.
    Not weasels, badgers.....a lot bigger.

    [QUOTE="Latindancer"]Badgers csrry tuberculosis

    First I've heard of that. Thought TB was an airborne thing

    [QUOTE="taxexile"]when alive they would gnaw your leg off if you bothered it

    More ignorance. Badgers are the timidest of animals

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    Badgerwatch Homepage - Unfortunately it's not what I thought it was about

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    In the USA or Thailand they would have painted over the unfortunate critter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer
    Badgers carry tuberculosis, which is highly contagious
    Quote Originally Posted by pompeybloke
    First I've heard of that. Thought TB was an airborne thing
    They are reputed to carry bovine tuberculosis. I've never heard that it's been proven & I doubt the workmen were cattle.

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    [QUOTE=pompeybloke;1505488]

    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile
    Badgers are the timidest of animals

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