The British and queues

Kevin Tripp, an ME sufferer who had a five-year-old daughter, was punched to the floor as he stood by his trolley at a Sainsbury\’s store in south London last June. He collapsed to the ground headfirst and died of brain injuries.

Jurors were told that the 57-year-old had been mistaken for another shopper, who had angrily accused Antonette Richardson of pushing into a queue.

She was so incensed that she rang her boyfriend and summoned him to the store in Merton. Tony Virasami joined her within minutes, took Mr Tripp to be the culprit and said "Don\’t mess with my wife" before striking him "a most almighty" blow, the court heard.

Some take queuing very seriously indeed.

7 comments on “The British and queues

  1. Apparently, random killings are fast becoming as ‘British’ as queueing.

    What seems to be becoming ‘British’ are:
    1. Being rude.
    2. Assaulting anyone one perceives as having been rude or having somehow affronted one’s pride.

    The result is indeed likely to be random killings, as fists and feet applied in rage can kill more easily than enraged brawlers may care to think. According to this book the most common form of murder as far back as records go has been a beating in anger (often whilst drunk).

  2. Apparently, random killings are fast becoming as ‘British’ as queueing.

    Not really; murder rates have been hovering around the 700-800 mark in England and Wales for c.20 years, and fell (albeit trivially) for the most recent year where data is available.

    (latest international comparator data).

    Unless you’re suggesting that deliberate murders of acquaintances are falling, I suppose.

    as fists and feet applied in rage can kill more easily than enraged brawlers may care to think.

    You have to be very unlucky for it to happen on a particular occasion – but if there are, say, 100,000 drunken fights a year, then indeed a death rate of 100-200 would be expected.

  3. You have to be very unlucky for it to happen on a particular occasion

    Indeed so, and although I’m not familiar with the figures the ones you quote don’t look at all unreasonable. I wouldn’t fancy the odds, though.

  4. “She was so incensed that she rang her boyfriend and summoned him to the store in Merton. Tony Virasami joined her within minutes, took Mr Tripp to be the culprit and said “Don’t mess with my wife” before striking him “a most almighty” blow, the court heard.”

    Tony is Antonette’s boyfriend
    but
    Antonette is Tony’s wife
    ???

  5. A “wife” in the same way that the two kids of the odious Karen Matthews that were fathered by the same father were “twins”?

  6. “murder rates have been hovering around the 700-800 mark in England and Wales for c.20 years”: is that achieved by slight of hand with definitions, or is it due to the heroic advances in A & E?

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