One hundred million people worldwide watched the attempt to rescue the Thames whale on TV and an equal number of traffic wardens descended on the cars and vans of the British Diver Rescue team at Westminster Bridge, while they were in the water doing their job.
“Look mate, I don’t care if your’e rescuing a whale or a haddock come that, your meter has expired and that’s that!”
The group's chairman, Alan Knight, lamented: "It upsets me a bit that we are facing over £300 worth of bills. I guess they have got a job to do. However, all of our cars have 'marine ambulance' on the side or 'marine medics'... and I would have hoped they would have given us the benefit of the doubt."
No chance. The rescuers now face a £5k bill for their failed operation. I wonder if they paid their congestion charge, if not Capita may yet set the bailiffs on them.
You might have thought that the Ken the Mayor would have let them off! No votes in whales though.