Asbo spoof prompts angry response

A RETIRED Ipswich man has failed to see the funny side today after a joker sent him a spoof anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) in the post.Tony Crunden, of Foxhall Road, said he was so worried other people may be fooled by the hoax that he took it to the police - who said there was little they could do.

A RETIRED Ipswich man has failed to see the funny side today after a joker sent him a spoof anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) in the post.

Tony Crunden, of Foxhall Road, said he was so worried other people may be fooled by the hoax that he took it to the police - who said there was little they could do.

The 53-year-old said the document looked official in the envelope and could have duped someone who was unsure what a real Asbo looked like into thinking they were in trouble with the authorities.

He said: “Whoever sent it shouldn't be allowed to get away with things like that. I obviously didn't take it seriously but if you don't know different you could get upset.”

The wording of the “order” states it has been issued because the recipient is “too bossy”.

It says it has been issued by the Jobsworth Police and restricts its subject from shouting orders at everyone and demanding things and from trying to control friends and colleagues.

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It is one of 24 “Asbos” available on the Boxer Games website, others 'crimes' for which the joke certificates can be issued include having no dress sense and having awful taste in music.

Mr Crunden said: “I can take a joke but others might not find it amusing as I did. It says 'stop telling people where to go or you won't get those nice jack boots and whip for Christmas'.

“I must admit I wouldn't look nice with jack boots and a whip.”

Mr Crunden said his main concerns were the tone of the foot of the document which reads: “Failure to comply will bring serious consequences and may result in you being tied up and having rocks thrown at you.”

It then states that if the recipient finds out who sent the order, they can kill them.

Mr Crunden added: “It could be inciting people to go round and kill people - not that I would.”

Thomas O'Brien, sales manager for Boxer Games, said he hoped the company's newly launched “No Sense of Humour Asbo” would be more to Mr Crunden's taste.

He said: “As a responsible company we are obviously concerned that someone may not spot that our Funny Asbos are actually spoofs. The fun Asbos that we sell have actually had pre-Christmas sales of in excess of 50,000 pieces, and the only other complaint we have received has been from a recipient of our 'Clever Dick' Asbo who kindly pointed out a spelling mistake for us.

“We feel the complaint to the police justifies that the recipient must be extremely bossy, if he feels that his bossiness could actually be worthy of a court-served Asbo instead of our joke 'Being Too Bossy' Asbo.”

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