The city council of a British city near the Wales isn’t taking too kindly to how a group of pranksters are responding to a new “Public Space Protection Order,” designed to address “anti-social behavior issues” in the area.
The pranksters are going around placing humorous protest plaques on park benches in a reflection of a public backlash against the order. Thousands of residents have signed a petition requesting that the order be abolished, saying it criminalizes the homeless.
Even though the council has removed the plaques, most the area residents found them funny and support the prankster’s campaign, with a resounding 82% voicing their approval in a poll.
Maria Byrne, head of place operations for Cheshire West and Chester Council, told the Chester Chronicle.
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“We have removed the plaques from five benches and although they may appear humorous, some people may find them offensive,” Maria Byrne, head of place operations for Cheshire West and Chester Council, told the Chester Chronicle.
“It has cost the Council taxpayer money for officers to locate and remove them.
“If anyone knows who is responsible we would like to hear from them.”
“This was all done in good grace and with no malice or thought of financial gain,” One of the pranksters told the Chronicle.
“We just hope the residents and visitors of Chester enjoyed them while they could.”
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