Picket Report, Dave Bird

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From: Dave Bird 
Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology
Subject: Re: Picket Report - East Grinstead (UK)
Date: Sat, 8 Apr 2000 23:33:24 +0100
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In article, John Ritson
 writes:
>Eventually it turned out that other people had been at Saint Hill
>looking for us. Bonnie Woods dropped by and Roland turned up and at
>about 3:00 we started picketing outside the Scientologists' bookshop
>and 'Information Centre' in the town. We were at least doing better 
>than the bookshop, where we had only seen one person go in all 
>afternoon.

 I got up at 05:30 and was all prepared to travel, but had some
 problems that kept me tied up in Brum.  When these couldn't be
 resolved by 10:00am in time to arrive for the last planned
 action (at 14:00), I just had to give up and grind my teeth;
 though I talked to people on their mobiles during the day.

>finally
>a man appeared. They tried the "Death Stare" but the only effect was
>laughter. Perhaps the stare does not work through glass?

 Hmmm.
>
>Maybes the lack of response (apart from the "Death Stare") was
>because
>of the presence of Bonnie. After her court victory, 

 She owes me a drink __next time__ I'm in East Clambed then.....

>The police turned up in response to a complaint from the
>Scientologists,
>and made it clear to the Scientologists that we had a perfect right
>to
>picket. They had objected to us standing in front of their window, to
>which the police response was "If people can't stand in front of shop
>windows, how are the shops ever going to sell anything?". 

 BWAAH!  sensible police.

>The
>shopkeeper
>had also complained about our boom box giving out a 'distorted
>noise'.
 
 I deny it, I wasn't there signing at all.  (The cheek of it, too:
 that PA is superbly low distortion!).

>Hardly a career-friendly way of describing 'Source'.


>We handed out leaflets and had interesting chats with local people.
>The
>nervous 'we don't want to annoy Scientology' reaction that we had
>seen
>on our first visit seems to have gone.
>
>So it all turned out pretty well in the end.

 Excellent.  See you at the next one, then...........



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