Tuesday 24 August 2010 12.14pm
I know that there has been much on this website about the awful London Bridge Eexperience and its treatment of people trying to use the Tooley Street
pavement, but I wanted to mention to you all my personal experience last week.
We were walking home towards Bermondsey Street
when a chubby man with white and red face make-up one stepped in front of me and approached my girlfriend. He leaned aggressively over her, forcing his face within cms of her face and moved his fistful of leaflets to within inches of her eyes. I found this gratuitous and intimidatory act grossly offensive towards my girlfriend and I told him to leave her alone. At this point he spun around and starting abusing me instead. As we attempted to continue our walk home this man yelled repeatedly for us to 'walk away' and 'keep walking' whilst chasing us down Tooley Street
, in full view of open-mouthed tourists.
I found his behaviour far too extreme and I don't think that this incidence could have given a good impression of what claims to be a family attraction. It is quite enough that I have to put up with the noises and the silly guillotine set-up every single day. I am surprised that have permission to take over so much of the pavement.
I emailed three addresses that I have found on their website - email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com - and also firstname.lastname@example.org at the Council and none of them seem to care about the negative impact that this monstrosity has on the local populace.
I also spoke to a policeman standing near LBE on Thursday morning and he suggested that I 'go down to Southwark nick' but he wouldn't take a statement himself. He did say that the LBE did have some new staff, but that is no excuse.
Is there anything else that I, or we, can do about them and their unpleasant marketing tactics?