Thrusting young entrepreneurs have burgers 'n' porn van shut down

17 June 2010

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It’s the kind of story that would bring a tear to the eye of Sir Alan Sugar – a tale of classic British entrepreneurial spirit being cut away at the knee by needless red tape and regulation.

Two men have been arrested after they allegedly gave away free porn DVDs from their burger van. Customers were offered a free bongo film with their burgers if they spent more than £5 at the van, which was operating out of a garden in Driffield, East Yorkshire.

To help customers make the £5 minimum purchase required to trigger the free porn giveaway, beer was also sold from the van, in spite of the fact that neither of the arrested men had a licence for selling alcohol or hot food.

Police licensing officer PC Carolyn Grundy said: "Porn was being played on a TV inside the caravan when we arrived on Saturday night. It is unbelievable customers were being offered porn DVDs with their beer and burgers at an outlet that did not even have the necessary licences. The operation went well and we are now looking at the evidence to see what offences have been committed.”

We say... is it any wonder Britain is in the state that it’s in when a couple of enterprising young chaps can’t set up a caravan in a garden and incentivise new customers with an offer that they’ll find hard to resist?

Screw you UK PLC, screw you!

TOPICS:   Restaurants

12 comments

  • bummble
    hmmmmm, can I look at the evidence too :o)
  • Morocco
    Serves them right for having that scummy badge next to the window. LALAS.
  • 3dtv
    Yeah, I noticed the mackem badge as well. They deserve to be shot for crimes against football.
  • Nobby
    What is the problem, giving away porn or selling beer without a license? It seems the police have not decided that yet.
  • kev
    must have been female police, if they were blokes they'd have been easily bribed ; )
  • Umbongo C.
    the police are a load of bloody spoilsports. it's actions like this that cause millions of people to be on the dole watching jeremy kyle
  • Amanda H.
    Its not fair, kids have the happy meal!?
  • Junkyard
    "It is unbelievable customers were being offered porn DVDs with their beer and burgers at an outlet that did not even have the necessary licences." If these men had the proper food and drink licenses, police would have turned a blind eye to the porn?
  • zeddy
    @ Junkyard :"If these men had the proper food and drink licenses" What food license would they need? In a garden you aren't trading on the street.
  • Jack
    HAha great stuff, only in Britain would you find this - burgers, beer and porn being sold by kids out of a caravan in a back garden. With personalised telephone service.
  • -]
    Zeddy: "'Street' is defined as any road, footway or any other area not being within permanently enclosed premises, within seven metres of any road or footway to which the public have access without payment." I would imagine their garden is within 7metres of a road. "You may not need a licence if you are trading on private land seven metres from a public highway. If this is the case, it is important that you have the permission of the landowner. If you are the landowner, you may need planning permission".
  • Laura
    I'm from Driffield where this 'burgers and porn' van was. Firstly it wasn't in someone's garden, it was parked on an access road that runs between two roads, which just happens to be around the back of the town's night club. And the two 'men' are actually a couple of boys aged 15 and 16, and the adult who is assumed to be the brains behind the operation did runner and let the two boys take all of the 'credit'. And the van was actually in business for well over a month, the police have just claimed it was up and running for two weeks to save face. Yes it was a good idea, in theory, but the food was very bad, several people i know who bought food from there ended up being very ill afterwards. Check out http://www.angryflatcap.wordpress.com for the whole story. It is a fantastic blog by a local guy why is an amazing journalist/writer.

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