On my way to work this morning I noticed one of those new anti-terrorism posters on the tube. Unfortunately, I’m a little bit confused about the mixed message conveyed by the poster, which consists of a picture of a person on a tube looking at an unattended bag, and has the following text:
“Who owns this bag? Don’t touch, check with other passengers, inform station staff, or call 999”
So, if I’ve got this right, they don’t want us to do anything?
Why not? Why shouldn’t we check with other passengers? Wouldn’t calling 999 be a good idea (although admittedly difficult to do on most of the underground network)?
Or is this just a case of some idiot’s appalling grammar conveying the exact opposite of what was intended?