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    Posted: 27-May-2013 at 12:15
In common with all other countries England has many long established folk traditions. One of these is taking an English cheese to the top of a very steep hill in Gloucestershire and rolling it all the way down to the bottom. Participants are required to launch themselves from the top in pursuit of the cheese and he who catches it can keep it.   Like many other activities it is not without it's risks and dangers for, truly,
the hill is very steep.  For the past few years the police have sought to ban it because of the risk of injury to those who take part, but people participate nonetheless........and why the Hell shouldn't they ?

Now the police are harassing the ninety year old woman who makes the cheeses, stating that she could be sued by anyone who hurts themselves chasing after her cheese.  In the meantime innocent citizens are being butchered on our streets by Muslim fanatics. Where should their priorities be directed, I wonder ?
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  Quote red clay Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28-May-2013 at 10:29
Easy enough to fix.  I've organized and run similar activities, although not with cheeses.LOL
They need to have a formal sign up process, part of which is a "hold Harmless" contract.  IOW, if you participate, you do so at your own risk.
The next step is to heavily advertise the event and tie it to a regional food fair.  Bringing in extra income for the town will likely bring the local leos onto the right side.
 
Police have the responsibility for maintaining public safety regardless of the situation.  If they view an event as being a possible danger, they have to step in.  In this case I think the concern is more that if someone is injured, they will sue the town gov.
But, like I said above, it's an easy fix.
 
 
 
 
 


Edited by red clay - 28-May-2013 at 10:42
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  Quote Marlin47 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28-May-2013 at 11:07
It's certainly nice to know that there is a solution to this and, indeed, very likely, most other problems, including the following one.

When having a drink in a pub or bar I like to smoke a cigar. Most countries have banned this, but in Germany, more precisely Koblenz where I go regularly, they have their own way of getting round this ban.  When you enter a bar you pay ten euros if you wish to smoke. This gives you membership of a smoking club for the evening once you have signed a register. When you leave you get your money back and then repeat the process when you return the next time. 
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  Quote Sidney Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28-May-2013 at 12:03
The Gloucestershire cheese rolling event has been going on for centuries, and is already a big revenue for the locals. The danger is not so much for the participants hurting themselves (and if you're going to run down a very steep hill and fall over and get trodden on/injured, then that is your own doing, so don't cry about it when it happens), but from stray cheeses and careering chasers roller-coasting into the watching crowd and media, causing injury to person and/or property. People treat these events like its TV or theatre - that they can get up close to see, yet not be involved/harmed - and then complain when real life intervenes. Because its a public event, where people are invited and encouraged to watch, injury to those spectators are the responsibility of the organizers who have encouraged it, regardless as to whether the bystanders should have been more careful/observant themselves.

Its a shame we can no longer just tell people to be responsible for their own well being, and for people to do exactly that. But these laws are there to protect people from unscrupulous organizers, and everyone gets caught in the same net.

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  Quote toyomotor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25-Jan-2014 at 03:22
The police are talking bull!!

They'd have to prove that the cheese was deliberately made for rolling down hills and that the maker had some part in enticing the participants to chase the cheese. If anyone needed a formal disclaimer of liability, it would be the organisers of the Rolling. The owner of the land upon which the rolling takes place should ensure that a Public Liability Insurance Policy is in force for the event.

As for "Personal Responsibility", I think that went out the window when people figured out a way to sue someone for their own stupidity.
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