Ahead of kick off at Celtic Park this afternoon, the Green Brigade held their annual foodbank collection. In recent years, these collections have broken UK collection records with tonnes of food and thousands of pounds being donated.
One would think that such charitable actions would be commended and endorsed. Not only is the group’s charitable proclivity in keeping with Celtic’s raison detre – raising funds to support The Poor Children’s Dinner and Breakfast Tables within the parishes of St Mary’s, St Michael’s and Sacred Heart – but it is also provides vital relief to poor and hungry families at Christmas time.
Despite those altruistic efforts, Police Scotland deemed it fit to issue four parking fines to the collection vans waiting to transport items to the foodbanks.
Quite incredibly, the police have arrived to hassle Celtic fans collecting for the foodbank. They have opted to fine the collection vans for being parked whilst collecting and gathering food for Glasgow’s poorest ahead of Christmas. 4 fines issued of £60 each. pic.twitter.com/inTa6lo2U4
— FAC (@FACKilltheBill) November 28, 2021
A more appropriate course of action may have been to show some understanding and politely ask for the vehicles to be moved. By all accounts this did not happen and fining charitable organisations was the preferred option.
The event was as alarming as it was inappropriate, particularly when one considers the possible alternative uses of police resources which could be a better use of the public purse in the city.