Friday, December 09, 2005

Impersonating a Public Servant

I just spoke with a caregiver whom I spoke to for the first time. She told me that she was too scared to feed the cats under her block anymore because she had been told by someone living in her block that feeding is illegal. The woman yelled at the caregiver (who told me she cleans up) and the woman told her that if she caught her again, she would call the police. The woman claimed to be a government servant who would get her into trouble.

If you are faced with someone threatening you like that, and you are sure that you have cleaned up properly (remember feeding is NOT a crime, littering is), then tell them to go ahead.

If someone claims to be a government servant/police officer/etc, ask for their namecard, or if they don't have one with them, for their full name, and department they work for. Some people have been known to make up stories to scare feeders.

It is a crime to impersonate a public servant. This is in Section 170 of the Penal Code. Due to the various conditions involved in posting a hyperlink from the website, please go to the Penal Code at Singapore Statutes OnLine and look up Section 170.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Search for the details of public servants here

It is great to empower care-givers with their rights and not be intimdated with these bullies!

9/12/05 7:17 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes good link Anonymous - it's on my list of links too. Some caregivers have been threatened, had money almost extorted, etc and it's horrible to live in fear that the next time you go down to manage the cats, you're going to get arrested.

9/12/05 7:24 PM  

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