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From little victories over your bank manager to epic wins over the law - tell us how you've put one over authority. Right on, kids!

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(, Thu 17 Jun 2010, 16:01)
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Jesus Christ
I'm still waiting for someone to show they have balls and do something properly anarchistic.

Every answer this week seems to be, 'I did something menial, petty and infantile to cause someone else some inconvenience to give me a small sense of satisfaction that I've 'stuck it to the man' when in fact all I've done is prove what an utter coward I am'.

Photocopied paperclips? Flipped the bird at a traffic warden? Claimed £1.42 back from officialdom? Stuffed junk mail into envelopes and posted it back? Come on guys, where are the stories about storming up to the CEOs office and punching them in the face? Blowing up your boss's car in revenge for him shafting your wife?

Seems very tame, that's all. Where are the b3tans' balls?

*Puts on flame-proof jacket and waits for keyboard warriors to begin their attack*
(, Fri 18 Jun 2010, 14:39, 20 replies)
"Sticking it to the man"
And indeed the text afterwards generally conjurers up little victories. Nobody here is really an investigative journalist who actually brought down a government department.
(, Fri 18 Jun 2010, 14:45, closed)
I think it's out of modesty...
...I mean, personally, I brought down the entire capitalist system, whilst simultaneously prosecuting a cabal of corrupt politicians, ridding the World of Sexism and Racism, and ending Third World Poverty by breaking the iron grip of Western States on emerging nations.

I'm not going to boast about it on an internet message board, though. That would be very common.
(, Fri 18 Jun 2010, 14:49, closed)
Isn't it possible that the joke implicit in a lot of these stories
is just how workaday they are?
(, Fri 18 Jun 2010, 14:50, closed)
That is true
I'm not having a go at the ironic, funny ones ... just the ones taking themselves too seriously
(, Fri 18 Jun 2010, 14:53, closed)
I'm just waiting for a Legless or Spanky post
Should liven things up a bit. As for now, this is duller than the World Cup, and that's saying something.

I mean for myself I have a few tales of getting even, but most of them are quite boring and workaday, to steal Enzyme's turn of phrase. The one I do have... only a pea, but I'll post it all the same.
(, Fri 18 Jun 2010, 14:54, closed)
Spanky seems to have been absent for a few weeks
Something to do with how his work goes after the budget and that's compounded by a change in government.
(, Fri 18 Jun 2010, 15:18, closed)
duller than the world cup?
I'm finding most of the supposedly best teams being beaten by lesser ones to be quite entertaining.
(, Fri 18 Jun 2010, 15:18, closed)
Especially if they are *spits* French...
... or German.
(, Fri 18 Jun 2010, 15:20, closed)
I think most on here like kittens and Dr Who
so I am thinking you'll have a long wait.
(, Fri 18 Jun 2010, 15:15, closed)
I shot a police woman in the face.
Is that more like it?
(, Fri 18 Jun 2010, 15:18, closed)
That's not nice
I hope you gave her some tissues afterwards.
(, Fri 18 Jun 2010, 15:43, closed)
That is why they have curtains in cheap rooms...
...saves on Kleenex.
(, Tue 22 Jun 2010, 14:16, closed)
I pinched a WPC's bum...

Woo! go me...
(, Mon 21 Jun 2010, 14:05, closed)
I fucked your mum just after you made this post
And then punched her in the face.

How's that?
(, Fri 18 Jun 2010, 15:49, closed)
shafted my boss' car a few years ago (I always knew I'd shag a Princess), does that count?
(, Fri 18 Jun 2010, 16:19, closed)
Bob and Susan always lived hand to mouth
they never had any spare cash because they were always buying stuff on the never-never and the three school age kids didn't help.

So Sue used to sit out in the car park on pay day waiting for Bob's cheque to arrive about 2pm. One day the pay cheques didn't arrive. They were there the next morning so nothing much was said.

That happened the following pay day and on the one after that they were two days late. On the second day about noon Sue had had enough. she stamped into building, straight past the folk out the front desk and gave the manager her view of the topic, You could hear her at the far end of the building. The pays were never late again.
(, Fri 18 Jun 2010, 16:48, closed)
While I respect your opinion;
I can't help but be faintly offended. In our case, we certainly *could* have done more, but *should* we have done more?

The extent of the unethical conduct was both limited and clearly defined, and I believe we reacted appropriately to something we had the ability to fix. Should we have gone out on strike until senior management (who don't work weekends) agreed to our demands for a right we don't have? Taken up a petition? Called the papers? Dragged the branch manager out of his office as a scapegoat and given him wedgies?

Yes, there was plenty more wrong with that place, but this was something we could make right; even for just one day of one year.

It was a little victory for decency; I'm not pretending it was an epic win against evil. I'm well aware we didn't radically change the world for the better, or act in a dramatic fashion. Nor did we definitively stop it from happpening again, but we did create a history of having done it; and once there's a history of something it becomes harder to suppress. Perhaps it gave a couple of a traditionally exploited workforce a little bit of spirit to stand up for right in their lives; we will never know.

I believe that grand gestures from outstanding individuals are all well and good. However they achive little unless a load of other people, perform a load of good acts in support. Would universal suffrage be in place now, if the limits of the campaigners collective efforts had started and finished with Emily Pankhurst?

Edit: And of course, I reckon people are not going to be too willing to confess publically about criminal acts, no matter how well justified.
(, Fri 18 Jun 2010, 17:21, closed)
I would
but I'd get arrested
(, Fri 18 Jun 2010, 18:19, closed)
Obvious troll is obvious

(, Fri 18 Jun 2010, 19:44, closed)
I can see you're trying to stick it to the man here
But you have to win for it to work. Fail.

And besides, the paperclip photocopy story was awesome.
(, Sat 19 Jun 2010, 1:37, closed)

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