Suspicious Acts

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Britain’s advertising watchdog group is cracking down on a new radio ad, from the police department.

The Advertising Standards Authority says the new anti-terrorist hotline is offensive towards ordinary citizens. The hotline commercial lists examples of suspicious behavior the police department links to terrorism. But at least 18 listeners have already complained saying the commercial could lead to innocent people being targeted and neighbors growing suspicious of each other.

The commercial says “the man at the end of the street likes to keep to himself. He pays with cash because he doesn’t have a bank card and he keeps his curtains closed because his home is on a bus route. This may mean nothing but together could add up to you having suspicions.”

A police spokesperson says the behaviors described were based on trends identified by police and often linked to terrorist acts. But the Standards Authority says while the ad has a reasonable tone listeners could become easily offended. They have shelved this particular ad in the month long campaign but it was just one in a series. No word on what the other ads say but you might want to keep your curtains open. Big brother is recruiting.