You can't leave your hat on

Pub customer told his hat obscured security camera

Jan 19, 2006 - A customer at a Green King pub called the company's edict forcing him to remove his hat "madness" after a barmaid at the Monument in Hereford told him that it was obscuring the newly installed CCTV cameras.


Colin Osborne, 64, said his other choice was being tossed out of the pub.

"I was annoyed, I was put out and I was surprised," Osborne said. "I couldn't understand why my poor old trilby should offend anyone."

A Greene King spokesman said that the recently installed cameras were for the safety and security of customers, and had been welcomed by residents and licensing authorities.

Osborne, who worked in public relations for brewers Bulmers and Courage, disagreed. "Had I been handling [Greene King's] PR, I'd have taken a more sensible approach," he said.

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