I’m sure I can’t be the only London commuter who’s transfixed by the flashing judge case. It’s not so much the nature of the offence, it’s the reported reaction – or lack of reaction – of his fellow commuters that’s got me fascinated. The arresting officer said ‘It would be a very extraordinary thing to do, to have walked on to a crowded commuter rail service with one’s penis hanging out. If that had happened I would have expected somebody to point it out’ – but that just goes to show how little he travels on the trains. Would you have pointed it out? Or would you, as the witness herself claims she did, decide simply to pretend nothing was happening, to avoid drawing attention to him because it might have been an accident? I’d have thought that if he did have his zip undone by mistake, the kindest thing would be to let him know, before anyone else noticed, but I can sympathise with the whole burying-ones-head-in-the-sand – or in this case, the newspaper – reaction to a flasher.
I like to think I’d have said something if it happened to me, but I’m not sure I would. I know I wouldn’t have had the presence of mind to get my camera out and take a photo. But I do know one thing – I’d have rushed home and blogged about it straight away. Do you think that would stand up in court?