You re booked: for being a vigilante apostrophe pedant

Helpful crime? A self-styled grammar vigilante has revealed how he has changed offending shop signs under cover of dark for over a decade. In a less conventional zero-tolerance stance on bad punctuation than Lynne Truss s bestseller Eats, Shoots & Leaves , the man wields a broom handle with two sponges at one end to apply stickers to dozens of missing and misplaced apostrophes on the highest shop banners.

The jury s out on whether the middle-aged vigilante, who won t reveal his identity, has actually committed any crime. He claims his efforts are needed to bring an end to the improper use of English. But even more pedantic critics suggest he should start by correcting his own alias as apostrophes are punctuation marks. I m a grammar vigilante. I do think it s a cause worth pursuing. I have felt extremely nervous. The heart has been thumping, he told the BBC. embedded content Some owners of shops and commercial premises who have fallen foul of the apostrophe vigilante are not bothered by his actions. However, Jason Singh who owns a tailors called Tux & Tails, claims that he potentially faces paying thousands of pounds for his new vinyl sign to be corrected, because the omission of the apostrophe in Gentlemens was corrected.

We think it s paint, and this is vinyl, so if we have to replace it you re looking at a few thousand pounds At the end of the day I d have preferred him to come in and tell me, said Singh, who thinks there may even be grounds for a police complaint. And if his name is revealed, I ll be sending him an invoice for the damages, he added. A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said the force was unaware of any complaints being lodged, but any permanent damage caused could provide grounds for police intervention. Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Visit IFSEC International for exclusive access to every security product on the market, live product demonstrations and networking with thousands of security professionals. From access control and video surveillance to smart buildings, cyber, border control and so much more. It is the perfect way to keep up to date, protect your business and enhance your career in the security industry. Click here to register your place now to join us at London Excel on 20 22 June 2017.

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