Saturday, 4 October 2008

ASBOs and Botox....a heady mix...

My week gets weirder. Just before going into a meeting on Thursday about an ASBO with the police I popped to the loo. I can no longer leave it more than 45 minutes between each visit, even less if I've had a cup of tea... Anyhoo, the loo was the usual local authority model, slightly grubby, a bit whiffy with a couple of wavy mirrors and a 500 watt bulb. All combining to make you look like Grayson Perry on a bad day. As I applied some lippy, a blond woman came out of the cubicle and started to wash her hands. We started chatting as you do and within 30 seconds she had confessed to using botox, having an eye lift and getting her boobs done. Too much information! She also confessed to being in her late 40's (!). I must've looked aghast as she then said that the botox hadn't agreed with her and had only lasted 3 weeks. I didn't ask about the boobs or her eyes as to be honest she looked completely mad. Her hair on closer inspection was bleached and resembled candy floss and her hands were, well, like claws. She asked if I'd had anything done (bloody cheek) and I said that I coloured my hair and waxed my eyebrows. She then said that I really should think about it as it had transformed her life! Eeeek! What the heck had she looked like before? I was rescued by my PC friend hollering 'ASBO!' throught the door.

So into the meeting. The discussion was centered on a very troubled teen who has just about stretched everyones patience to the limit. Usual story , troubled family, broken home etc etc. She had been arrested for several incidences of criminal damage, assault, racist taunting and general all round pain in the arseness. She can be lovely. She has a bright future in sport as she is a talented runner. She is a great cook. She is also a bloody nightmare and has absolutely no respect for authority, or empathy for any of the victims of her behaviour. So, time to act. This girl has had hours and hours of my time, never mind all the other agencies involved with her. A waste of time? Maybe. But you cannot allow a teenager to hold a community to ransom with her behaviour or continue to act in a way that will end in prison for her, at best. So hence the ASBO. Lets see what happens....

Hmm, botox? Had a closer look at myself in that mirror and thought yes, something needs to be done.! Went home and slathered on that cream from Boots and booked an eyebrow wax....

2 comments:

Moannie said...

We all read the papers, watch tv shows about disturbed teenagers and tut tut, saying things like 'need a good shaking' 'thank god mine are not like that''I blame the parents' 'too many handouts' and on ad nauseum...but few of us do anything to help. I so admire you, not least because it must be soul destroying to see so many kids with the potential to live a happy and productive life...doing all they can to antagonize the very people who are trying to help them.

We get the face we deserve...bet yours is beautiful.

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