'What is this doing on page A4 of the Herald,' you might ask. 'Should there really be this story - about a confiscated rooster being kept in a police lockup overnight - right next to "Keep anti-smacking law [sigh], urges children's advocate"?' But there's a better question: when are national stereotypes OK? The answer is: when they're about the French.
What the article leaves out is that the man (or homme in French) was carrying a baguette and wearing a beret, striped shirt and a string of garlic around his neck. I, for one, am impressed by the Herald's new, un-PC approach to reporting on foreigners (or 'overstayers', as I like to call them), and I can't wait to see it rolled out across all nationalities. Just think of the next time an Indian dairy is robbed, or when a Korean student wants to have a baby here. Because that's going to happen, right?
Jill Hill, customer services officer "in charge of all roosters" [LOL], was less than thrilled to find the special guest when she arrived at work.
[...] I said to the senior (sergeant) 'well if nobody comes to pick it up we'll have to ring the SPCA. I can't stand it'."
Her wish was granted mid-morning, when a man walked in and announced "I come to pick up my rrrooster".