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Edinburgh Live
Indigo Stafford

Edinburgh locals fume at police after being warned over 'chats on the bus'

A tweet put out by Edinburgh Police warning locals that ‘not everyone wants to hear your conversation’ when using public transport has been hit with backlash.

On July 16, Edinburgh Police tweeted an image urging capital locals to 'think of others when using public transport’.

The tweet in full read: “Not everyone on the bus or tram wants to hear your conversation. Please #ThinkOfOthers when you are travelling on a bus or tram in #OurCapital.”

But many Edinburgh residents were left both confused and aggravated by the tweet, with hundreds taking to social media to voice their opinion on the caution.

One person said: “The police have really lost sight of their responsibility to enforce the law not teach manners.”

Another bemused resident added: “How is this a police matter?”

A third penned: “The police telling people not to speak to loud on buses....Yup, Scotland in 2021…”

While another raged: “Great to see that having eradicated all crime and disorder @EdinburghPolice can now focus on more pressing issues like talking on trams.”

One local joked: “What you in for mate?"

"Double murder, you?"

"I told my mate the cricket score on a number 38 bus.”

But police defended the tweet saying it was part of a wider campaign to reduce anti-social behaviour.

A Police Scotland spokesperson told Edinburgh Live: "We're assisting partners with a campaign to help reduce anti-social behaviour on public transport in Edinburgh."

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