At a popular Dorset resort, staff may be decked out in chairs.
One of Britain’s most popular holiday destinations has lost £200,000 in revenue because officials chose not to hire out deckchairs for fear of criminals using them as weapons.
Visitors to Bournemouth have been able to rent the 3,500 council-owned chairs for over a century. However, they have been noticeably absent from the seafront of the famed Dorset resort this summer.
Vikki Slade, a council member, was told that it was in case they were used to attack workers.
“Even if that were the case, you don’t just get rid of the chairs; you beef up security or have police patrol the beach,” she explained.
“When I inquired about the financial implications, they stated that the budget had been adjusted by £200,000.”
“The wellbeing and safety of our workers, residents, and visitors was a priority in our decision,” a BCP Council official stated.