‘Transphobic’ students lose thousands in spot-fine con
A GROUP of FIFTY university students were duped into parting with £ 3,500 after a con man pretended to fine them for using non- PC language.
The man, who is still at large, dressed in an official looking uniform and patrolled coffee rooms, canteens and bars at Salford University campus.
When he overheard a student say something even remotely “racist, sexist, transphobic or anti- semetic” he struck.
He would hand the “offender” a form to fill in and tell them they were being given a spot fine for language no longer acceptable in a learning environment.
The con man would then ask for between £ 50 and £ 100 as a penalty – or threaten them with expulsion.
Police say he even had a machine to take card payments which helped convince pupils he was legitimate.
But a university source said: “This is not our policy. Of course, we take offensive language seriously, but this is not how we deal with such infractions.”
A police source added: “These students were so terrified about being outed as non- tolerant they just went along with him.
“He’s a very clever chap and we hope to catch him before he does more damage.” – Jimmy Carr