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A Moral Dilemma

Posted on Saturday 24th February 2007 at 00:00
A few weeks ago we received a text from A that informed us that he'd cancelled the TV license on the house since none of us were prepared to buy it from him when he left. On that fateful day the TV was unplugged and has not been watched since.

A few days ago we received a letter through the post from the TV licensing people. It wasn't addressed to us, but we opened it anyway. It was to inform a previous resident from last year that their TV license would expire at the end of April. The letter seems to be suggesting therefore that actually there is a TV license on the house at the moment.

Now, our moral dilemma is this: Is it ok to use our TV under a license that isn't ours and which we haven't paid for? After all, it isn't our fault that it wasn't cancelled when it should have been. And money has been paid to ensure that this house is covered by a license so the BBC aren't loosing out.

On the other hand, some might argue that we are technically stealing, even if it is a case of finders keepers. We don't know the owner of the license nor why they paid up until this April, nearly a whole year after they left.

We want to watch TV, but none of us are prepared to pay for it because of the stupid way in which TV licenses are managed and the lack of worth watching stuff on the box.

Would it be so wrong for us to watch TV using someone else's license without their permission? I put the question to you, oh internet.

P.S I STOLE the picture from the TV Licensing website

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