Come to think of it, the police were probably acting unlawfully, nicking bootlaces and braces. I remember thinking that at the time, but none of us mouthed off about it.
Apart from talking my way out of getting nicked for trying to bunk into the cinema in Lewisham through a back exit (which wasn't really 'mouthing off' apart from the fact that I remember grinning at one of the coppers and saying, "Come on, mate, if someone had really seen us from a window, you wouldn't be just talking to us, you'd be taking us down the station"), the only time I can remember anyone complaining about something was when my mate Mark decided he was going to march into the police station to complain about something. I remember going with him. I remember he was as angry as hell. I remember his complaint wasn't listened to.
But I can't remember what he was actually complaining about! I must be getting old.
Does anyone else from 'back in the day' remember any times when someone actually 'talked back' to a copper?
I still bloody do talk back to them, and write letters of complaint to all and sundry if they are like the ignorant twats we encountered in Margate a few years ago.
And they still ignore the public entirely, despite all their new-fangled 'customer charters' etc.