A group of 20- and 30-somethings — plastic Solo cups in hand — was relaxing on the town beach in Hull last weekend when a couple of police officers descended on them like cormorants. Following a five-minute conversation with the officers, the entire group folded up their beach chairs, packed up their coolers, and trudged off dejectedly toward their rental property nearby.
Few sentences are more annoying than those starting with the phrase, “In Europe, they . . . ” But face it: It’s hard to imagine a similar scene taking place on a beach in Greece, Spain, or Italy.