A young American visitor to London was arrested outside the Coleherne pub in Earls Court, for obstructing the footpath, and — even though he chose to be imprisoned rather than pay a fine — the police removed £7 from his wallet before setting him free.
Jim, the American, was a newcomer to London and after leaving the Coleherne he waited for his friend to come out when the police arrested him for obstructing the footpath.
He was held overnight before appearing at Great Marlborough Street Magistrates Court.
There the magistrate decided to give Jim the choice of paying a £7 fine or going to jail for 14 days. He was taken to a cell, because he chose jail.
Then a policeman came and gave him back his possessions and told him he was free. They had removed the £7 fine.
When Jim was in court he was refused permission to call witnesses. When he was picked up by the police he was called “an American fairy.”
Jim has now left the country.