If anything sums up why zero tolerance is a necessary sledge hammer response to tackling bad behaviour then this story does just that.
I was at the club yesterday when a lovely lady related to me an incident which took place at her table at a weekend congress. The behaviour of her two opponents simply begggared belief, because at the end of the round frustration and anger got the better of both of them. What ensued was a shameful outburst of foul mouthed language and abuse. The TD was called over immediately, and a complaint was made about their shameful conduct.
They were both warned that this type of disgusting behaviour must not be repeated, and that swearing at ones' opponents was not acceptable in any circumstances. Furthermore there was going to be a penalty involving the deduction of green points.
On hearing this one of culprits looked aghast and clearly upset about this ruling, clearly intent on mounting a stern defence.
" You sir have got it all wrong.....we were not swearing at them.....we were just bad mouthing each other ! "
Clearly, in their warped and twisted minds........ that made it perfectly all right.