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Pub Owner Installs Electric Fence to Enforce Social Distancing


If you find yourself thirsty in Cornwall, England, be wary if you belly up to the bar at the Star Inn. Its owner installed an electric fence to "encourage" social distancing rules amid COVID-19.

Owner Johnny McFadden tells the BBC that there's limited space at his bar, so to keep some elbow room for those bending their elbows, he popped in the barrier, which he described a, "just a normal electric fence that you would find in a field."

When asked if the fence, which is accompanied by yellow warning signs, is "live," McFadden has a stock answer. "Come and find out," he tells the news outlet. "[T]here is a fear factor and it works."

McFadden adds, "When you serve people a drink, they change," meaning they might not be too concerned about keeping their distance after they've had a few. McFadden's found that the fence is a good reminder to maintain that distancing.

"People keep away from it, people are like sheep," he says, adding, "They know it is a fence and don't want to touch it to find out whether it is on or not."

Unsurprisingly, McFadden's insurance agent is a little less cavalier about it.

"He was a bit worried but then that is what he is there for," the pub owner says. "He rang a nephew of mine and said, 'I hope he is not electrocuting people'."

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