Who Needs Love Island…
VAR. 3 letters that meant little to most of us a few months ago, but since the World Cup everyone know that it stands for Video Assistant Referee.
The jury is still out on whether it is going to be good for the game or not, I’m certain it will be and by the time the next World Cup comes around I’m sure that we will all be wondering how the game could ever be played without it.
So, if video assistants are going to change the future of football, how could it change our day to day lives?
There is an increasing number of people that now have cameras on their doorbells, cameras on the dashboard of their cars, cameras in their house so they can see what the dog is up to whilst they are down the pub, cameras in the garden, cameras on the phones, cameras strapped to their heads whilst riding their bikes, cameras strapped to their chests whilst doing a sky dive, cameras on their laptops whilst typing emails. Basically, cameras are now everywhere.
It doesn’t seem long ago that people in my hometown objected to the police putting up cameras in the local night spots where trouble was taking place, as it was an “invasion of privacy”. Now nobody seems bothered that we are all having our every move monitored by camera, with a large number of people happy to post these videos on one of the many forms of social media for the world to see.
So, if we are constantly monitored by cameras, why don’t we start using the video to settle disputes and arguments in the workplace and home?
The next time I’m asked, “who has left the kids school bags on the sofa?” I’m going to walk across the room whilst drawing a square in the air with both hands, before replaying “living room cam” to prove my innocence. I can then declare, “I believe it was you dear”.
In the workplace, we can have a camera in the warehouse. When Caroline is handing out her daily rollicking to the warehouse team, George can now use “warehouse cam” to prove his innocence when accused of sending the wrong product to one of our customers. George can stroll across the warehouse whilst drawing the square in the air to prove that he isn’t the guilty party.
I’m not sure I can use the video assistance to prove who left the toilet seat up or who used the last sheet of toilet roll without replacing it, but I’m sure in a few years’ time people won’t even object to that.
This could be a real game-changer, no more arguments, no more pleading innocence without having evidence to back it up. I’m going to set up a new website called VAD.com (Video assistance Direct) you can buy the cameras of us, we will have a portal that saves all of your cameras footage, so you can log in on your smartphone to play it back. You will even be able to prove your innocence when you are on a business trip on the other side of the world.
Who needs love island when you can have your very own reality show at work and home?
If you want to be VAD’s first customer, please let me know?