Stocks are wonderful devices used for public humiliation, mild beatings, and torture. Obviously a suitable punishment for criminals. The miscreant has his/her head, arms and feet placed through wooden frames to make them immobile. Then the fun begins. At the very least the public can come by and scorn them. They may also use rotten vegetables to throw at them. Some clever individuals would throw fresh cabbages at them. This hurts more. Then there was sometimes, if the crowd was lucky, a good old fashioned horse whipping or even gruesome torture of the deserving criminal. If you can’t stand the pain – don’t do the crime!
Unfortunately in the UK they were stopped in 1872. Wales was the last to actually use them.
Today these toerags have ‘human rights’. Their victims don’t.
In the days of the pit (local name for coal mines), people rose early and slept early, so restaurants tempted customers by lowering the price between 17.00 and 19.00 hours.
If you look carefully, then you will find many special offers and deals in hotels and restaruants if you eat between 17.00 and 19.00.