Deanna Durbin, call your office:
The village store where Mrs Burt works was contacted by the PRS earlier this year to warn them that a licence was needed to play a radio within earshot of customers.
When the shop owner decided to get rid of the radio as a result, Mrs Burt said she began singing as she worked.
She told the BBC news website: "I would start to sing to myself when I was stacking the shelves just to keep me happy because it was very quiet without the radio.
"When I heard that the PRS said I would be prosecuted for not having a performance licence, I thought it was a joke and started laughing.
"I was then told I could be fined thousands of pounds. But I couldn't stop myself singing.
"They would need to put a plaster over my mouth to get me to stop, I can't help it."
Luckily, the story of the singing shop-worker has a happy ending; the Performing Right Society (PRS) sent Mrs. Burt an apology, a bouquet of flowers, and their best wishes on her singing. Still, can you imagine the nanny-statism of needing a special license to play a radio in one's business where customers can hear it, let alone being threatened with a fine for singing?
Of course, if businesses here had to pay a special license in order to blare inappropriate music or mount dozens of large screen TVs featuring anything from glorified advertising to the cesspool of daytime television, it might be a good thing. I'd rather listen to a cheery amateur like Mrs. Burt singing her heart out that have to put up with any of that--but as an American, I'd rather convince businesses to switch off the noise the good old American way, by complaining to management and threatening to shop elsewhere.