Local authorities have a responsibility to take immediate enforcement action to protect those who are being harassed or intimidated.
This may be through an injunction or an interim ASBO (which may be obtained without notice to the defendant in Scotland and Northern Ireland) or a Community Protection Notice (in England and Wales) and can provide immediate relief and raise confidence in the ability of local agencies to tackle this sort of anti-social behaviour.
It might be automatic and might stem from early experiences.
What they are protecting themselves from will be unique and individual to each person; although might include underlying feelings of rejection, fear, mistrust, insecurity and/or low self-esteem.
The worker might sulk, make faces, scowl inwardly when given jobs to do or may agree politely and then take ages to do them.
By doing so, he they are showing annoyance in the hope they will not be asked to do those tasks again.
For more information on ASBOs and anti-social behaviour in general, see our sections.