A SELF-styled “glamour model” who leafleted hundreds of homes in East Dunbartonshire looking for “generous” rich friends has lodged a complaint with the council.
Trading Standards announced it would be probing the bizarre leaflet which was delivered to homes in Kirkintilloch, Lenzie, Bishopbriggs and further afield.
The woman, who works and trades under the ‘artist name’ Elizabeth Bentley, says she is a “young, international fashion and glamour model and typical girl next door, based next to Bishopbriggs”.
It goes on to say she is looking to make new friends, “especially friendly, kind and very generous and solvent older gentleman and women (45-99 years) for friendship and who are happy to help me advance my lifestyle and who ideally enjoy DIY, gardening, dining in and out and nature walks and having a great life”.
However, local residents raised concerns and Trading Standards officers at the council announced they were investigating.
That angered Bentley, who has threatened legal action against the authority.
She has also pledged to send out 2.4 million more leaflets over the next six months within a 70 to 100-mile radius of Glasgow.
In an e-mail to the Herald, she said: “I am neither displaying anything illegal on my leaflet nor am I doing anything illegal.
“I am looking to make the right kind of friends who match my social circle and social status.”
On her website, Bentley has a list of gifts people can buy her, including a four-bedroom house in Milngavie, costing £550,000, and a boat.
The Herald received several calls and e-mails from concerned residents about the leaflet
A dad from Lenzie said: “My 10-year-old son picked up the leaflet and passed it to my wife. We were absolutely flabbergasted.
“The tone of the wording is worrying. The leaflet is not in an envelope and is going into houses with young children.”
A Kirkintilloch woman whose grandparents also received the leaflet, said: ”People are understandably outraged by this leaflet.
“They were astounded at the audacity of it and feel it is very offensive.”
Ann Davie, East Dunbartonshire Council’s head of customer relations, said: “The council received a complaint from an Elizabeth Bentley on August 14.
“In line with our formal complaints process the council will follow up Ms Bentley’s complaint and respond within 20 working days.
“Our Trading Standards team are also looking into the matter. We have received no formal notification of court proceedings against the council.”
A spokesperson for Strathclyde Police said they were aware of the leaflet and that no crime had been committed that they could see.
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