What I wrote at Lib Dem Voice

August 06, 2007

The law is an ass, No. 93

So I’m buying a new set of cutlery, when the sales assistant tells me there’s a problem: he can’t serve me. Erm, why not, I ask: I’ve brought money with me and everything.

Turns out he’s 17, and so cannot sell a knife to me. Even knives whose power of serration will scarcely trouble poached salmon. He calls over a colleague, who keys in her number to his till, and he then sells me my new set of cutlery.

Thank goodness for the protections afford by that law. Imagine the chaos that might rein if 17 year-olds were freely able to sell cutlery?

He’s old enough to join the army and die for his country, mind.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of an event in Tallinn, Estonia, during the Soviet era. I went to the local department store and wanted to buy a miniature Estonian flag as a souvenir. (Actually they didn't have much else than souvenirs in the whole department store, the shelves were mostly empty.) So I tried to hand the flag to a sales assistant, but she refused. Turned out that she was the wrong sales assistant. There were three of them. I handed the flag to one of them, and she gave me a piece of paper with the price. I handed the piece of paper to the first sales assistant, who charged me while the third sales assistant was wrapping the flag in paper. Then I could redeem the flag from the second sales assitant against the receipt.

Tom Papworth said...

Thank heavens you didn't try to buy carving knives with a pointy end. They'd have called the police!

Nathaniel Tapley said...

Once again the feminazis and Health and Safety Ceaucescus are robbing the honest small businessman blind. Did we learn nothing from Seven Crusades?

Tchah! You couldn't make it up...

Travis Bickle said...

I had a similar one at Tesco last week, buying two bottles of wine and trying to pay at the till nearest the alcohol... turns out the girl on that till was only 20, and could only serve me if 21... Now maybe this is a sensible law, maybe not but the person in charge of setting manning roster in Tesco is clearly a few cards short of a full deck.

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