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(Telegraph)   Sure, you could argue that there are places other than Britain more worthy of the "nanny state" tag, but then you'll read all about how you now require proof of age to buy a teaspoon, so why bother?   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 104
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2009-05-05 12:47:26 PM
Dammit..I was ready to laugh but then:
"I'm not aware of an age restriction for spoons. It's most likely a mix-up with the bar codes."

However, wouldn't a clerk of any level of intelligence be able to see it's a spoon and say "oh, carry on".
If a clerk would require proof of age for buying a teaspoon, then that clerk needs to be drug out and shot in front of anyone who believes these nanny state rules are good.
 
2009-05-05 02:17:07 PM
Dr.Knockboots: However, wouldn't a clerk of any level of intelligence be able to see it's a spoon and say "oh, carry on".

Have you seen the people who work in ASDA ?
 
2009-05-05 02:19:55 PM
Spoons are gateway utensils. Soon, they will be abusing spatulas.
 
2009-05-05 02:24:20 PM
For the benefit of the upcoming whargarbl, here are all the products that are age restricted:

Alcohol
18
Confectionery containing alcohol
16
Cigarettes and tobacco
18
Fireworks including sparklers
18
Party poppers
16
Films, DVDs, video and computer games
12, 15, 18 & 18
Cigarette lighter fuel & refill canisters containing butane
18
Solvents i,e, glues, marker pens & correction fluid
18
Lottery tickets & scratch cards
16
Crossbows
18
Knives
18
[I would assume someone accidentally included the teaspoons, perhaps all cutlery, in this category]
Aerosol paints
16
Petrol
16


Have fun.
 
2009-05-05 02:33:39 PM
FarkinNortherner: For the benefit of the upcoming whargarbl, here are all the products that are age restricted:

Alcohol
18
Confectionery containing alcohol
16
Cigarettes and tobacco
18
Fireworks including sparklers
18
Party poppers
16

Films, DVDs, video and computer games
12, 15, 18 & 18
Cigarette lighter fuel & refill canisters containing butane
18
Solvents i,e, glues, marker pens & correction fluid
18
Lottery tickets & scratch cards
16
Crossbows
18
Knives
18 [I would assume someone accidentally included the teaspoons, perhaps all cutlery, in this category]
Aerosol paints
16
Petrol
16

Have fun.


You'd better be older than 16.

/Oh, wait, that was poppers. Sorry.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2009-05-05 02:38:51 PM
Nanny statisms would be a good theme for NPR's "Wait, wait, don't tell me." The part where they tell tell three absurd tales and the player has to separate the real and fake. (Or maybe it already has been -- I don't listen very often.)
 
2009-05-05 02:41:37 PM
Snarfangel: You'd better be older than 16.

/Oh, wait, that was poppers. Sorry.


LOL
 
2009-05-05 03:28:31 PM
Snarfangel: You'd better be older than 16.

/Oh, wait, that was poppers. Sorry.


img259.imageshack.us
 
2009-05-05 03:32:07 PM
FTA: "It's most likely a mix-up with the bar codes."


See, they're not oppresive, just stupid.


/do what the scanner tells you
//DO IT
 
2009-05-05 03:33:01 PM
We lost half the world in half a century and now this ...

/Ashamed to be British ;(
 
2009-05-05 03:33:18 PM
www.harrymedia.com

Approves
 
2009-05-05 03:34:01 PM
Oh, it's that kinda spoon.
 
2009-05-05 03:34:18 PM
Those teaspoons can become habit forming... first you get 4, then you'll need 6 and before you know it, you'll have a full fledged habit of 8! You're next addition will be---gasp!--- TABLEspoons! Oh the horrors!!!
 
2009-05-05 03:35:56 PM
disapproves
www.spacejunk.org
 
2009-05-05 03:36:43 PM
FarkinNortherner: Dr.Knockboots: However, wouldn't a clerk of any level of intelligence be able to see it's a spoon and say "oh, carry on".

Have you seen the people who work in ASDA ?


flyingmonkeysreign: FTA: "It's most likely a mix-up with the bar codes."


See, they're not oppresive, just stupid.


/do what the scanner tells you
//DO IT


to be fair, the register could be programmed in such a way as to not complete a sale until some information from the ID was entered.
 
2009-05-05 03:39:30 PM
If a clerk would require proof of age for buying a teaspoon, then that clerk needs to be drug out and shot in front of anyone who believes these nanny state rules are good.

WTF does "drug out" mean?
 
2009-05-05 03:40:01 PM
JonnyBGoode: Approves

Excellent reference!
 
2009-05-05 03:40:24 PM
Because it's dull, you twit. It'll hurt more.
 
2009-05-05 03:43:14 PM
Whilst I never miss an opportunity to deride the nanny state rules of my homeland...

The manager's version of events seem the most plausible. Barcode mixup + ignorant automaton shop assistant = this.

Doesn't give me a whole lot of faith in the intelligence of Asda's employees though.
 
2009-05-05 03:43:30 PM
FTA: The receipt for the bizarre sale was published on the website nannyknowsbest.blogspot.com, a website set up by an internet entrepreneur Ken Frost to "expose and resist the all pervasive nanny state that is corroding the way of life and the freedom of the people of Britain".

What's his Fark handle?

/I'm sure it was just the one clerk and not the entire country.
 
2009-05-05 03:43:37 PM
I wasn't aware ASDA was a state agency.
 
2009-05-05 03:44:20 PM
In England you only get one spoon, and it's your spoon for life, and if you lose it you starve to death, unless a family member dies and leaves you their spoon, and there are spoon millionaires.

/has to go
//in the middle of a big bike race
 
2009-05-05 03:44:51 PM
FarkinNortherner: For the benefit of the upcoming whargarbl, here are all the products that are age restricted:

Solvents i,e, glues, marker pens & correction fluid
18


WTF? Am I missing something?
 
2009-05-05 03:44:52 PM
Also, cold medicine.

When I was there on a school trip at age 17, I got a really bad cold. It was pretty damp there, which I hear is pretty rare. I digress.

I went to the store to get some medicine and due to methwatch type laws they couldn't sell me anything over the counter unless I was 18. To be fair the clerk looked extremely embarassed because it was such a clear situation.

So I went and found the one person who was 18, the one buying everyone alcohol. And I got her to buy me some cold/flu medicine. Ridiculous. What they need is some common sense.
 
2009-05-05 03:46:27 PM
apeman12: If a clerk would require proof of age for buying a teaspoon, then that clerk needs to be drug out and shot in front of anyone who believes these nanny state rules are good.

WTF does "drug out" mean?



I bet the answer is sobering.
 
2009-05-05 03:46:32 PM
LordBollocks: We lost half the world in half a century and now this ...

/Ashamed to be British ;(


As well you should be.

Just kidding - love your country, was there last year, hope to go back soon. The gal working the front desk at our hotel was a blindingly cute German transplant with an adorable German/British accent. Not sure where she was from - is the affect of saying "Yeah?" at the end of every sentence a regional thing, or just a kids thing?
 
2009-05-05 03:47:24 PM
PJ_the_Barbarian: to be fair, the register could be programmed in such a way as to not complete a sale until some information from the ID was entered.

If it's anything like the ones in Tesco, the sales droid has to select "yes" to "ID yes/no" and if he or she clicks "no" it automatically alerts a supervisor.
 
2009-05-05 03:48:36 PM
Midnight_Sun: Doesn't give me a whole lot of faith in the intelligence of Asda's employees though.

You previously had faith in the intelligence of ASDA employees ?
 
2009-05-05 03:50:36 PM
Duck_of_Doom: WTF? Am I missing something?

Glue sniffing. It's not all of the above, only those which are marked as harmful by inhalation.
 
2009-05-05 03:51:14 PM
PJ_the_Barbarian: FarkinNortherner: Dr.Knockboots:


/do what the scanner tells you
//DO IT

to be fair, the register could be programmed in such a way as to not complete a sale until some information from the ID was entered.


Then do what they(the keeper of the checkout lights) do every time I buy alcohol at a self-checker - put 7/7/77 in and be done with it.

/surprised they don't require your birthdate, drivers license number and home address- suitably cross-checked by Scotland Yards computers... ya know, just to be sure.

/just be glad she wasnt buying a SPORK!
 
2009-05-05 03:51:27 PM
This is my spoon. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My spoon is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I master my life. My spoon, without me, is useless. Without my spoon, I am useless.
 
2009-05-05 03:54:05 PM
Duck_of_Doom: FarkinNortherner: For the benefit of the upcoming whargarbl, here are all the products that are age restricted:

Solvents i,e, glues, marker pens & correction fluid
18

WTF? Am I missing something?


English-to-Yank translation:

Glues... erm, don't you call it glue there as well? Try adhesive fluid if not.

Marker pens: "sharpies"

Correction fluid: "whiteout", I think you call it, the big brand name's Tipp-Ex over here.

In other words: people in other countries don't use brand names to describe everything :)

Anyway, to address the headline: a mixup by a computer system / dumb cashier at a signle store is enough to prove some kind of government restriction? OK then, don't mind us when we post pictures of that guy who had to be airlifted out of his home because he was too fat as the "typical American". Or one nutbag creationist as being the typical Christian. After all, one anecdotal story's enough to prove anything, right?
 
2009-05-05 03:54:24 PM
Boy and I thought things were getting bad around here when they checked my ID for buying a game manual for Grand Theft Auto.

/I'm 24
//Still get carded for rated 'R' movies...the little pissants.
 
2009-05-05 03:56:23 PM
img.dailymail.co.uk

Badgers everywhere rejoice
 
2009-05-05 03:57:04 PM
FarkinNortherner: Dr.Knockboots: However, wouldn't a clerk of any level of intelligence be able to see it's a spoon and say "oh, carry on".

Have you seen the people who work in ASDA ?


Zombies?.
 
2009-05-05 03:57:27 PM
Were they caught in their basement room?
 
2009-05-05 03:57:36 PM
flyingmonkeysreign: This is my spoon. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My spoon is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I master my life. My spoon, without me, is useless. Without my spoon, I am useless.

But did you name it?
 
2009-05-05 03:57:51 PM
thenewflesh: Duck_of_Doom: FarkinNortherner: For the benefit of the upcoming whargarbl, here are all the products that are age restricted:

Solvents i,e, glues, marker pens & correction fluid
18

WTF? Am I missing something?

English-to-Yank translation:

Glues... erm, don't you call it glue there as well? Try adhesive fluid if not.

Marker pens: "sharpies"

Correction fluid: "whiteout", I think you call it, the big brand name's Tipp-Ex over here.

In other words: people in other countries don't use brand names to describe everything :)

Anyway, to address the headline: a mixup by a computer system / dumb cashier at a signle store is enough to prove some kind of government restriction? OK then, don't mind us when we post pictures of that guy who had to be airlifted out of his home because he was too fat as the "typical American". Or one nutbag creationist as being the typical Christian. After all, one anecdotal story's enough to prove anything, right?


Can I still get a plaster at the chemist?
/typical prat
 
2009-05-05 03:58:16 PM
"I need to see some ID"
"But that's a spoon"
"Oh, I see you've played knifey spooney before"
 
2009-05-05 04:02:23 PM
FarkinNortherner: For the benefit of the upcoming whargarbl, here are all the products that are age restricted:

Alcohol
18


Except beer or wine with a meal in a restaurant: 16.

Your move, Yanks.
 
2009-05-05 04:02:45 PM
It's a good thing I can prove I'm over 18, and thus unable to commit a crime.
 
2009-05-05 04:05:13 PM
Came for the sheriff of Nottingham reference, leaving satisfied.
/And call off Christmas!
 
2009-05-05 04:06:43 PM
thenewflesh: Duck_of_Doom: FarkinNortherner: For the benefit of the upcoming whargarbl, here are all the products that are age restricted:

Solvents i,e, glues, marker pens & correction fluid
18

WTF? Am I missing something?

English-to-Yank translation:

Glues... erm, don't you call it glue there as well? Try adhesive fluid if not.

Marker pens: "sharpies"

Correction fluid: "whiteout", I think you call it, the big brand name's Tipp-Ex over here.

In other words: people in other countries don't use brand names to describe everything :)



I'm guessing that the 'WTF' was an expression of confusion over why the sale of those would be restricted and not a inquiry of what each item was. That was my reaction anyway.
 
2009-05-05 04:08:01 PM
"SPPPPPPPPPPPoooooooonsssss"

www.ciaranbrown.com
 
2009-05-05 04:09:24 PM
Duck_of_Doom: FarkinNortherner: For the benefit of the upcoming whargarbl, here are all the products that are age restricted:

Solvents i,e, glues, marker pens & correction fluid
18

WTF? Am I missing something?


Unlike our illiterate poncy chum, I also am curious why you have to be 18 to buy a sharpie. I know we're trying to keep them away from the Mexicans and all, but...

So no Elmer's glue or airplane glue? No wite-out?

Uhh, I guess my spirit hadn't been so thoroughly crushed by a Nanny State that I wouldn't notice those are pretty innocuous items.
 
2009-05-05 04:09:40 PM
Tribs

Never mess with a Gurkha and his deadly spoon.
 
2009-05-05 04:09:45 PM
Dr.Knockboots:
However, wouldn't a clerk of any level of intelligence be able to see it's a spoon and say "oh, carry on".
If a clerk would require proof of age for buying a teaspoon, then that clerk needs to be drug out and shot in front of anyone who believes these nanny state rules are good.


If it's bar-coded, the restriction is probably automated, nothing the clerk can do about it.

Sometimes things get restricted by section, too, maybe the spoons were listed with 'cutlery' or something. I got ID-checked for buying a foldable shovel once (in the US) since everything in the "hunting and camping" section was tagged.
 
2009-05-05 04:09:51 PM
Jocundry: thenewflesh: Duck_of_Doom: FarkinNortherner: For the benefit of the upcoming whargarbl, here are all the products that are age restricted:

Solvents i,e, glues, marker pens & correction fluid
18

WTF? Am I missing something?

English-to-Yank translation:

Glues... erm, don't you call it glue there as well? Try adhesive fluid if not.

Marker pens: "sharpies"

Correction fluid: "whiteout", I think you call it, the big brand name's Tipp-Ex over here.

In other words: people in other countries don't use brand names to describe everything :)



I'm guessing that the 'WTF' was an expression of confusion over why the sale of those would be restricted and not a inquiry of what each item was. That was my reaction anyway.


my thought was that a glue and a solvent would seem to be... opposites.
 
2009-05-05 04:09:53 PM
Hagbardr: Snarfangel: You'd better be older than 16.

/Oh, wait, that was poppers. Sorry.


Those are just "poppers"

These are "Party Poppers"

www.oldenglishcrackers.com

...and honestly, I don't see how these were much fun after I turned 6. Why a nanny state needs to control this is beyond me.

/...and no, subby you really can't argue the point.
 
2009-05-05 04:10:54 PM
Jocundry: thenewflesh: Duck_of_Doom: FarkinNortherner: For the benefit of the upcoming whargarbl, here are all the products that are age restricted:

Solvents i,e, glues, marker pens & correction fluid
18

WTF? Am I missing something?

English-to-Yank translation:

Glues... erm, don't you call it glue there as well? Try adhesive fluid if not.

Marker pens: "sharpies"

Correction fluid: "whiteout", I think you call it, the big brand name's Tipp-Ex over here.

In other words: people in other countries don't use brand names to describe everything :)



I'm guessing that the 'WTF' was an expression of confusion over why the sale of those would be restricted and not a inquiry of what each item was. That was my reaction anyway.


OK, I thought that would have been quite obvious... Solvent-based products can be used to get high, like Mr Gold Paint Face. Teenagers too young to drink are the usual culprits for this, hence the age restriction.
 
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