It seems that we have all been living in the Nanny state for so long now, that some of us are now even beginning to behave like Nanny.
That certainly would seem to be the case when looking at the behaviour of the staff at the Monument Pub in Hereford, part of the Greene King pub chain.
Colin Osborne, a trilby wearing great-grandfather, was happily going for drink there when he was ordered to remove his hat by Nanny's trolls who are working behind the bar.
The hat obscured his face from CCTV cameras.
Pub chain Greene King has introduced the policy for security reasons. It applies to all hats and hooded tops.
Mr Osborne said:
"I was an elderly man having a non-alcoholic drink but I was told there are no exceptions."
"When I started as a journalist it used to be de-facto to have a belted coat and a trilby and in those days I had both."
"I was annoyed, I was put out and I was surprised. I couldn't understand why my poor old trilby should offend anyone."
Nanny's manager explained to him it was a pub rule, to enable CCTV cameras recording any incident in the pub to see people's faces.
Mr Osborne quite rightly noted that there is a world of difference between an elderly man and a scum bag thug.
"But on the other hand I think pubs and breweries should ask themselves who is under the hat
individuality must retain some significance
even in this nanny state in which we live."
Adam Collett, marketing director at Greene King, issued this bland and contradictory statement:
"CCTV is sensible and welcomed by customers, residents and licensing authorities alike.
To make it useful we do have to ask all customers to remove their hats, but of course we have sensitivity to individual needs.
In order to remain consistent and fair
we ask all customers to observe this policy (editor's note: this sentence contradicts the previous one).
Generally this policy has been welcomed at the Monument and our customers have cooperated with us."
In other words, they don't give a fuck!
The trouble with the Nanny state is that it has conditioned us to accept petty rules and regulations without question, and to apply them 100% without using common sense.
Now I own a particularly stylish fedora, I wonder what Nanny would make of that?