The trouble with living in Nanny's "paradise" is that not only does Nanny lack any common sense whatsoever, but her "charges" also show alarming signs of following her down the path to dimwittedness.
Take for example the case of Jack Archer who went to his local Morrisons in Acomb York, to buy a bottle of sherry.
The 18 year old checkout girl asked him for proof that he was over 18.
Fair enough, Nanny can't have under age drinking on the streets of Britain...can she?
The only problem being, is that Jack is a sprightly 87!
Seemingly the good people of Morrisons have been caught out selling booze to under 18's. Therefore, as with all Nanny nonsense, instead of applying a little common sense and extra vigilance for "high risk" cases; Nanny is applying her "one size fits all" rigid rule for all customers.
Needless to say, it makes Nanny look rather stupid...but then again she is!
Mr Archer, a former Lord Mayor of York, said:
"I don't think I look my age,
but they must have known I'm not under 18 it's just silly.
The girl said she had to ask how old I was.
I was totally stumped and just said, I'm over 80 - will that do?
I don't blame the individual staff
because they are just obeying instructions.
I should think they get a few complaints, though."
The same thing happened to Don Parlabean, who is chairman of York Older People's Assembly. However, he is only 70 so Morrisons may be forgiven for thinking that he was under 18.
A spokeswoman for Morrisons gave a long winded scripted statement, which demonstrates that we are becoming a nation of unthinking jobsworths.
"Store staff are trained to be highly vigilant in the sale of alcohol
and the detection of potential under-age purchases.
The question is not being asked to cause offence
and no disrespect is intended.
We simply wish to make sure that we satisfy
our moral and legal obligations with regard to the sale of alcohol.
As a member of the Retail Alcohol Standards Group,
we take our responsibility with regard to selling alcohol
very seriously and have procedures in place designed
to ensure that we meet all legal requirements."
You may wonder why your food bills are so high, well, the supermarkets have to employ people to write shit like that!