Give me strength!
I have read about some stupid things that Nanny has done over the past few years, but this one ranks pretty high on the knobhead scale; especially as it has been perpetrated by Tesco.
It seems that Nanny's lickspittles in Tesco have got a phobia over balloons, or rather the latex that the balloons are made from.
In Tesco's view, the balloons present a clear and present danger to the health and safety (pass the sick bag) of children.
As such, Tesco have banned Barney Baloney (a clown) from using balloons in his in store act.
Barney Baloney twists them into animal shapes and then hands them to children. Tesco Crossgagtes Centre will have none of that, and have told him to stick to his; magic, puppets, juggling and an emu costume to keep the children amused.
Barney has not had much luck recently, as he has also had to abandon his bubble-making machine.
Seemingly there is a health and safety risk of children slipping on the floor, and our good old blood sucking chums in the insurance industry have refused him public liability insurance.
There you have it again, public liability insurance being used as the weapon of choice by Nanny as she stamps out every little pleasure that we have.
Back to the balloon issue, a Tesco spokesman said:
"This is a health and safety issue
(the sound that you hear is me retching!)
We have banned balloons because latex
is used in the manufacture of them and this
can trigger an allergic reaction in some children.
We always have the welfare of children at heart."
What a load of old bollocks, if they really had the welfare of children at heart they wouldn't sell half the sugar laden shit that is so temptingly placed at child's eye level near the checkout.
This is just another example of corporate cowardice, whereby instead of using common sense the easiest option has been chosen; namely banning something.
Precisely how many children have died in the last year or so from touching balloons?
Are we now breeding such a feeble bunch of sprogs that they really cannot touch or eat anything?
Exposing these weaklings to the things that they claim harm them will do them a power of good.
On the subject of Tesco, well I suggest that you boycott them and shop elsewhere.
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