Nanny's health and safety obsession has infected every aspect of our lives.
Binmen in Warmintser are the latest people to succumb to the infection. They have issued an edict to the residents of the town as follows:
"If we can't pull your wheelie bin using just two fingers it is too heavy - and won't be emptied."
They have decided that bins that need three or more fingers constitute a health and safety risk, as they could fall from the lorry while being emptied.
West Wiltshire District Council is backing the binmen. The council denies that there is an official "two-finger" policy. However, they admit that its binmen use the test.
Nicole Smith, spokesman for West Wiltshire District Council, said:
"Focsa, our waste contractors, are unable to empty wheeled bins that are too heavy, due to the safety risk of the bin falling from the vehicle's lifting gear during emptying.
If, at any time, a bin is considered by the operatives to be overloaded, a sticker will be placed on the lid letting the householder know that they have been unable to take the bin.
If any resident has had a 'heavy' sticker left on the bin then they will be required to remove some of the contents for it to be emptied."
Can someone explain to me exactly why we have local councils, and why we pay council tax?
I suggest that we give the council and FOCSA a hearty two fingered salute of our own!
-West Wiltshire Council
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