Oh my goodness, even in the anals (or is it annals?) of Nannyism this story (if it is true) way surpasses the norm for my "Prats of The Week" Award.
Hence I am awarding the Co-op and the Cranbrook police my coveted, and rarely awarded, "Twats of The Year" Award.
Please note the caveat "if it is true", because it sounds so absurd that surely it can't be true?
Anyhoo according to The Mirror, Sue Savage (a mum of modest stature) was shopping in her local Co-op in Cranbrook Kent.
Unable to reach the vodka bottles on a high shelf she asked her 15 year old daughter, Tara, (who stands at a commanding 6ft 3in) to reach for them.
Can you guess what allegedly happened next loyal readers?
Yes, that's right, a jobsworth supervisor appeared and told her to put the items back (Nanny thinks that the booze was for Sue's daughter).
Sue left the store and the booze. She then came back alone later, to buy the vodka.
Can you guess what happened next?
Yes, that's right, the store manager appeared (as if by magic) and said the he believed that she was going to supply a minor.
Factoid: it is not illegal for parents to offer their kids booze in their own homes.
Sue "went British" (ie stood up for herself and ignored officialdom), she placed £10 on the counter and walked off with the booze.
The Co-op minions warned her she was breaking the law.
Factoid: she wasn't unless they had proof otherwise.
Then, I guess out of sheer annoyance and fear, she rang police; they came along and told her to return the booze.
The story becomes unclear at this stage. However, the Mirror reports that she was then arrested and given a £80 fixed penalty.
If this is true then, without a doubt, both the Co-op and Cranbrook police are well both deserving of the "Twats of The Year" Award.
I would appreciate hearing from anyone with more information on this story.
In the meantime here is the Co-op's email address, feel free to say "Hi" firstname.lastname@example.org.
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