This week it goes to the Aldi store in Selby.
Ask Paul Ward, who sent his 10 year old son (David) to the store recently to buy a loaf of bread.
Well yes actually.
David was allowed to enter the store, wander round, pick up the bread and walk to the counter.
So far, so good.
Can you guess what happened next children?
Yes, that's right, the store refused to sell it to him!
Aldi in Selby, seemingly, has a policy of not selling anything to children under 16 unless they are accompanied by an adult.
Despite being sent back again by his father, to explain he was on a mission for his father, David left empty handed and hugely embarrassed.
Seemingly Aldi is wary of child shoplifters.
Fair enough, in theory, but here's why this particular store's policy is bollocks:
1 Not all kids under 16 are shoplifters, whilst some adults (over 16) are shoplifters. Shouldn't they ban adults as well then?
2 Given the policy of banning kids, why was David allowed to enter the store and wander round in the first place?
3 Where did commonsense go in all of this? I can well understand if a gang of kids "run amok" in a store they should be kicked out. However, one child with one loaf of bread who is paying for the loaf surely does not a present a threat to the security of the store? Were they accusing him of stealing something else (it doesn't appear to be the case)?
4 Shall we demonise all kids in this manner? What kind of life do we condemn them to if they grow up in a world where they are treated with suspicion, shunned and taught the mantra "guilty until proven innocent"?
5 How are children meant to grow into responsible adults if they are not allowed to go on errands such as this, on their own, for their parents?
As noted Aldi Selby, well deserving Prats of The Week!
Visit The Orifice of Government Commerce and buy a collector's item.
Visit The Joy of Lard and indulge your lard fantasies.
Show your contempt for Nanny by buying a T shirt or thong from Nanny's Store.
Visit Oh So Swedish Swedish arts and handicrafts