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Friday, October 07, 2011

Nanny Bans Sauce

We all like a bit of sauce, don't we missus?

I know I do..snut snut snut!

Therefore imagine my dismay when I read of the sad tale of Simon Hood (aged 27), who was recently planning to hold a barbecue in his garden.

Off he jolly well toddled to his local Tesco in Chineham, to buy a bottle of Jack Daniel's original Barbecue Sauce (containing a mere 1% of spirit).

A simple task I hear you ejaculate (can I say "ejaculate" before 9PM?).

Sadly no, for you see the Tesco was staffed by a jobsworth.

On presenting the bottle of sauce at the checkout, Mr Hood was asked to produce his id (note he was 27 years old, and therefore doesn't need to produce any id even if he were buying 100% surgical spirit).

Oddly enough Mr Hood had not brought with him any proof of age (why should he?), and the cashier refused to serve him.

Mr Hood sans sauce then complained to Tesco Customer Services, another jobsworth working there wrote back 4 days later:

"I can understand how annoying that must have been for you. I can only apologise for this happening.

However, we do have to ask for ID for any produce that contains alcohol, no matter the quantity of the alcohol in the product."


No supermarket "has to ask for id" if someone looks over 18.

This is complete bullshit!

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  1. We'll be running out of supermarkets at this rate!

  2. already covere don this site Ken:)

  3. Anonymous1:33 PM

    I thought the whole idea of having a supermarket was to legally sell as much stuff to as many people as possible.
    They are not there to restrict purchasing.

    In the UK it is legal to buy alcohol at the age of 18, and it is legal to sell barbeque sauce to anyone who wants it regardless of age.
    It should also be illegal not to sell these products when fairly requested.

    Jack Cohen must be turning in his grave.

  4. David J Hilton4:40 PM

    Absolute horseshit.

  5. Lord of Atlantis6:55 PM

    Words fail me! (again!)

  6. Disgusted, Tunbridge Wells9:14 PM

    Shandy contains a small amount of alcohol but as it's below (I think) 1% is classed as a soft drink. Presumably the jobsworth(s) concerned will now insist on proof of age to sell a product legally bought elsewhere by anyone, including children?

  7. Anonymous4:28 PM

    Something similar happened to me. When I produced the offending bottle at the Tesco checkout alarms rang and the till flashed. The cashier said 'hold on, it's an ID check'

    I said 'WHAT' she said, nah, it's okay and gave me the bill.

    It seems all tills/checkouts are programmed to highlight certain items, whereupon the alarms ring. All fucking stupid if you ask me - and I'm 60.

    Just don't go to Tesco - who needs them? - every little helps keep your high street alive

  8. I've just done a quick search for "Sale of alchohol law" and followed some links.

    There do seem to be some inconsistencies. Tesco claimed:

    "However, we do have to ask for ID for any produce that contains alcohol"

    In Palmer & Harvey's guide to "Selling Alcohol"
    it states:

    "Challenge anybody attempting to buy alcohol who appears to be under 21 to prove that they are over 18 by producing acceptable proof of age"

    So the sticking point appears to be Do you appear to be under 21?. I guess there will be many customers who are somewhat older than they look, but if any jobsworth challenged me (I'm 55!) there would be trouble!

    A further link to "Checking ID" (PDF) advises what documents are acceptable. If these conditions are not met it says:

    "You MUST refuse the sale
    and record the details in the refusals book"

    So if you do get refused a sale then demand to see this book being filled in!

  9. This is the result of making staff personably responsible for selling age-regulated goods.

  10. I've been looking at a few more sites in relation to this. It's clear that things are in a mess. I haven't been able to find anything other than "Appears to be under 18" as a legal restriction. BUT a number of schemes are in operation, such as "Challenge 21" &"Challenge 25". These don't appear to have any legal basis, but are attempts by industry to give them something to quote when asking for ID. Have a read of this thread and see the different viewpoints - I take the "creeping requirement for ID cards line", but it's clear that many younger people are completely oblivious to this ever increasing intrusion in our lives.

  11. Anonymous8:15 AM

    Here in AK. NZ the madness continues. I'm 61 and look it, but whenever I buy fags at the supermart I, and everyone behind me, has to wait for the supervisor's OK. If I were a checkout operator, I'd take it badly that I am too stupid to be able to work this one out. OTOH, some of these checkers look about 12 and don't know a spring onion from a mouldy old cabbage. Or cauli.