I was saddened to read yet another example of Nanny "scrupulously" applying rules and regulations, without any application of commonsense or sensitivity.
In this particular cases Nanny's chums from Morrisons in Portsmouth decided to enforce its policy of what can and can't be worn at work the letter. Adam Austin who works there had decided to wear a Help for Heroes wrist band and small metal poppy in remembrance for murdered soldier Lee Rigby.
Unfortunately Mr Austin, aside from working at the checkout, also works in the fresh food area. This means that, according to the rules, he and other members of staff who work in the fresh food area cannot wear things such as poppies lest they fall off an contaminate the food.
Seemingly, if the Mail is to be believed, instead of having a quiet discussion with Mr Austin in private to come to some form amicable solution over this mark of respect, the local management asked him to take off the band etc in front of customers. Following a disagreement it seems he was escorted from the premises, and now faces a disciplinary hearing on Friday.
Following a right old hoo hah on Facebook and Twitter over this incident, Morrisons said that the company had reviewed its guidelines and had decided to allow staff in non-food preparation areas to wear a registered charity wristband.
"We understand it is important for many people to show support for our Armed Forces."I can perfectly well understand why there are rules wrt dress and what can/cannot be worn in fresh food areas. However, as with any rule, it's not just the rule itself that is important but how that rule is enforced and whether there are extenuating circumstances that should be considered when the rule is breached.
The sad fact of living in the Nanny state is that people and organisations automatically reach for the rule book without ever applying any commonsense or sympathy/compassion first.
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