Nanny Knows Best

Nanny Knows Best
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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Nanny Bans Bicycle Repair Kits

Having written articles about Nanny and her stupidity for many years, I have become somewhat desensitised to some of her goings on. However, as jaded as I am, even I found this story to be particularly jaw dropping wrt how braindead our society has become.

Daniel Cottrell (17 years 10 months old) went shopping recently with his dad, in a 99p store in Greywell Shopping Centre.

He made a bold and brave attempt to purchase a bicycle repair kit (which contained a.o. chalk, a rubber patch, sandpaper and a 5ml glue stick).

Can you guess what happened next loyal readers?

Yes, that's right, the shop assistant refused to sell him the kit lest he sniff the glue.

Under the Intoxicating Substances (Supply) Act 1985, it is an offence to sell any intoxicating substances to a person under the age of 18, such as solvent-based glues, aerosols, dry cleaning fluid, correction fluid and marker pens.

However, the offence is only an "offence" if the shopkeeper may reasonably believe the product will be used for intoxication; ie the law actually does allow people to use some commonsense.

Were the lad intending to sniff glue, why would he buy a puncture repair kit?

Why would he go along with his dad to buy it?

Isn't it far easier for a teenager to score hard drugs, therefore why would he waste time and effort sticking a "Pritt Stick" up his hooter and gluing his nostrils shut?

As you can see my loyal readers, Nanny has eradicated any modicum of commonsense from our genetic code years ago. We have become a nation of sheeple.

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  1. A nation of yes sheep....Unable to think for ourselves and needing Nanny to do it for us.....The next generation, having been watched, checked, bossed about, fined, spied on etc etc, will not be able to find anything wrong with the checkout drone in this story....If we don't stop Nanny and her police state now, future generations will see it as the norm; it will only take a generation to see our freedoms vanish.

  2. Anonymous10:52 AM

    So, at 17 you can drive a car, get married, go and get yourself shot in Afghanistan; but you can’t buy a puncture repair kit for a bicycle.

    Makes perfect sense to me!

  3. Mr Potato Head11:38 AM

    He should have gone for the perfect triple of bicycle repair kit, toddler's plastic scissors and maybe a bottle of cider vinegar?

    The poor shop assistant would have keeled over! However, if said shop drone had died from shock, would the "lad" have gone to prison for manslaughter?

  4. To be fair to shopkeepers the issue is not with him applying common sense. That is not a defence if he had sold it he could personally be fined but in addition the store owner is fined also. Thus store owners default to playing safe and instruct the staff to not sell any. Being fined several thousand pounds has that effect.

  5. Lord of Atlantis2:28 PM

    Bag: I have to respectfully disagree with you: we are talking about a puncture repair kit, not heroin for goodness sake! It is high time people used common sense and told Nanny's jobsworths who come up with these daft ideas where to get off! Unfortunately, as has been stated, we have become a nation of sheep scared to say 'boo' to a goose! As a result, many of our freedoms have already been taken away from us. Consequently, when we are told to jump by Nanny's minions, instead of questioning her orders too many people simply ask 'how high?' Nelson, Drake and those others who made this country great, if they can see what has happened, and how timid we have become, must be spinning in their graves!

  6. Uncle John7:56 PM

    Some years ago I worked as a first aid trainer for school staff. On one of OUR 'training sessions' we were told that the schools were not allowed to use solvent-based adhesives. As a result, a major cause of hospital injuries amongst 5-8yos was severe burns to the fingers; caused by 'hot-glue guns'.

    PS - @Anonymous - a 16yo can buy petrol for his motor-bike, but NOT for a cigarette lighter.