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Australian knife laws are no picnic. And neither are picnics, if you can’t even use a plastic knife to slather mayo on your…well…whatever Aussies eat with mayo. This photo was taken in a supermarket in Australia, and it shows how serious
ly f**ed up Australia’s knife laws are.
Retailers in Victoria face fines of $2389 for each offense if they’re caught selling knives (even dull plastic ones) to anyone under the age of 18. This is what “reasonable” knife laws look like (and gun laws too), when chicken-livered politicians listen to hoplophobic ninnies.
Commenting on this photograph, Brisbane Mothers Demand Plastic Knife Ban Action president Lilly McLiver said “We’re not saying you can’t have mayonnaise on your sandwich, but nobody really needs a plastic knife for a picnic. Responsible people use spoons.”
Okay, I made that part up. But where does Australia’s (plastic) knife control end and (plastic) spatula control begin? Can you sell a metal fork to a juvenile, knowing that he or she will use the edge of it to cut their food? Or is it illegal for a minor to use something as though it were a knife, even if it’s not?
Once this stupidity starts, it never seems to end. Australia, we pity you.
(h/t to Foghorn for the link)