This Facebook page is only satire, but nobody seems to have told Britain’s Tesco supermarkets about it. When 16-year-old Liam Whelen of Lancashire tried to buy teaspoons at a Tesco store in Haslingden, they refused. Employees told he had to be 18 to buy them, and they sent home empty-handed . . .
Tesco, of course, was in the wrong. Under Britain’s lunatic knife laws (which have virtually nothing to do with knives in the hands of lunatics) no one under the age of 18 can legally purchase any kind of knife. When contacted by the BBC, Tesco officials acknowledged that Whelen should have been allowed to purchase the small pack of utensils for 57 pence.
His stepmother Yvette Whelan said the decision was “daft”. Tesco apologised for staff not using their judgement.
Mrs Whelan said she sent Liam out to buy the spoons because he and his brother, Josh, keep losing them. She admitted she thought he was lying about the incident at first and he had not been to the store.
“Knives, forks I can understand but teaspoons? No,” she said. “There’s just no common sense.”
I agree with that last sentence. ‘No common sense’ indeed. But with all due respect to Mrs. Whelen, I must forcefully suggest that any restrictions on the sale of knives and forks are equally ‘daft’ as a prohibition on spoons.
Her comments are a sad commentary on he state of affairs in Britain, whose subjects have become so passive and complacent that they’re already embracing the idea of common sense fork control. Don’t think it can’t happen. Down under in Australia, minors can’t even buy plastic picnic knives.