Petty bureaucrats policing your purchases

Full marks to Sainsburys for going above and beyond the call of duty to win my coveted, and internationally prestigious, “Prats of The Week” Award.

Lewis Pengam, a balding 28 year old bank manager, was going about his regular shopping in Sainsburys Birmingham. Within his purchases was a DVD of the family film “Firehouse Dog” (no sex or violence), rated PG.

There he was was at checkout, ready to pay when…..

…blinky, blonky, blimey…

Can you guess what happened next children?

Yes, that’s right, the checkout operative refused to sell him the film unless he showed proof that he was over 18.

I would remind you at this stage that the film is a family film, not a slash and gore or acrobatic porno film.

Mr Pengam’s work colleague was with him, and offered her driving licence as proof of her age.

Can you guess what happened next children?

Yes, that’s right, the checkout operative refused to sell it:

You’re only buying it for him.”

Sainsburys, well deserving Prats of The Week!

Here is Justin King’s (CEO) email Justin.King@sainsburys.co.uk, if you want to drop him a note.

Hat tip: Nanny Knows Best

Next time anyone encounters this sort of lunacy, go public. Hold up the ‘offending’ item and ask loudly of everyone in the checkout queues: “Did you hear that, everyone? I am asked for ID to buy a PG-rated DVD ….”

Humiliate the bastards, then abandon your shopping on the checkout counter and announce that you’ll be taking your custom elsewhere.

Then boycott them. The local shops could do with your custom, anyway.

Unless we make a very public stand, with courage, others will meekly take the treatment meted out by these petty bureaucrats.

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