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Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Oh dear, it's the food police!

Whilst browsing the internet this morning I found these bits of foodie silliness. Thought I would share them with you.

Costume drama
A Tesco store has banned shoppers from walking the aisles in pyjamas. A sign at the St Mellons shop in Cardiff reads: "To avoid causing offence or embarrassment to others we ask that our customers are appropriately dressed when visiting our store (footwear must be worn at all times and no nightwear is permitted)."

Supermarket silliness
Tesco has sparked fury by banning a father for carrying his daughter on his shoulders. Martin Dunkley, 48, was entering a Cambridge store with daughter Natalie, six, when a security guard demanded she dismount for safety reasons or leave the supermarket as they presented potential danger to other shoppers.

Bubble and squeak guidance
Householders are to be visited by officials offering advice on cooking with leftovers, in a government initiative to reduce waste. Doorstep lectures also include portion sizes, "best before" dates and freezer use. The officials, named "food champions", have been dismissed by critics as "food police".


Dean said...

We have regular Pyjama parties in the local Coop shop near me, Well ok its actually only a couple of young women that do it but it brightens my day :p

Best before dates are one of my pet peeves, If it looks ok smells ok is cooked properly and tastes ok then its ok no matter what the date says and conversely i have also had a raw chicken that was well within the dates yet was rotten so should i have held my nose and eaten it because it was (according to the date) fine ?
I have to throw stuff away at work that i would never throw away at home, They even put best before dates on salt, Its enough to make your blood boil...too much salt perhaps :-)

Jean said...

Food waste is a product of an affluent society. When I was a kid very little was thrown away because my mother couldn't afford to. She couldn't afford to do the massive trolley shopping that people do nowadays. She bought small quantities as and when she needed to. Supermarket pricing policy is also the cause. The silly 3-for-2 offers etc encourage people to buy stuff they don't need.

I agree with Dean. If it smells ok and isn't green and furry - eat it !!

The last time we went to a funcion (a funeral as it happens) after two hours the manager came round asking us to all to take a doggy bag as everything would be thrown away in the next few minutes as it had been out for the legal limit of time. Insane !!!

Lulu LaBonne said...

Intrigued to know where such gems are published.

I only ever shop in my nightie - and have never been stopped yet (that might be to do with the loaded gun I carry at the same time though!)

Gail's Man said...

Ha, ha. Fortunately (or unfortunately) I've not seen that many pajama clad people in Sainsbury's. Mind you I think the clothes some people wear to do their shopping in should be banned!

French Fancy said...

I bet you could wear your nightie under a coat - unless you have to give a flash as you pass a certain camera. Daft lot of buggers

John Medd said...

The pyjama story extended to schools in Cardiff also banning mothers (and fathers too, I guess) from dropping off their kids at school in 'nightwear.' And picking them up in the afternoon - still in their jim-jams!

Phil Lowe said...

All: It does all seem a bit petty doesn't it?