Getting Irate So That You Don't Have To

Getting Irate So That You Don't Have To

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Tescos Thinks Balloons Are Dangerous

The thing that angers Womble On Tour most about the spread of Health and Safety fascism is the extent to its obsession with restricting life's simple pleasures has caught on in the previously liberal-leaning private sector. The private sector used to stand apart from the State in its attitude to ridiculous safety measures. Not any more it seems.

After all, as pleasures go, you can't get much simpler than a balloon. Or more harmless, you'd have thought. That is, unless, you're in charge of security at Tescos in Poole.

If you're in charge of security at Tescos in Poole a balloon, filled with helium, is potentially a highly dangerous object. and you have to ban it. Because once let go, a helium balloon rises to the ceiling, and can interfere with the sprinker system.

You can't bring that in here, love.

Really ? You wouldn't have thought that a balloon could prevent water spurting out from a fire prevention system, would you ? Still, Tescos know best.

Not surprisingly, the idea that a balloon could become akin to a weapon of mass destruction was beyond the understanding of the nine-year-old child in charge of it. Still, she did, in a way, have the last word in a way that Tescos might at least comprehend. She took her pocket money elsewhere.

Womble On Tour does not normally shout. He thinks he should be able to vent his feelings through normal use of the Englaish language. Occasionally though, someone deserves the hair-dryer treatment, and Tescos in Poole are a fine example. So, here goes:



Dick Puddlecote said...

Tesco have banned them before. They're dangerous buggers, those balloons.

A Tesco spokesman said: “We have banned balloons because latex is used in the manufacture of them and this can trigger an allergic reaction in some children.”

it's either banned or compulsory said...

That would be the same Tesco that advised staff not to sell Christmas crackers to children because they contained " explosives " contrary to a 19thC Gunpowder act.