Monday, August 31, 2009

More nannying crap

Via Strange Stuff, here is yet more absolute barking insanity that is both stupid and offensively patronising.

You can click the image for a larger representation but, just in case you can't be arsed, the picture shows some cutlery sets for sale in a shop—these cutlery sets include your basic table knife (not even a vaguely sharp steak knife). The sign below them says:
Sale of Knives & Bladed Articles

The sale of these products is regulated by the Offensive Weapons Act 1996
(as amended by the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006)

It is a criminal offence to sell these articles to any person under the age of 18 years.

For fuck's sake...


indigomyth said...

A screwdriver is a more deadly weapon than a normal dinner knife. It can puncture very deeply, and the wound can be difficult to close. Perhaps they will start selling DIY kits only to those over 18?

Has anyone ever been mugged by someone holding a dinner knife?

Jeff Wood said...

Indi, it is nothing to do with the effectiveness of the bans. It is all about making the bansturbators feel good. Hence the official No Smoking signs in churches and other places where non-one would light up.

Curmudgeon said...

So let us say a couple marry at 16 (as they are legally entitled to) and set up home together. How are they supposed to obtain a knife to eat their food?

Henry North London said...

Their parents have to buy them cutlery Its just stupid,

Anonymous said...

Hey, Devil. I was stuck at the counter at Wilkinsons for an extra five minutes while the cashier had to call someone to verify my age (68 this year!) because I'd bought a pack of Stanley blades (no knife, just the blades). Apparenly, you need to be eighteen just to buy a paint scraper, too.

Utter madness!

Ben said...

Beware of massacres at the breakfast table.

J. Wibble said...

My girlfriend and I are both 21 and have at various points over the past three months been asked for ID to buy a garden fork, a can of Red Bull and a packet of ibuprofen. I don't have a driving license and don't think it's a good idea to carry my passport on me at all times in case I lose the damn thing, but most places won't accept anything else.

I also saw a sign in a shop the other day saying it is a criminal offense to purchase alcohol for someone under the age of 21. Last I checked the legal drinking age in this country was 18 - an 18-year-old friend of mine could buy a bottle of wine there but if I bought it for him I could apparently be fined a couple of grand. How odd.