Sorry, Tesco, but this is taking things a mite too far.
Sunday, after church, part of the weekend ritual is a swing into Tesco with the boy where we taste samples on the delicatessen counter. There’s usually something out..ham, sausage roll, cheese… and the boy usually samples nowadays.
And, when he likes the food enough, we usually buy some for his monday pack-up at school.
(there is method to this approach: he is an appallingly fussy eater and quick to accuse that “he didn’t choose (and doesn’t like) x”, where x may be any foodstuff he has been eating in vast quantities for the preceding three months. By involving him in the choice process, at very least we have the moral pressure of being able to say: well, you tried it and liked it).
Anyway, back to Sunday. Usually, the bits are in a small plastic receptacle on top of the counter with toothpicks arranged neatly besides.
This sunday: no toothpicks. Oh. Can we have one? Er, no. Tesco is no longer issuing toothpicks.
Health and Safety: someone from the local council popped round and…they’re too dangerous. You could take comeone’s eye out with that!).
So now, in the interests of Health and Safety, they’re either NOT going to offer tasters – or in future, passing customers will have to dip their hands in and pull out a gobbet to pop in their mouths. Like: how clean ARE the boy’s hands?
I’m not sure i like sharing the same table with him sometimes, wondering what diseases he is spreading as he applies his atrocious table manners and grabs at any passing item that takes his fancy (er, yes: we DO know that this should not be happening and we are trying to work out a solution. at present the realistic alternatives appear to be hand cuffs, rubber mittens, or tying his hands to the back of the chair).
But Tesco, Tesco! This is beyond silly. Its even worse than last year, when the daughter, then barely 17, attempted to buy a kebab for the barbecue. Nope. It included a wooden skewer that she just MIGHT have used as a weapon. So she wasn’t allowed.
I kid you not!
I don’t see eye to eye with the Coalition on everything: but a few fewer Health rules would not go amiss.