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Are you under 18 years of age? Do have have an urgent need for teaspoons? Well, avoid Asda's Halifax tentacle where the powers that be are determined to prevent this potentially-lethal item of cutlery falling into the hands of murderous yoof. ASDA receipt for teaspoons showing ID required The proof of the clampdown comes from …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
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    So someone has been murdered with a spoon?

    I wonder if anyone has ever been bludgeoned to death with a frozen bird? Or suffocated in a bowl of jelly. Looking forward to needing to show my National ID card to buy everyday household items.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Surely you could do more damage with a plate across the head?

    Don't need ID for them!

  3. SuperTim
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    I agree.....

    Why would a hoodie NEED a teaspoon anyway? I am pretty sure they would only use them for evil.....

    I think we should age restrict everything. That way there would be no need to give pocket money, therefore hoodies would not be able to afford their Stella Artois or Emo music....

  4. Dennis

    I think everybody that shops in Tesco should be ID'ed

    That way we could monitor the proletariat in simple non pervasive way.

    This could be a idea for Wacky Jacqui and her mad cap scheme for ID cards. I'm sure there is more terrorists use Tesco's than any of the other more refined supermarkets.

    Can we have a icon for monitoring anybody* that is not a politician with a huge expense account.

    (* i.e. proletariat scum)

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Birdman of Alcatraz

    Robert Stroud ('the Birdman of Alcatraz') stabbed a prison guard to death with a spoon (the handle I believe).

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Nanny knows best, but Ken doesn't

  7. Matt Newton
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    oh for fuck's sake...

  8. Simon

    Alan Rickman

    Wasnt it he that so eloquently put in "Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves"...

    "I want to dig your heart out with a spoon!!!!"

    "Why a spoon cousin? Why not a knife or an axe"

    "Because its dull you twit... it will hurt more"

    Job done!

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I take it, it's really a human error data problem. But if not, then I know you'll say it isn't the fault of the poor sod at the till, but I think the air turning blue on encountering such corporate idiocy is to be expected and accepted.

  10. Ferry Boat

    These are not the drugs you are looking for

    Isn't it to do with drugs? A bit daft but we don't want under 18s buying spoons and cooking up with them do we? Once you are 18 and it's legal to take heroin it's ok to buy spoons to do it. That's why it does not apply to plastic spoons.

  11. Barry

    And the plastic picnic knives

    Bought a 50pk of disposable plastic knives the other day on the self-service till. Had to wait for someone to come over to authorise my purchase.

    I pointed out how daft this was, as they were only plastic knives and can barely cut room temperature butter. But, was told, "we don't make the rules".

    I then pointed out that I could quite easily buy a pen/pencil or even screwdrivers without needing authorisation, and stab someone with them.

    I reckon that the funny look I then got was down to how quickly I was able to think about methods of stabbing people using common household items. Hey, I'm resourceful like that.

  12. Jamie Kitson

    Flight Of The Conchords - Think About It

    Children on the streets using guns and knives

    Taking drugs and each other's lives

    Killing each other using knives and forks

    And calling each other names like dork

    I saw a man lying on the street half dead

    He had knives and forks sticking out of his leg

    He said, Ahh ahh ahh ahhhhhhhhwww

    Can somebody get the knife and fork out of my leg, please

    Ooh, could somebody please remove these cutleries from my knees

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Monty Python = real life

    Self-defense Against Fresh Fruit^H^H^H...plastic spoons

    I can never understand why some people use a credit card to pay for things that only cost a few pounds. Are they still in that Mr.Bean phase when they think that nobody else has one and they have to flash it around? Anybody who needs to use a credit card to pay for a few pieces of tacky plastic tableware ought seriously to consider whether they should be making such a mounmental purchase.

  14. Chris


    I seem to recall reading a crime novel where someone was beaten to death with a frozen turkey. Can't remember the details of the book, but it was set in London and featured identikit Kray type gangsters.

  15. thefutureboy


    Can someone please

    Remove these


    From my knees...

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I agree with Tesco's

    As everyone who knows their Riddick films will know, in the wrong/right hands then general household hardware can indeed be lethal.

    Teaspoons are a good start, and an underage policy against buying them should be rigourously enforced and punishable by a prison term so that these wannabe purchasers can learn how to use them properly, before being licensed back onto the altogether already violent streets of the UK.

    This is a responsible attitude by Tesco's and should be fully taken up by all sellers/resellers of cutlery. Don't forget we already have improved security at airports and nobody complains too much anymore about the increased by 3hsr checkin times. I'm sure after a period of time maybe even as short as months the general poulation will get used to 3hr checkout times at Tescos in the aim of their safety whilst all underaged yobs are body searched for offensive weaponry.

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    in all fairness

    this is in Halifax, some of the scrotes around here shouldn't be allowed anything even vaguely sharp. I wouldn't even give them a wooden spoon as that would be too solid.

  18. Anonymous Coward
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    Well it's probably worse than that...

    ...given that if you even look the wrong side of 30 you're required to present ID now, normally to some spotty yoof who turned 18 yesterday and whose idea of customer service is a grizzled smile in between chews.

  19. Adam Foxton

    So what about sugar?

    Couldn't you do some serious damage to a diabetic if you fed them a kilo of Silver Spoon's finest? Or if you laced someone's sugar with washing powder- wouldn't that do some damage?

    You could at least cause some serious embarassment to a lactose intolerant person if you gave them milk. Or perhaps you could cause death through exhaustion by allowing a parent to buy a whole packet of Skittles for their child?

    How about beating someone over the head with a frozen turkey, or distracting drivers on a motorway by emptying (or just dropping) a few bags of frozen peas over a motorway? You could cause a hell of an incident with that!

    The moral of the story is that The World Isn't Safe. If you want to hurt or kill someone it takes all of 30 seconds to dream up a non-restricted arsenal.

  20. Anonymous Coward

    re: Monty Python = real life

    Yes i realy prefer standing behind people laboriously counting out there coppers to get the exact change for a £1.59 item, so much better than a quick swipe and 20 mins of now what was that f*********** 4 digit code that they must use nearly every day, 4 damm digits its not rocket science.

  21. NogginTheNog

    @ Chris W

    I think it may have been a debit card Chris, used for convenience instead of having to carry cash around. It'll all be that way one day, get used to it...

    As for the ID-for-spoons thing, would this also apply to those packaged yoghurts and stuff that come with the little plastic spoons inside??

  22. Elmer Phud

    About time too!

    I've lost count of the number of times I've been accosted by the feral nocturnal-hooded gangsta wielding blunt cutlery.

    The butter knife is an awesome weapon in trained hands as is the soup spoon. Fortunatley most Hooded Thugs (tm Daily Mail) usually only steal them from places like ADSA and the quality of the deadly device is rather lacking, frequently resulting in a bent handle and, fangs blunted, they run off in to the stygian darkness from whence they emerged. In these times of Credit Crunch(tm), however, there may be yoofs from more well-heeled packs and the prospect of being assaulted by someone who threatens in recived pronunciation whilst wielding a John Lewis melon-baller looms like a vinegar stain on EPNS.

  23. William Smith

    False positive?

    I suspect these ID prompts are due to a shortfall in the way a supermarkets inventory is processed. For example, all the whiskey will be in a particular planning group and to enable a till prompt for the ID chck, the whole planning group is flagged as such; instead flagging individual products within the group. If the teaspoons are held within a general cutlery planning group with products that are actually age restricted then again, all of the given group's products will flag the ID check.

    Maybe the supermarkets don't want to tell their staff about this possible glitch, perhaps they don't trust them to use their common sense and accept the ID check as a reminder with false positives.

  24. Anonymous Coward

    So spoons are soon to be considered

    weapons of mass de-stir-uction then?

    I wonder if the same restriction applies to graters? Or ladels?

  25. Anonymous Coward

    Credit card?

    Surely if a credit card was used to purchase the items, this would be proof of the purchasers age? maybe it was a debit card.....

  26. Adam

    A dangerous question to ask...

    I can't help wondering what someone capable of killing you with a teaspoon can do with the ID you are asking them to produce.

  27. Philip J.F. Quinlan


    Wasn't that a Roald Dahl "Tales of the unexpected?

    She clobbers him with the frozen leg of lam, the law eat the murder weapon

  28. Matt
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    @Chris W

    I like using my credit card for anything I can, I get cash back through my card, I don't using cash.

    Plus it costs me nothing to use it.

    it's easier when using self serve check outs as well. until they have to check your age of course....

  29. Ed Blackshaw Silver badge

    Reminds me of when I was a teenager

    I got asked for ID to buy a copy of 2000AD in WHSmiths. I did actually have som ID with me, but to make a point, I took my custom elsewhere...

  30. The Fuzzy Wotnot
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    Question is....

    Could I buy a packet of naff screwdrivers from the hardware aisle and get them through without ID?

    How about I buy some cans of soft drink, pour it away and then rip the can up to make a very, very sharp weapon?

    How about I buy a jar of pickles in a glass jar, smash it up to get a razor-sharp shard to stab you with?

    Easy on the inventory system to simply classify cutlery as dangerous, so the kitchen knives are covered. Utter boolarks!

  31. Chris Miller

    Surely if it saves even one life

    it must be worth it?

  32. Bod

    ID cards

    Are we sure this hasn't been driven by Wacky Jacqui anyway?

    I reckon she's got her Stasi minions going round making up all these dangers so the public find they have no choice but to get an ID card to buy household items.

    Just about everything can kill a human so it's not far fetched to be asked for ID for everything. Next step from that is to supply a genetic sample when shopping in Tescos to ensure you don't have some crazy psychotic genetic disposition. Combined with a mental test to check you don't have aggressive thoughts at the checkout (quite likely if you are faced with all this!).

  33. Jesthar


    "I can never understand why some people use a credit card to pay for things that only cost a few pounds"

    In my case, that'd be because it's a cashback card I pay off in full each month, and I'll merrily take the CC companies for every measly penny I can get out of them given how they extort charges out of people at every opportunity... ;)

    Ahh, Riddick: "Tea, actually ... I'm going to kill you with my tea cup."

    Plenty of ideas from CSI, too - hmm, maybe we SHOULD require ID checks for the whole household department...

  34. Anonymous Coward

    Outlaw spoons and only the criminals will have spoons

    Very stupid. I bought a can of white grease, for window seals and door hinges, over in North America at a Walmart that flagged check id. They have some blanket check id on every item someone could huff and get high off of. Someone would have to be pathetically desparate to huff white grease.

  35. A J Stiles

    @ AC

    Does "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl count?

  36. Anonymous Coward


    I think that you are thinking about "Lamb to the Slaughter" a short tale by Roald Dahl were a wife kills her husband with a leg of lamb

  37. Ash

    Compact Discs

    Snap one in half and you get an edge sharp enough to do some VERY serious damage. Something the Security Services (both sides of all ponds) don't seem to concerned with.

    HMV should be investigated for arming 1st World nations.

  38. DAN*tastik

    @Dennis - I think everybody that shops in Tesco should be ID'ed

    It's called Club Card

  39. Simon B

    Beaten with an apple!

    the lady shopper in question was told by an Asda assistant that she'd have to prove her age "because someone had murdered someone with a teaspoon, and therefore ID was now required".

    And what happens when someone is beaten with an apple, or a ream of paper, or a box of washing powder .. they may as well class the whole shopping trip as 18+ only. Nobs!!!

  40. Ed


    I was thinking exactly the same thing over the weekend when I saw that Tescos are now operating a "Challenge 30" scheme for any age-restricted item.

    I think I'm going to have to go to Asda just to see this for myself.

  41. Ozimandius

    Reminds me of Homebase

    Went in there a couple of weeks ago to buy a small hammer - got ID'd as it could be an offensive weapon.

    No question about the 100 pack of stanley knife blades though!

    (even better is that I was purchasing a large sheet of corrugated roofing plastic at the same - did they think I was going to break into cars the re-glaze them lol)

  42. gaz


    Talking about ID cards, I had the misfortune to have to fly to London and back. I don't have an ID card / passport / photo driving licence. the only photo ID I have is my company ID badge. Newcastle were fine with it.

    The stuck-up jobsworthy bitch working for BA at Heathrow lectured me on how I really should have a passport so I can fly to Newcastle. Last time I looked I still lived in the United Kingdom (unfortunately) - why do I need a fscking passport to fly internally!! stuff like this boils my blood!!!!!!

    good news is that I got my polling card this weekend for the local elections, at least it's a chance to give Labour a bloody nose - wish they'd come campaiging at my door - Like most people these days I have a lot of spleen to vent!

  43. Anonymous Coward

    Who cares?

    So a supermarket is going a little bit ott on Health and Safety, who cares? I can't see that many under 18 year olds queueing up to purchase teaspoons and this is just another excuse to trot our the tired nanny state thing.

    We are living in a 'nanny state' because on average people are stupid. If people took more responsibility for their own actions then supermarkets would not have to take these actions. I am 31 and recently got IDed for booze because they are checking everyone who looks under 30 (flattered? course I was). I didn't mind because the idiot till jockeys have to be given unmistakeable rules because they are too stupid to use judgement (and would no doubt bat the supermarket around the tribunal system if they were fired for something that was not expressly forbidden in black and white rules).

  44. Anonymous Coward

    Who cares? v2.0

    Oh and Ken Frost seems to actually believe all the bull that he's written about himself.

    What a c0ck!

  45. John


    ...will will there be an end to this forking about?

    (On my way to the cloakroom!)

  46. Christoph

    Other dangers

    All these suggestions of other dangerous things you might buy haven't mentioned the most lethal of them all, which is widely available in handy packaged form at all those supermarkets..


  47. Barry

    What about bags of flour?

    Do you think that if they knew how explosive flour is (when mixed with air) they'd require some kind of explosives licence for purchase?

  48. Robert Ramsay

    Revelation 13:16

    And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

    And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Doomed I tell you! Doomed!

  49. Anonymous Coward

    RE: Surely if it saves even one life

    Will NO-ONE think of the children.

    Don't they have a Check 21 or some similair rowlocks so if you don't look at least 21 they ask you to prove your 18.

    Plus Chilli sauce sprayed into eyes causes more discomfort than mace (i supposed never had either but i can make stuff up as easily as the next person) - BAN IT.

    Mayonaise has also made me FAT i should have been protected against it when i was younger (lot younger), damm them not caring.

    Bet more people have been killed with Baseball/Cricket bats than spoons.

    Smiley face cos not taking any of this seriously, far to old to care about spotty oiks being asked for ID, sod em, bring back flogging/national service.

  50. Dive Fox

    That receipt...

    Looks just like a Walmart receipt from the states, right down to the TC#. I wonder if a software failure like Tesco's this morning would take out Walmart on both sides of the pond?

  51. Anonymous Coward
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    However ...

    Pencils are far more lethal (in fact they used to be favoured by MOSAD) than spoons of any type and many people have been successfully murdered with these familiar, friendly tools than by mere spoons.

    Which has led me to wonder -- how easy it would be to kill someone with an ID Card -- it MUST be more useful in this respect than a spoon? Thoughts, anyone?

  52. Dave Bell

    Danerous Items

    Even a teddy-bear can be dangerous

    (Yes, I know some weird people.)

  53. Anonymous Coward


    Brilliant idea! When ID cards come into force, kill someone with them. Then start a campaign to get them banned or printed onto the side of balloons or something.

  54. Anonymous Coward

    Quite right too

    Access to cutlery should clearly be restricted to the over-18s.

    The yoof of today have no table manners.

  55. dod

    Mr Bean indeed

    Chris W

    Wind your neck in love. It's just as likely to have been a Visa Debit card as a credit card and so what either way? I use my Visa debit for everything saves carrying cash. It takes as long to tap in my pin as it would take the cashier to count out my change. Idiot!

    Sounds like you're the one with the problem.

  56. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: That receipt...

    "Looks just like a Walmart receipt from the states, right down to the TC#. I wonder if a software failure like Tesco's this morning would take out Walmart on both sides of the pond?"

    Then you'd have taken down the mother lode of all retail: it's Asda who are owned by Walmart, not Tesco. (Just imagine what a chorus there'd be if Walmart had sought to buy Tesco.)

  57. alan


    we need to be atleast 18 to commit murder with a spoon?

    but its still ok to kill people with your car at 17, or moped at 16.

    or with peanuts at any age (allergy dependant)

    i never thought I'd see the day when someone puts an age restriction on murder.

    has anyone thought to ask the age of the teaspoon murderer? i bet s/he was over 18..... and it was manslaughter for leaving the spoon propped up on the floor so the murderee could fall on it.

    I think everyone who lives near there should organise a mass teaspoon-buying expedition to asda. and when they say "id please" act offended and point out how stupid it is, throw the teaspoon on the floor, stamp on it and walk out. and you should all queue at the same checkout, for added effect.

    remember to youtube it ;)

  58. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @ ID cards By Bod

    "Next step from that is to supply a genetic sample when shopping in Tescos to ensure you don't have some crazy psychotic genetic disposition".

    Well, thats me fucked then. (Also as an aside I remember from my unarmed combat training that a tightly rolled up magazine makes a really useful weapon, just jab it hard into the adams apple or carotid artery).

  59. Mark Wills

    Monty Python

    But the totally, completely f*cking NUTS thing about it is that you need to hand over ID.

    The logic appears to be:

    Teaspoons can be used as a lethal weapon to kill people, thus we need to make sure they are over 18. So it's fine to kill people with a teaspoon, as long as you are over 18.

    Somehow, being 18 is 'magic' and makes the problem vanish. Just like those bomb proof plastic bags that you have to put your Tango in at the airport. Somehow, a bottle of Tango on it's own is a potential terrorist weapon of mass doom and destruction, yet put it in a plastic bag, and it's fine.


    Even worse, it's not the even the Government telling them to do this. They have simply taken it upon themselves to police the purchase of teaspoons.

    I can't believe I've just written "police the purchase of teaspoons" outside of a discussion of a Monty Python sketch.

    It's the perfect opening for a comedy sketch:

    [ Well dressed man in pin stripe suit (John Cleese) walks into a shop ] "Good morning!"

    "Ah good morning sir, and how may I help you on this fine day sir?"

    "Well, my good man, I got up this morning, and came over all particular for a cup of Earl Grey's finest, only to determine that, after considerable investigation, one had neglected to equip ones self with the appropriate tea making apparel."

    "Oh dear sir, that really won't do."

    "Indeed. It was was with considerable embaressment, not to mention some consternation, that I came to the realisation that one was missing a teaspoon inparticular. Which, I'm very happy to say, has occasioned this visit to your delightful vendorship."

    "Ah! A teaspoon is it sir? You've come to the right place!"

    "Excellent! Now my good man, show me your finest teaspoons without delay, before me tea stews!"

    "Of course sir! Erm, you do have some form of identification with you, do you sir?"


    "I beg your pardon?"

    "Identification. We need it you see sir, for all teaspoon purchases."

    <long pause>


  60. Mike Shepherd

    Nothing new

    The same happens at Asda if you buy Polish chocolate. (No, it's not alcoholic).

    The "colleague" said that I had to be 16. At 53, bald and with a face reflecting a hard life, I'm rarely taken to be under 16. But, if they had a brain, they probably wouldn't be on a checkout.

  61. Anonymous Coward

    RE: Monty Python

    The shop keeper would have to have been Ronnie Barker of Fork Handles fame

  62. Colin Millar

    "Someone had been murdered with a teaspoon"

    "Yes", said the anti pig flu mask wearing customer with the false nose and eyebrows "I heard about that. Apparently she was just standing there in the queue at the supermarket when suddenly she stabbed the till assistant in the eye with a teaspoon. Police are looking for someone under 18 without an ID card who is on the DNA database. I on the other hand am 35 with all my IDs and haven't been caught yet so take this teaspoon and shove it in your eye - here let me help you."

    Yes the world is turning into a sketch show.

  63. RW

    This raises a deeper question

    Regarding the infinity of stupid "health and safety" rules infesting the UK at the moment.

    There seems to be no rational evaluation of risks vs. benefits in the making up of these rules. Over and over, one reads "well someone *might* get hurt". The busybodies who make up this nonsense never offer an actual example of someone who *was* hurt by the activity or artifact under consideration, but what's worse, no one ever challenges the busybodies either.

    So they ban circus clowns from wearing giant shoes "because someone might slip." Well, tell us, dear busybody-nanny brigade, just how many clowns have in fact been hurt in the last hundred years from wearing giant shoes? None you say? Oh, one case in Upper Bumfuck?

    The underlying logic (though it's never expressed this way) is that an injury has an infinite negative value, but civil liberties have absolutely no value.

    At this point, we are back on familiar ground, the trampling of British civil liberties into the mud in a mad rush to create a perfect society, so I'll stop and let those interested avail themselves of others' comments on other headlines to follow that clue.

  64. Maty


    I can't wait for the movie ... 'Indiana Jones and the Teaspoons of Doom'.

  65. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @ Bod

    Bod has his the nail on the head.

    The idea that ID cards a "voluntary" will soon become meaningless as more and more every day items REQUIRE ID (even feeding yourself).

    This is the way to enforce compulsory ID for all people without ever having to say as much.

  66. Bod

    Re: That receipt...

    Crazy thing is in proper Walmart over the pond you can walk in and buy baseball bats, chainsaws, guns, etc. Okay you need ID for it, but imagine Americans being asked ID for a teaspoon !

    Do they have a "right to stir tea" amendment?

  67. Chris
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    I'm sure everyone who has flown out of a UK airport remembers being asked "Are you carrying a weapon or anything that can be used as a weapon?" I always replied "Why of course. Haven't you ever seen a Jackie Chan movie or an episode of MacGyver? In the right hands, ANYTHING, even a sheet of paper, can be used as a weapon."

    Chuck Norris could kill someone with his bare hands."

    Shall we insist everyone with hands be ID'd as well?

    "Thumbs up," because you could poke someone in the eye with it.

  68. Anonymous Coward

    Applying logic... now have to be over 18 to murder someone?

    Makes you proud to be British ;-)

  69. Anonymous Coward

    There is a way to help fix this problem

    Next time you walk in the store where they do this nonsense, stack your trolley up to the top with good and make sure there's a pack of spoons at the bottom so they ring up everythinge else first...when they get to the end of the bunch and demand ID for the spoons say you're not giving ID for spoons and walk out and leave the lot. If you got a load of frozen or perishable in there they will think a few times about this and how many customers they can afford to lose.

    On the other hand, there are a lot of that nanny stuff going around all over. I, too, was in a wobblymart and got ID'd for carb cleaner and I'm a greybeard. I was very close to just walking out after I showed them ID, but I was purchasing it for a neighbor.

  70. David Barrett


    Apparently the same happens at debenhams, its because tea spoons etc are in the same department as knifes etc so the till flags it up, what is missing at asda/tesco is the common sense for the till operator to think, no, thats not a knife....

    Just in case it is because some one was killed with a teaspoon Im off to carry out some fruit based stabbings.... Are you over 18? No? Well no bannanas for you?

  71. Steve Mann


    No wonder there's no more "Moon, June, Spoon" in the songs today...

  72. Dave

    Time to Leave

    Given that I don't normally carry anything that 'proves' my age (even credit cards probably don't count now), I'd just give them one chance to relent and then leave the whole trolley load behind and walk out.

  73. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Perfectly reasonable IMHO

    And the next bastard that feeds me black decaf with no sugar will find out just how much damage can be inflicted with the blunt end of the sugar spoon as well as the handle.

    Ahem. Bad day, don't ask.

  74. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    That's not a knife ...

    I see you've played knifey spooney before.

  75. Anonymous Coward

    @ David Barrett

    "Apparently the same happens at debenhams"

    Debenhams. 0/10 on the LifeStyle Shit-O-Meter. 'Nuff said ...

  76. Frumious Bandersnatch

    foo! to all this nonsense

    Come and visit my new site where you'll be able to buy spoons, sharpened library cards, bic pens and razors in a dual pack (some assembly required; be careful not to cut yourself!), white spirit, icicles (please be sure to order in conjunction with liquid nitrogen!), toenail clippers, individual sugar sachets (unlike other retailers, there is no per-customer limit!), peanuts and plastic bags.

    We are currently experiencing a backlog in fulfilling orders for atlatls, as these have to be hand-crafted. We apologise for any inconvenience.

  77. Anonymous Coward


    /goes back and reads the story again. ~blinks~ Umm ok I know being a 'merican and all I don't know much about life on your side of the pond. However unless a rash of people being killed with spoons in England is going totally unreported by various international news agencies then I think Asda has gone totally off their collective tree. An ID is required to... to buy a fucking spoon??? Seriously?? A spoon?? I think this lot are the current leader in this years "Most moronic policy by a non government entity" award.

    I'll get my own coat, don't want someone to find out I'm carrying chop sticks without a license.

  78. Anonymous Coward

    @Iam Me

    What the hell do you do with a "fucking spoon"?

    Wait, never mind. I don't really want to know.

  79. Neoc

    "Hoffmanite Throwing Fork....

    ...Don't make me use the spoon"

  80. Winkypop Silver badge

    Merely a flesh wound


    Come at ye!

    I've had worse injuries from a spatula!

  81. KarlTh

    What in the name of all that is holy...

    ..has the moronic policy of a private company got to do with a "Nanny State"?

    Or is "Nanny State" going to join "Political Correctness Gone Mad" and "'Elf and Safety" under the paranoid "country's going to the dogs everything is bad" Daily Mailesque mythology?

  82. JMB

    Stupid supermarkets

    Is there any item on sale in a supermarket that has not been used to kill someone at some time?

    Someone has probable been killed by having a till thrown at them so should they allow underage staff to use the till without supervision?

  83. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Thmbs up

    It's a good scheme because no one over the age of 18 has ever tried to kill anyone.

  84. Anonymous Coward

    @What in the name of all that is holy...

    The actions of the private company are indicitive of the nanny state in which it operates. I'm sure WalMart Asda would rather just sell ANYTHING to ANYBODY, but are scared to sell the highly profitible WMD's due to 'Elf & Safety'. Wonder if i can get WMD on special order if i produce ID ?.

    Must be boring having to alter the pricing database to flag up the latest stupid watch item, and i'm sure the checkout operatives are getting fookin bored of the crap they get about spoons !

    Anon because i mention WMD so security services will be on this discusion, though i suspect ElReg will roll over very quickly to grass me up anyway.

  85. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Frozen Leg Of Lamb

    There was an episode of Tales Of The Unexpected where the wife killed her husband with a frozen leg of lamb, cooked it and fed it to the police officer who had come to investigate (Brian Blessed IIRC).

    One thing I have noted is that if I buy a bottle of wine now I have to make sure that I'm not served by some old dear at the checkout. Despite being over 30 the old dears ID me (which I can't produce as I don't carry any) which is rather humiliating. So I just go to a checkout and get served by someone under the age of 60!

    Paris because I bet she never asks for proof of age either.

  86. Anonymous Coward

    Improvised weapons and moon madness.

    They dined on mince, and slices of quince

    Which they ate with a runcible spoon;

    And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,

    They danced by the light of the moon,

    The moon,

    The moon,

    They danced by the light of the moon.

    Edward Lear, Nonsense Rhymes.

  87. KarlTh


    No, the actions of the private company in this case are indicative of a moron being wrongly in a position of responsibility.

  88. Anonymous Coward


    You're all missing the point, its a trap to catch pedo's, read the article on Nanny Knows Best, the man sent his WIFE to buy spoons and she was asked to prove she was over 18, the guys a perv.

    Anyway, spoons are dangerous, did you never see the damage MacGyver could do with a elastic band, a plastic spoon and a moth ball.

    @Alan, good idea Alan, anybody buying peanuts should furnish proof that they are not allergic to peanuts.

    Meanwhile, 12 year old boys and girls can continue to buy Vaseline, rubber gloves and cling film. Sugar, drawing charcoal and fertiliser also require no ID.

    I'll get my coat, I'm being as silly as ASDA

  89. Walking Turtle

    Weapons Indeed.

    @ weapons

    By Chris Posted Monday 11th May 2009 16:18 GMT

    > "I'm sure everyone who has flown out of a UK airport remembers being asked "Are you carrying a weapon or anything that can be used as a weapon?" "

    In me own globetrotting days, when flying the (formerly mostly-) Friendly Skies, I too became bored with that line of questioning at the departure gate. Got to thinking about it, of course.

    The reply that worked best (always with full eye contact and a b-i-g happy smile) seemed to be, "Why yes, in point of fact, I certainly do! It's called a Fully Liberated Human Mind [with the fore- and middle-finger tapping at the right-hand temple while maintaining eye-lock on the checker], and mine is right here. Would you like to see the whole thing right now?"

    Always good for a bit of "OMG!/WTF?/ohChrist..." full-stop eye-rolling, a quick look whether any super was looking on, and otherwise a guaranteed "Thank you and have a nice flight!" wave-thru. Which did keep the smile on my face. (Oh look - it's back again!) :)

    Dunno' how well that approach'd work these days when outbound from Heathrow, though. Nanny-neener's a buggah, to be sure. (Mine's the one with the antique Boarding Pass stubs in the pocket.)

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