Stick Em Up

6 January 2009

Apparently a shop in England refused to sell knitting needles to a 20 year old, claiming that the minimum age requirement is 21! 

Whether this is true or not, I’ve no idea.  The Sun newspaper isn’t renowned for its fact-finding skills and has only a passing acquaintance with veracity. 

Bear in mind that this was the newspaper that published an “exclusive” interview with the widow of a posthumous VC hero from the Falklands War (Colonel ‘H’ Jones).  In fact, the interview was so “exclusive” it had excluded the woman herself.  She’d never met the reporter nor given an interview to that newspaper nor any other.  The whole “interview” had taken place solely in the mind of the journalist.  They paid out a lot of compensation but I suppose by that time, they’d sold a lot of newspapers.

But back to the age requirement under UK law for the purchase of knitting needles.  There are strict laws against the purchase of knives and other sharp and pointy objects by the under 16’s.  But 21 to buy knitting needles?  I think not (unless any of you can tell me otherwise).



  1. New one on me! Hope nobody gets that bright idea in Oz!

  2. hahahahahaha!

    Happily, I will have no trouble buying any of these things – cheese, needles, booze…

  3. It’s sure been a long time since I got “carded” for anything!!

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