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Health, Safety or Laziness?

12 March 2014

Last year I came across the site of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the UK, where they have a Mythbusters section.   My interest started when hearing about the “rule” that knitters were quoting in the UK that charity shops were no longer able to sell knitting needles “for Health and Safety reasons”.  The HSE said this was nonsense.

I’ve been looking at some of the food-related rules that the HSE have similarly debunked.

There’s a cafe that refused to put a sauce topping on ice cream “for Health and Safety reasons”.  See here.

And another cafe, in a Department Store, which refused to cut a customer’s baguette in half as their knives had been removed “for Health and Safety reasons.”  See here.

And yet again a Department Store cafe which wouldn’t serve a customer with a fried egg “for Health and Safety reasons”.  See here.  

As they say, you couldn’t make this up.

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