To wonder how necessary this question is?

(57 Posts)
MarilynMoanroe Mon 16-Sep-13 10:27:07

My dh went to asda yesterday and bought a pair of kitchen scissors.

At the checkout the cashier asked him whether he was planning on stabbing someone with them?

Aibu to think this is a daft question, or would this really prevent potential scissor stabbings?

MrGeresHamster Mon 16-Sep-13 10:35:01


What exactly would they have done if he said 'yes'?

FruOla Mon 16-Sep-13 10:37:26

Oh dearie me, hahahaha grin


Well obviously those with stabbing plans will be stopped as they are all very truthful.

McNewPants2013 Mon 16-Sep-13 10:38:44

wtf. This can't be serious can it.

FruOla Mon 16-Sep-13 10:39:28

Has there been a spate of scissor stabbings in your area, Marilyn?!

MadeOfStarDust Mon 16-Sep-13 10:41:32

He must look REALLY old!

I'm 49 and got asked for proof of age since they do not sell bladed items to under 18.

just a stupid questions in the long list of stupid questions.
such as 'are you eighteen?'when buying alcohol.
friend asked us if we would like to go see his band gig a couple of weeks ago and oh half said'dunno.are you any good?'.
would have laughed if friend had replied'well no actually were a big steaming pile of shite but just thought as your lives are so mundane you would have bugger all else to do'.

MarilynMoanroe Mon 16-Sep-13 10:46:32

Dh asked the cashier if she was serious, and she was.

eatriskier Mon 16-Sep-13 11:30:42

This reminds me of the old visa waiver forms for visiting the US. There was the following question:

Are you or have you ever been a spy

So, so tempting to say yes.

kinkyfuckery Mon 16-Sep-13 11:33:43

Hahah, did she have a pop up on the till screen? 'Ask customer if planning on stabbing someone'. Or a form to fill in? Did he need to sign for them?

Hopefully it was just the cashier's idea of having fun.

DeWe Mon 16-Sep-13 11:44:02

I was once asked if the debit card I handed over was mine.

I stiffled the temptation to tell him I'd just taken it from the old lady on the corner. grin

ricecakesrule Mon 16-Sep-13 11:48:00

I work in a supermarket and had an age restriction pop up on a plastic cutlery set the other day. I did pass it on to the customer so we could both agree how ridiculous it was, hopefully the cashier was doing the same (although with your DH clarification maybe not!)

SoupDragon Mon 16-Sep-13 11:52:08

This reminds me of the old visa waiver forms for visiting the US. There was the following question:

Are you or have you ever been a spy

IIRC, it also asked if you had taken part in genocide smile

eatriskier Mon 16-Sep-13 11:53:23

soup there were some fantastic questions on that form. and the airline staff were not impressed with all the Brits giggling away at it.

Ricecakes, that happened once when I was buying a children's cutlery set! The cashier and I had a right laugh about that. grin

Am so amused by the idea that someone would confide in the person selling them a pair of scissors about their plans to use said scissors to dispatch an adversary.

LadyClariceCannockMonty Mon 16-Sep-13 11:57:49

Answer: 'Yes, of course. I do hope they'll be adequate –if they're not, I trust I'll be able to bring them back for a refund?' <<fixed and mildly loopy stare>>

peachmint Mon 16-Sep-13 12:11:19

Those are still on the visa waiver form. See also, the one about the harpoon.

EduCated Mon 16-Sep-13 12:21:40

Going into Australia I had to rick to say I had drugs in me. It was a packet of paracetamol. But all medicines were included in the same option as illegal narcotics shock

callamia Mon 16-Sep-13 12:24:30

I got ID'd a couple of years ago when I bought some superglue.

I did tell the cashier that if I intended to try and get high from sniffing superglue, then I totally deserved to spend the night in A&E having the tube removed from my face.

WMittens Mon 16-Sep-13 12:45:01

Reminds me of the last time I bought a Dell computer, I had to declare that I wasn't going to use it for terrorist activities.

bachsingingmum Mon 16-Sep-13 13:21:36

My 22 yo DD and her 25 yo boyfriend were refused a bottle of Pimms at Morrisons because her 15 yo younger sister was with her. Now I can see they might be concerned where people are buying, say, cider... but Pimms? You don't buy Pimms for kids!

MotherofBear Mon 16-Sep-13 13:31:49

Almost as daft as the airline asking if someone has packed something in your case without your knowledge...!

re the suitcases - one trip it was only after we ealked away from the counter that I realised DD (then aged 3) had "packed" her own little rucksack, and i had no idea what she'd put in it [b;ush].

DD works in a kitchen shop, and as post of their "selling knives" training were told if they had a couple looking at knives, never hand the knife to the man first, as 9 times out of 10 he'll "playfully" put it to his partner's neck shock. And as most of them are pretty sharp, that's serious injury time. I was amazed at how common something like that was.

SueDoku Mon 16-Sep-13 13:48:08

My friend manages a large shop, and was working on the till to cover lunch breaks when a lady of our age (50+) came to make a purchase. An alarm sounded on the till, and my friend had to ask the lady whether she was over 21 before she could continue with the sale -- which was a plastic watering-can...!! smile.

We've never worked out just what someone under 21 could have got up to....... gringrin

Tesco refused to sell me a bottle of wine with my shopping as I was accompanied by a minor who I might be planning on supplying the alcohol to - my then 3 year old son!! I think the cashier was taking the rules way too literally!

We often have a message pop up at work when selling computer games - Please check and confirm that the customer is over 3 years of age before proceeding. Why in Gods name would an under 3 year old be buying a game unaccompanied?? And one particular brand of freezer which warns that the buyer must be over 18! Can never quite work out what risk an undercounter freezer could possibly be to an under 18??

Bearleigh Mon 16-Sep-13 14:00:52

I once mentioend to the counter assistant at Sainsbury's that I was planning to freeze the bread I was buying from her.

She then refused to sell it to me as it had previously been frozen - before it was cooked in the shop.

After a short conversation (!) I ended up saying that I would promise not to freeze it if she would sell it to me; which she did. Reader, I froze it...

MarilynMoanroe Mon 16-Sep-13 21:16:13

I think the world has gone mad after reading all of that!

TheRunawayTrain Mon 16-Sep-13 21:26:15

grin Bearleigh

I was warned that an oboe I was buying must only be used for musical activity. Was slightly worried about what other activities could be done with an oboe, tbh.

reggiebean Mon 16-Sep-13 21:30:14

In the business banking application for the Co-Op Bank, they ask you if you're currently funding terrorism or providing arms to other countries or if you're selling items made of ivory. Erm, yes. Ivory handled weapons to the terrorists. confused

LeaningTowerOfGaffney Mon 16-Sep-13 21:35:00

Bill Bryson writes about the US security clearance forms.

Q Have you ever been involved with a terrorist organisation?
A Why yes, I have! Say, will this harm my chances of getting into the country?

Makes me giggle every time.

nickelbabe Mon 16-Sep-13 21:50:21

I had a customer the other day wgo tried to pay for a 40p purchase with a £10 note. her otger option was 30p in change - I wanted to accept the 30p because otherwise I would have to give her four £1coins, which totally damages my float.
I told her I didn't want to taje the tenner, byt while I was trying to seriously tell her to give me the 30p, I joked that I wouldn't accept the tenner in case of money launderibg.
I think the joke was lost on her because she then stsrted shouting and screaming at me and telling me she wasn't surprised I was going out of business.

maybe she'd been asked too many times if she was going to stab someone with her purchase?

nickelbabe Mon 16-Sep-13 21:51:10

ooh reggie guns used to have ivory handles.

reggiebean Mon 16-Sep-13 22:20:50

Yes, but surely if I was in the arms and/or ivory trade, I would be looking towards the Caymans or Switzerland for my banking needs?!

And can you imagine the rebel armies running around with ivory-handled pistols? Pew pew!!

reggiebean Mon 16-Sep-13 22:21:12

That was a pistol noise, by the way grin

ramblingmum Mon 16-Sep-13 22:32:51

SueDoke that made me laugh

GoldenGytha Mon 16-Sep-13 22:35:36

Those American Visa forms also used to ask if you were a terrorist, had taken part in any terrorist activity, or were planning to in the future grin

reggiebean Mon 16-Sep-13 22:42:47

Ha! Well... not currently involved, but who knows what the future holds, eh?!

(somehow, don't think that answer would go down very well!)

phantomnamechanger Mon 16-Sep-13 22:49:14

OP, he should have done a manic grin and said Yes, I want to stab the next shop assistant who asks a daft question.

I mean, seriously, what WAS she thinking.

pigsDOfly Mon 16-Sep-13 23:30:46

Yes, stupid questions, but be careful how you answer; didn't someone end up in prison several years ago when passing through, I think, Heathrow luggage check, he joked he had a bomb in his luggage.

zipzap Mon 16-Sep-13 23:40:44

My dad used to supply some stuff to the local American base. They had a generic contract for services that seemed to cover everything from loo rolls to nuclear warheads. It was huge and most of it (especially the warhead bit!) completely irrelevant to him and a huge waste of paper.

He always used to wonder why they were so happy to send out this to everyone - no need for spies to go in hunting for info, it was all laid out in the tenders, you'd just have to set up a little local business wanting to supply them with pies or whatever and they'd send the whole ruddy lot to you. It was one of those documents that was measured in inches and kilograms rather than by number of pages!

Oh and op yanbu - that question is never going to be answered honestly by anyone planning on stabbing anyone with the scissors!

Itsaboatjack Mon 16-Sep-13 23:45:10

I saw a guy at Gatwick get hauled away by armed cops pretty quickly when he joked he had a bomb in his bag.

mignonette Mon 16-Sep-13 23:45:46

And have you ever been a member of the Communist Party? Err. No (yes, aged 16)

Do you have any narcotics on your person? Err no. (Yes hence ten minutes spent flushing Co Proxamol and DF118 down the plane toilet five minutes prior to landing)

caroldecker Mon 16-Sep-13 23:54:32

a lot of these questions are designed to remove any defence you may have in court if you are dodgy

runawaysimba Mon 16-Sep-13 23:57:34

Years ago when I worked in a cellphone shop, a pair of women came in and spent up huge, paid for the whole lot in stacks of $20 bills. I joked, "have you robbed the bank?" Turns out they had - their partners had held up an armoured van and seriously injured one of the guards. The police caught them because they'd given us all their contact details to get their phone contracts.

SoupDragon Tue 17-Sep-13 07:15:30

a lot of these questions are designed to remove any defence you may have in court if you are dodgy

In the case of the US Visa Waiver though, if you turn out to be a genocidal drugs baron with terrorist tendencies, you're not going to have much of a defence smile

In the case of the scissor stabbing, I imagine the cashier was just having a joke based on needing to check the age of shoppers, regardless of whether she claimed to be "serious" or not.

Vecta Tue 17-Sep-13 07:23:49

I was warned that an oboe I was buying must only be used for musical activity. Was slightly worried about what other activities could be done with an oboe, tbh.

Clearly, you have never seen American Pie. grin

I've been asked for ID to buy alcohol free cider. It had zero% alcohol in it, but Can't be sold to minors cuz it looks like cider!

MoneyMug Tue 17-Sep-13 07:44:41

In my old house, the only source of heating downstairs was a log burner.

It was freezing cold and I'd stupidly let the fire go out. Id also run out of firelighters, so o went to the shop to get some, but they wouldn't sell them to me as I had no ID to prove I was over 16. (21 at the time) I went home but couldn't find my passport so i had to just freeze until DP came home the next day.

27cats Tue 17-Sep-13 07:55:53

Like ricecakes and some others, I was asked my age when buying an item from the kitchen accessories section - a wooden spoon! smile

I got asked for ID last week......... buy plastic plates.

I also still get asked every time for ID when I'm buying alcohol. There is a 'think 25' initiative very active in this area, but I haven't been 25 for a very long time.

eatriskier Tue 17-Sep-13 09:46:25

onetwo you weren't planning on throwing one nor those plastic plates and decapitating someone were you? wink

nickelbabe Tue 17-Sep-13 12:37:22

reggie - i heard a pistol noise with your pew pew! smile

nickelbabe Tue 17-Sep-13 12:39:47

bloody hell runaway shock

no wonder my customer got arsey!

reggiebean Tue 17-Sep-13 14:43:14


MadeOfStarDust Wed 18-Sep-13 08:57:58

I had to refuse to sell varnish (company policy is 21 or over for solvent based products) to a heavily tattooed, multiple pierced 20 year old guy yesterday.... he just raised his eyebrows and left...

cory Wed 18-Sep-13 09:12:21

I was refused to buy CD by a popular female singer a few years ago because I was accompanied by my 12yo dd at the time and might have been buying to supply a minor you bet I was. The songs were on the radio all the time and hence available to anyone entering a store, but of course it is well known that infant ears can only be sullied by an item that has actually been paid for.

The supermarket cashier saw the silliness of the whole thing and after a quick sideways glance leant forward and whispered "of course if you leave your daughter here and go to a till at the other end of the shop..."

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