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To wonder how necessary this question is?

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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.

urtwistingmymelonman Mon 16-Sep-13 10:46:20

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.

FetchezLaVache Mon 16-Sep-13 11:55:50

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...!

IShallWearMidnight Mon 16-Sep-13 13:36:55

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

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