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Altercation with butcher

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CuriousaboutSamphire Fri 10-Apr-20 13:42:26

DH just came back from our local butcher and is a bit shockconfused

The man being served ahead of him ordered 20 chicken thighs, 20 burgers, sausages, minter lamb chops etc

The butcher serving him said "that sounds like a BBQ for a large crowd" and got told to "just fucking bag it all up" Butcher refused saying that not only did it seriously deplete his sticks but that he wouldn't be party to someone breaking the lockdown regulations. The man got swearier and was asked to leave. As he left he shouted that he had driven "fucking miles" and wouldn't be coming back.

DH thinks he didn't quite expect the round of applause the butcher got, or the "well fuck off back there, then" that was shouted at him by a man probably in his 80s.

Apart from the obvious twattishness it struck us that Mr Big obvious didn't expect a hick town butcher, or customers, to be quite so capable of saying no!

Quite different from my encounter in the farm shop last weekend. Made me wonder how all those of you living in urban areas are doing - not saying all urbanites are tests more that we know who our local twats are and tend not to let them get ahead of themselves.

I hope you are all managing to avoid such prats, wherever you live!

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PrincessConsueIaBananaHammock Fri 10-Apr-20 13:55:17

What true lockdown heroes!!

StylishMummy Fri 10-Apr-20 13:58:28

I love your butcher

MrsSnitchnose Fri 10-Apr-20 14:03:03

Your butcher is a legend ⭐

Laiste Fri 10-Apr-20 14:07:05


Depleting stocks - fair enough, but why didn't he just say that? Honestly it sounds as if the butcher was quite enjoying lording it over this bloke.

We have a big family under one roof and i'd need that amount of meat for a barbi.

Gillian1980 Fri 10-Apr-20 14:13:20

@laiste well the customer could have explained that politely rather than telling the butcher to “fucking bag it all up”. I suspect it was that which turned the transaction sour!

GCAcademic Fri 10-Apr-20 14:16:16

“fucking bag it all up”

What an absolute idiot. Imagine speaking like that to someone who has a cleaver and knows how to use it.

Cocobean30 Fri 10-Apr-20 14:20:08

@Laiste it sounds like the customers reaction to the butcher does in fact confirm that he was having people round a breaking lockdown rules, plus his horrible attitude. He was responding in kind to that

CuriousaboutSamphire Fri 10-Apr-20 14:22:22

Our butcher is a mild mannered man and hasn't been seen to Lord it over anyone. His first comment was made with a smile. Had Mr Big chosen to explain he has 5 kids he probably would have been served. But he didn't. He chose to swear and bluster.

We live in a tiny market town, our local shops serve an ageing community and are doing a huge amount to keep the vulnerable fed. The butcher has given over a cold store to the local food bank and a farm shop that doesn't have town centre premises. He is also coordinating their deliveries. Hardly a bombastic fool.

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L0bstersLass Fri 10-Apr-20 14:26:47

Tremendous. I'd have paid to see that.
The butcher sounds like a great bloke.

Rafflesway Fri 10-Apr-20 14:29:20

Butcher sounds brilliant! 👏👏👏🌟🌟🌟

Elsa8 Fri 10-Apr-20 14:35:17


Elouera Fri 10-Apr-20 14:36:36

Whilst I don't condone anyone swearing at the butcher and telling him to just bag it up, would someone in their 80's be the one doing the shopping for a large family gathering or party? confused.

There is always the chance that he was shopping for other elderly neighbours in isolation in his street/block, buying 3mths worth for him and his wife to stay inside or another legit reason.

Did he say what he needed it all for?

Thisismytimetoshine Fri 10-Apr-20 14:38:06

Well done him

Laughalot20 Fri 10-Apr-20 14:38:38

Love the butcher 😍😍😍

Laughalot20 Fri 10-Apr-20 14:39:15

Also love sweary man in his 80s!

Honeybee85 Fri 10-Apr-20 14:39:26

Great to hear that butcher choose watching out for others over easy money 👏

MereDintofPandiculation Fri 10-Apr-20 14:39:46

would someone in their 80's be the one doing the shopping for a large family gathering or party The OP didn't say his age. The man is 80s was further back in the queue.

Oldbutstillgotit Fri 10-Apr-20 14:40:05

@ Elouera it was a man in the shop who was in his 80s

MsTSwift Fri 10-Apr-20 14:40:48

If it had been for an innocent reason such as he lived in a commune or was buying for the local care home he would have explained it in a calm way his reaction proves he was bang to rights! Plus selfish in buying too much so not enough left for others

CoronaIsComing Fri 10-Apr-20 14:42:09

The man having the huge BBQ wasn’t in his 80s, the man in his 80s was a different customer @Elouera.

Well done to Mr Butcher, the man was clearly having a large meet up.

@Laiste really, that much meat for one family? Are you Sue Redford?

Sparklingplasters Fri 10-Apr-20 14:42:15

Laiste so you have 20 people living at home?

CoronaIsComing Fri 10-Apr-20 14:42:29


Ginfordinner Fri 10-Apr-20 14:43:59

Why are some posters defending the rude man?
If he was buying for a large family of carnivores or for other people he would have said so. His answer was very telling.

Good for the butcher.

CuriousaboutSamphire Fri 10-Apr-20 14:44:01

@Elouera the man in his 80s was another customer. We have a large elderly population, a few over 60s complexes, one of which is over the road from the butcher. Lots of residents have continued to do their own shopping. We just give the extra space, let them jump queues etc.

And no, all Mr Big said was the fucking bag it comment and that he had driven fucking miles to get here. Anything else he might have said was drowned out by comments of the rest of the queue, by which time he had already barged through said queue to get outside - yes, he went out through the in door!

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