his time by an ill informed cheese counter assitant! I don't know how I would have reacted - I would like to think I would have given the patronising woman a lesson in manners and ante natal nutrition! But more likely I would have gone red and run to the toilets to cry
I don't mind prooving my age to buy alcohol (I would be delighted that the shortsighted conscientious check out assistant thought I might be under 25!).
However the thought that someone working on a deli counter in sainsburys could consider themselves empowered to lecture me on what I am allowed to buy/ eat while pregnant is repugnant! And she was incorrect so adding injury to insult.
I had this in Waitrose yesterday, the lady on the till asked me if I knew I wasn't supposed to eat pate whilst pregnant.
Which almost superseded the 17yr old boy cleaning the spa the other day, who asked me in front of about 20 other people 'you do know your not supposed to be in here when your pregnant don't you' 'and I saw you going into the steam roon'
DH literally had to hold me back on leaving I was told I would need to produce a doctors note if I wanted to come back again
Actually I don't mind the odd pregnancy food fascist because I'm so forgetful. On several occasions I could have done with a nosy waiter or shop assistant saying "Caesar salad? (rare duck/brie sandwich etc etc) - not in your condition madam!" - would have saved me many days of angst.
But I agree if you're going to give a pregnant woman such a "helpful" reminder, at least get your facts right...
Annoying for her but this sounds like a bit of a storm in a teacup. The cheese counter lady sounds a bit elderly if she's going on about 'in her day' and was probably well-meaning if mistaken about the cheese and wrong to say she couldn't have it.
I don't really understand why the server talking about what happened in her day or saying she was lucky to have good information was 'patronising.' In fact, that sounds to me like the server was acknowledging the pregnant woman's knowledge was better than her own.
What a weird article. 'Slight misunderstanding at the cheese counter with batty old lady and pregnant woman'
But by the sound of things she actually refused to sell the cheese to Mrs Lehain unless she promised she wasn't going to eat any of it. That goes beyond well-meaning and into officious, and was also against store policy.
As Sainsbury's said "It is not our policy to refuse sale of goods on grounds that they may be unsuitable for pregnant women, although we do ask our colleagues to make customers aware if there are any safety concerns."
Yeah, I take your point Prof Layton (nice hat but not sure about all that roaming around the place with young boys!)
Although the way I read it, after initially refusing to sell her the cheese, the seller was put right. From that point on, I don't see what was so patronising. Then it just seems to dissolve into chat about 'in my day' which the pregnant woman took offense at. But the report is so poorly written it's not that clear.