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He should have been flattered…

A balding 49-year-old was asked for proof of his age when he bought a bag of party poppers at Tesco.

Staff told postman Maurice Harris he had to prove he was over 18 as the £1.99 bag of 50 poppers were classed as explosives.

He was finally sold them when a security guard he knew at the store in Bedworth, Warwicks, vouched for him, reports The Sun.

Mr Harris said: “I’m 50 next month but I look older. I’ve hardly got a hair on my head.” Tesco has apologised.

via Ananova

I, on the other hand, was asked if I was eligible for a senior discount for the first time when I was about 40. I just put my hand out and took it.

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January 19, 2009 Posted by | People | Comments Off on He should have been flattered…

Strange Push-Up Robot is Scary, especially after the arms fall off.

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January 19, 2009 Posted by | Robots, Strange | Comments Off on Strange Push-Up Robot is Scary, especially after the arms fall off.

Probably shouldn’t have used duct tape. Too obvious.

A hungry supermarket shopper claimed his lobster was bad, but deputies said it was all a shell game.

Walter U. Tessier, 57, [Albany NY] walked into the Price Chopper on Saturday with a lobster in hand saying he wanted to return it because ”it was bad,” Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies said.

Grocers were about to allow Tessier to trade the $10.99 lobster for a $27 bag of king crab legs when they discovered the lobster was all shell. Tessier had eaten it and put the shell parts back together, deputies said.

Times Union – Albany NY.

January 19, 2009 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off on Probably shouldn’t have used duct tape. Too obvious.

Once again: Don’t mess with grannies.

It is the sort of exasperation we have all felt in the face of poor service and officialdom. But Tracey Fox wasn’t prepared to play the poor helpless housewife.

After surviving without her washing machine for three weeks and a string of failed repair attempts, she took the law into her own hands. . . and kidnapped the engineer.

Locking the doors to her three-bedroom terrace home she told the bemused workman: ‘You might as well dial 999 because you’re not leaving until it’s fixed.’

More at  Mail Online.

She held him hostage for 15 minutes but let him go just before the cops arrived. The repairman said he wouldn’t call the cops because he didn’t want her to get into trouble but he did call his manager who probably did call them. No charges were filed and the company gave her a new washing machine.

January 19, 2009 Posted by | appliances, Strange | Comments Off on Once again: Don’t mess with grannies.