Ooh - the Tesco that can afford to lose customers is in Cardiff! |
Calling Jonnowales -
read Sally's post 293 and tell me - how do you feel about organising a few hundred students to don their jammies and descend all at once upon the local Tesco?
The headmaster has no right to insult his parents either. He probably has a wife who makes him breakfast and puts his clothes out for him. Or domestic staff...
Reply #301. Feb 02 10, 9:34 PM
LOL Lesley - My mother told me about this story a couple days ago and we came to the conclusion that if hygiene is the issue then stop all the builders etc. coming into the store with muddy trousers. I believe that point was raised on 'This Morning'. I have walked past some people in supermarkets who absolutely stink - they weren't wearing pyjamas. Again if hygiene is the problem should they not be escorted off the premises? The aisles of Tesco are not catwalks and more importantly this flies in the face of everything people say about superficiality regarding appearance. Apparently now you have to make an effort to look good? Should we be concerned about the elderly woman, confused as to whether to buy full cream or skimmed milk, who thinks you are lazy? Should we be concerned about the middle-aged guy, agonising over top brand muesli versus supermarket own, and his opinions regarding your apparel? NO. Pick your milk, pick your muesli and p*** off!|
When you said Tesco in Cardiff I was thinking for a second that it was the super-massive one that is a two minute walk from me. But it wasn't. I haven't entered a supermarket in pyjamas (I have gone to a corner shop at the end of my street back home in pyjamas though) but I don't have a problem with people who do. If you don't want the £100...then fine.
I don't know why people shop so much in Tesco anyway it is ridiculously expensive (£4.50 now for a 'Finest' meal - is it any wonder students eat at McDonalds at £3.99 for meal and drink already cooked?) and isn't all that nice either. I have migrated from Tesco to Marks & Spencer which seems to have a reputation for being expensive but the cost of my weekly shop has gone down - nicer food as well. I only go to Tesco now for drinks and sugary treats and that is out of proximity rather than choice...M&S is about a 50 minute walk from me.
As for the Headmaster, Mr McGuinness, well what a jobsworth. From the article:
"The head teacher said no-one would go to see their bank manager or doctor without getting dressed, and asked why parents thought it was okay to go to school like that."
Umm because the parents don't go to school? Been there, done that and got the uniform would apply here I think. They are not under your authority either so you have no mandate to do anything about it.
Again from the article:
"He added: 'There used to be about 15 to 20 pyjama-wearing parents but there is anything up to 50 now - and they are all women.'"
What is the deal with the extension there? Of what relevance is it at all that all the "culprits" are women? Seems slightly misogynistic to me, what sort of example does that demonstrate to the kids?
Reply #302. Feb 03 10, 3:03 PM
'Ere, Jon, what you got against confused old ladies? :p |
I agree with you, there are much worse, dirtier, less hygienic, more smelly things than pyjamas.
Are "Finest" meals really £4.50? for one? Goodness, they must be having a laugh. And if they don't realise that their attitude alienates more people than pyjama-clad people ever could, perhaps they will as ex-customers walk past, thumbing their nose, and get nicer and cheaper food elsewhere.
I suppose that getting fresh ingredients, and cooking a meal for three for £4, is out of the question? Ah well - it was worth asking.
A woman I knew ages ago had a son the same age as Jonathan, and managed (with her mother's support) to do a part-time job. When she had a bit of time to herself, she would try and get more done in the house. When her husband had a bit of time to himself, he would go fishing.
I think that is a nice representation of the attitude of a lot of men. He spends 40 or thereabouts hours a week working, and that's his contribution. She spends 168 hours a week looking after the house and on call to the children - it's her job, and children are a subset of housework until they're old enough to ask him to help with homework or to go to the pub with him. So, when she's struggling to get children up and fed and out, he's made *himself* a cup of coffee and some toast and is half-way to work.
And the message from Headmaster Jobsworth? Easy. "It's a woman's job to run round us and see to our every need, and to make sure they look good while they're doing it. Oh - and don't forget - smile, girl, smile!"
Reply #303. Feb 03 10, 4:34 PM
The fact that Tesco say they acted on other customers complaints makes me wonder if there's more to that story than meets the eye. Our Sainsbury's in Southend insists on people being fully clothed as well. My daughter says it's a lot nicer "Not having grey haired, saggy boobs with wrinkled tattoos thrust in my face while I'm working". I think she was talking about the men but I'm not sure. |
Sorry, but there was a mistype in my original post. What I meant to say was that I can't see why it's harder for single mums to throw on their clothes in the morning than it is for any other mother. I worked day shifts when my oldest was little and pretty much had to get us both in a reasonably presentable condition before we left the house. It's hard, but perfectly doable. My mum bought up two kids while she was working and was never less than immaculate. Sorry, but if you're a mum and you're not working you do have the luxury of time, and I think you're setting an appalling example to your kids if you can't be bothered to get dressed before taking them to school. As for wandering round Tesco's in your jim-jams, you're pretty much advertising the fact that you haven't had a wash or put on clean underwear. I realise plenty of people don't but they don't advertise the fact! Whether Tesco is right or wrong to ban them is another matter, but I suppose it's up to them.
Reply #304. Feb 03 10, 5:09 PM
They may be acting on customer complaints or they may be lying. You never really know with supermarkets. |
I agree, it didn't take me long to shrug on a few clothes before I went to the school (easier if I laid them out the night before), even if I couldn't quite manage the full coiffure and make-up. And I've never gone outside the house in my nightclothes either. But I wouldn't judge, condemn or insult anyone who did. We can't know what they went through to get there.
If Tesco can impose a dress code, when will they impose noise codes - children who scream or cry for longer than three seconds must leave the premises? Or behaviour codes? So anyone who blocks an aisle with their trolley, or queue-jumps by standing in a queue while their children run round getting the shopping, will be asked to leave the shop? Anyone who parks in a parent and child spot, or a disabled spot, without a child or a disability, will be banned?
My local Sainsburys banned a group of pensioners for brawling over food which had been marked down. It could catch on!
Reply #305. Feb 03 10, 6:36 PM
Dave,perhaps he thinks verbal gaffs are a presidential requirement? As with George Dubya? Or Rocket Ronnie?
Maybe they should start a club with HRH Prince Phillip,Duke of Edinburgh?
Suggested club names,on a postcard,to...........!
Reply #307. Feb 05 10, 7:34 AM
Thing is, every time G.W. did something like this, it was headline news for days. Now this doofuss gets a free pass. And it's worse than anything Dubya ever did. "Corpse-man" three times! |
Reply #308. Feb 05 10, 12:54 PM
Do I detect a slight dislike for your president? Well,I don't suppose your hero,Joseph Raymond McCarthy,would approve either.
Reply #309. Feb 05 10, 1:16 PM
Tailgunner Joe would have known how to pronounce "corpsman." But, of course, he didn't go to Harvard.|
Reply #310. Feb 05 10, 1:31 PM
Ah! "Two nations divided by a common language".
Call someone a 'tailgunner' this side of the pond and you might get thump! LOL!
Reply #311. Feb 05 10, 1:51 PM
Rugby 7's went off with a bang in Wellington this weekend:-)We provided great weather,a fantastic crowd and the players put on a display that rocked! NZ was knocked out by Samoa in the semis [gutted], with the tournament honours going to Fiji in a thrilling final. The Ozzie vs Sth Africa play off was also a cliff hanger.|
To all the Nations who came to our great little city...You did your homelands proud!You all played with speed,gusto,and partied with the crowd in between games! It was a thrilling two days; when the players hit town tonight, they'll be treated like the Giants they are! :-)
(especially those Argentinians, purrrrr!)
Reply #313. Feb 06 10, 4:01 AM
Priest accused of being drunk during funeral |
A Swedish family are demanding £27,000 compensation from a pastor who slurred his way through a funeral service while sipping from a glass of wine and making rude comments.
By Allan Hall
Published: 1:38PM BST Daily Telegraph
The clergyman is accused of being so wobbly at one point during the service for an 80-year-old woman that he almost fell to his knees.He is alleged to have pulled himself back up "using the altar like it was a climbing frame for an ape".
When he regained his balance, he quipped to the congregation: "Bit dodgy that - somewhere left a banana skin here."He is also accused of fondling a female mourner at one point, kissing her hand and saying; "Do you fancy nipping back to the vestry for an aquavit?"
The family of the deceased man complained to the Church of Sweden who are investigating the reverend following the funeral.The quips he made while giving the funeral oration for the woman made mourners squirm in embarrassment.At one point he said: "The family wanted an open coffin but I am worried about swine flu. If you sneeze on her you might have to wipe the smile off her face."One angry relative told the Helsingsborg Handesblat newspaper: "He was so tanked up it was an embarrassment."It was an incoherent waffle for 30 minutes. He read out a poem to the old lady and nobody understood a word.The information that the grandchildren of the deceased gave him to read out he totally ignored. If he didn't have the altar to lean on he would have fallen over."
The dead woman's daughter said how "uncomfortable" she was as the priest kissed her hand just before she walked up to the coffin."Everyone knew the priest was drunk," she told another newspaper. "We cannot rebury my mother so we are demanding compensation."
All the relatives signed a collective letter to the Church of Sweden saying the priest had "destroyed" the funeral service.The priest is lying low since the incident but one of his sons told a Stockholm paper: "We have received information that he denies he was drunk but all the people in the church say otherwise."
Reply #314. Feb 07 10, 12:57 PM
They're at it again! |
" Tesco bans father from carrying his daughter on his shoulders (at least he wasn't in his pyjamas) "
He'd just walked into the shop, with his six-year-old daughter on his shoulders, when a security guard said she would have to come down "for safety reasons, otherwise they would have to leave the supermarket as they presented a potential danger to other shoppers." He was furious, left immediately, and won't go back. His daughter doesn't want to go to Tesco now either.
"A Tesco spokeswoman urged Martin to return to the store and talk to the manager about his concerns." Yes, I can see that happening!
Reply #315. Feb 08 10, 9:18 AM
I'm not the only person who needs a new GP. |
" When little Bella Flint fell ill, a GP ruled the child was probably just attention seeking after becoming unsettled by the arrival of a baby sister. Luckily, the four-year-old's mother was not so quick to dismiss her symptoms and set about diagnosing Bella herself, with the aid of the internet. "
I've never heard of sibling rivalry making a child vomit immediately on waking every morning. Eventually, her mother got a GP who would listen. The child had a medulloblastoma and has been treated now. It's rare but the original GP had better not use that as an excuse for brushing her off.
Reply #316. Feb 08 10, 11:58 AM
Technology marches on. Last night we got 6" of snow here in Springfield, IL. That's not unusual. But an article in our newspaper caught my eye. This is a very liberal city, and our city government is dedicated to fighting global warming. So they replaced all the traffic signals with LED lights, that are supposedly 80% more energy efficient than the old incandescent lights. There's only one problem: the LED lights don't produce enough heat to melt the snow that accumulates on them, and the city has no way`to clean the snow off them. Their solution was to announce that motorists should treat any intersection where the signals are not visible as a "four-way stop." Yeah, that's going to work. Ah, the wonders of science!|
Reply #317. Feb 09 10, 12:05 PM
" A Haitian rice vendor may have lived trapped under the rubble of a market for 27 days with little more than water to survive on, a doctor has said.|
" The man, trapped under the debris after the building collapsed in the country's devastating earthquake, recounted the dramatic tale of survival to medical workers after regaining consciousness.
" He said he had just finished selling rice for the day when the quake struck, adding he had been able to survive because he was trapped in an area where stall-holders sold food and drink. "
Reply #318. Feb 10 10, 8:53 PM
That is an amazing and good story Lesley.|
DaveR, that is priceless and kind of scary. Being from NYC where there are lights all over and they occasionaly go out, all it takes is one person too scared to make a move for a whole line of cars to be stuck. Not to mention the gotta get there now mentality that causes many to not go one on one, once that lane is moving forward no one stops.
I would love to read the minutes of the meeting that OKed the LED lights.
Perhaps the Global Warming Experts that sold the City Officials on the idea might want some real scientists as part of their team, or people with practical knowledge.
Reply #319. Feb 10 10, 9:54 PM
The LED story is slightly sad because so many people can't correctly work a 4-way stop. |
Reply #320. Feb 11 10, 11:58 AM
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