In response to Mr Hardy’s letter “Has the world gone mad” in last week’s Free Press, sales assistants and shop workers are increasingly getting more and more gyp for the legislation that the Government sets, and the rules put in place by licensing authorities.
It is not the stores’ fault either that they have these policies in place. All convenience stores have these legislations, as do most bistro pubs, where they cannot serve alcohol until a set time (8am, I believe). This is to try to curb harmful drinking habits.
As for the tobacco incident, it is well known that the Government is trying to dissuade people from starting, or make it a hassle for those who smoke to encourage them to give it up. Alas, their lock and key method of displaying tobacco products.
So, I would kindly suggest that if you wish to purchase alcohol at 7am, go to McColl’s in Cornard which opens at 6am and can serve alcohol at that time.
As for your tobacco, perhaps the Kiosk in the precinct might stock it, and you can spend as much time as you wish gandering at the various pictures of disfigurement caused by smoking that the Government insist on.
Sadly, this is the way of the world, and it is not the fault of the staff who are just following the law to make an honest living. Perhaps your letter would have been better suited to an MP or to an authority on the matter to see why they have imposed such measures.