Sigh…

September 22, 2009

It’s articles like this that make me want to give up on society.  Yep folks, we had a good run at it but I’m sorry to break the news to you, we failed.

Health and safety ban coffee morning pensioners at public library – because they could spill hot drinks on children

A group of pensioners have been banned from holding a coffee morning at a public library for health and safety reasons – in case they spill hot drinks on children.

The seven members of the Over 50s coffee morning have been meeting every Tuesday for the past four years without incident at the Eye Library in Eye, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

But council officials have now axed the meetings claiming that toddlers from a nearby nursery who use the library at the same time could be injured if hot coffee spilt on them.

Yes, it’s true.  The children could have hot beverages spilt on them.  So, instead of having the toddlers in one area and the Over 50s coffee meeting at a table in another area, we’ll just ban the coffee.  After all, one of those little cherubs could get away from the group and could run over to the table and could bump into the table and could have a hot beverage spilt on them.  And then we’ll take all of the books off the shelves because one of the little tykes could climb the shelves and could pull a bunch of books down on top of another munchkin.  And then we’ll be sure to remove all doors from the facility because one of those sweeties could get their fingers caught.

I’m going to take heart in the fact that this happened in the UK and pretend like Canada is immune to this kind of thing.  I’m going to go steep me a pot of tea, sit back and read in the family room with blatant disregard to my kids’ health and safety as they roughhouse right next to the table with my cupa tea.

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