St Helens, the soldier and the ciggies

Don’t know if you saw this:


A uniformed British soldier was refused cigarettes by an Indian shopkeeper, there was a Facebook storm, people were urged to boycott the shop, a crowd gathered, police came in.  Here’s the result:

1.  The notice from the shop’s management read: “We were under the impression that by law we were not permitted to serve under 18s and army personnel in uniforms cigarettes.

BS, utter BS.  What the hell do regulations on children have to do with soldiers?  This is very clearly what it appears to be.  But get this:

2. “Although police have not received a report of complaint from the shop, a full investigation into the wider comments being made is underway by the SIGMA team in St Helens.

“Police are looking into whether any of these comments constitute a criminal offence under the Malicious Communications and Public Order Acts..

There it is.  A complaint from the shop?  St Helens is not an area known for its niceties.  Let’s see the shopkeeper try.  More likely he’d be worried both about his business and about his personal safety.

Let’s transfer this to India.  I’m a shopkeeper.  In walks an Indian soldier.  Do I refuse the man cigarettes? Am I insane?

Back to St Helens.  Police received no complaints but they’re going to nail someone British if it’s the last thing they do.

6 comments for “St Helens, the soldier and the ciggies

  1. October 24, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    The shop’s entry at gives the following contact details –

    3A Hardshaw Centre
    St Helens
    WA10 1EB View on map
    T: 01744 234 15

    You can add a review, too – there have been several already.

    • October 24, 2014 at 8:25 pm


    • Furor Teutonicus
      October 25, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      Tried. It will nor let me. Bastards!

  2. October 24, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    What a load of old Bull. You are of course spot on James whoever is made to “pay” for the shopkeepers racism, because thats what it is, will be English.
    If an English shopkeep done this to an Indian the English shop keeper would have had brick through his windows and most likely been stabbed by a gang of yot’s bruv.
    God I am so sick of it really.

  3. Furor Teutonicus
    October 25, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    XX The shop’s Indian owner later apologised, insisting that staff had believed cigarettes could not be sold to soldiers wearing military uniform. XX

    How stupid do you have to be, or do you think we are, that you/we believe that, you twat?

  4. October 26, 2014 at 4:39 am

    Aha, I have this one queued up for next week. Will link.

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