The location:- A local DIY super-store, well stocked with just about everything needed for the handyman around the house.
The time:-…..The present day.
The participants:-…..Myself, the would-be shopper: and a young female shop assistant.
The occasion: the scanning of a Stanley knife, which comes complete with three extra blades.
As the knife pack was scanned, an alarm sounded, the warning red light commenced flashing, and a notice leaps up on to the screen, saying, ‘Please wait for a Store Colleague to verify status!’
Enter the tall young shop assistant, who was now identified as ‘The Colleague’.
She sees the knife pack, still in my hands, and asks, with a completely straight face,“Can you confirm that you are over the age of 21?”
My reply; which caused another elderly gent to curl up in smothered hysterics; “Just!”