ID needed to buy chocolate pudding because “you might burn yourself”

ID needed to buy chocolate pudding because “you might burn yourself”

The latest insanity from the UK:

If you’re lucky enough to look about 18, there’s a good chance you’ll be asked to provide ID at the supermarket to buy alcohol, knives or glue. Now an addition has been made to that list of potentially hazardous items – chocolate pudding.

Robert Nemeti was amazed when he was asked for ID while buying a microwaveable pudding at Tesco.

Mr Nemeti, 24, was going through the self-service checkout when an on-screen warning announced that his purchase had to be ‘approved’.

A member of staff at the store in Southampton hurried over and asked Mr Nemeti to produce identification.

When asked why, the female assistant told him that the Cadbury Hot Chocolate Pudding would get hot when cooked and may burn him…

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6 thoughts on “ID needed to buy chocolate pudding because “you might burn yourself”

  1. Adrian

    We already have this is Australia. I once attempted to purchase a plastic cutlery set from Safeway using a self-serve checkout. When I scanned the item, a warning appeared and a staff member asked me for my ID.

    Even more interestingly, the person who checked my ID couldn’t purchase plastic cutlery herself.

  2. Colin Spencer

    When WorkCover advisors or officials turn up at my business, they do spend a lot of time discussing the amount of information we need to put up on the walls for staff and visitors to read before doing anything at all. So, having absorbed all of that information and failed to find time to perform their usual tasks, they are supposed to have been productive? Not likely. And, will they remember any of the inane advice that they have read? Why would they, most of it they learned while children. It is called common sense.

  3. RexAlan

    It’s not April 1st is it.


    I’m surprised that the staff member neglected to advise Mr Nemeti that the chocolate pudding may also cause an increase in weight, be high in preservatives and have a slight risk of causing cancer. I believe Mr Nemeti may have a legal case against Tesco for failing to inform him of several other possible side effects from consuming the chocolate pudding. However, the fact that the staff member gave the responsible and timely warning about the possibility of burning is a credit to the staff member and indicates that the OH and S guidelines are being adhered to by Tesco.
    So, who is to blame and where do we go from here?
    Well, certainly Cadbury are partly to blame as they are the producers of the product.

    Mr Nemeti, while seemingly the innocent victim, needs to answer a few questions himself! Why the chocolate pudding in preference over the non heatable apple pie? Did he consider Tesco as an easy target for his solicitors who were waiting in the wings for a convenient OH&S lawsuit.

    And what about Tesco, the main player in this legal battle. Let’s face it, they had the chocolate pudding in stock and were only too happy to sell it to some unsuspecting 24 year old man who happened to have the name Robert Nemeti.

    Only time will tell as this mystery unravells before our eyes on “Nanny State – you’re living in it” only on Prime TV.

  5. As I’m getting pretty old, perhaps I should be receiving special instructions on how to eat hot chocolate pudding safely – better yet if I don’t eat it at all – what a crock!!

  6. Brian Osborne

    The nanny state is an appropriate target for the IPA, but is the latter doing anything to rein in the fat legal eagles of the compensation litigation industry? Good old common sense doesn’t get in the way of these people. For effects, please look at their causes.
    Instruction books for things we buy, such as lawnmowers are bloated with safety precautions to such an extent that they are automatically ignored and are counterproductive. The warnings depict us as utter fools, which indeed we are if we go on tolerating the depredations of these lawyers.

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