Nanny sees dangers in all manner of products, actions and foods; that normal people would never see.
For instance, I wonder how many of you have innocently eaten an avocado without realising how dangerous this particular fruit (yes it is a fruit, not a vegetable) is?
Fortunately for us, Nanny sees beyond our limited horizons; she has identified that avocados are in fact highly dangerous.
At least that seems to be the conclusion following an out of court settlement between Michael McCarthy, a trainee chef, and the Dalmunzie Hotel, Glenshee, Perthshire.
McCarthy, when he was working in the kitchens of the hotel, was attempting to cut an avocado; it seems that the avocado was a tad unripe, his knife slipped and he cut himself.
McCarthy needed surgery after the incident, and claimed that it meant he had to give up his dream of a career as an RAF chef. He now works in a call centre.
Needless to say, being brought up in the Nanny state gave McCarthy a good idea as to what his "rights" were. He tried to sue the hotel for £25K.
That's the way laddie!
He claimed that the hotel should have warned him of the danger that an unripened avocado posed.
In the end the hotel decided to reach an out of court settlement for £3K.
So you see folks, avocados should now have warning labels.
He was a silly chap; he should have sued them on the grounds that avocados are a particularly erotic fruit, in form and texture (well that's my view anyway), as such handling such an arousing fruit would be against his religious (he would have to make one up) sensibilities. He would have got far more money out of them then!
I wonder how many chefs have cut themselves in the kitchen? I know that I have on a few occasions.
-Should they then sue the kitchen that they work in?
-Should they sue the knife manufacturer?
-Should they, perhaps, sue the shop that sold them the knife?
Yesterday, I was robustly grating some ginger; guess what? I grazed my knuckles.
-Should I sue the grater manufacturer?
-Should I sue the person who sold me the grater?
-Should I sue the ginger grower?
-Should I sue the person who sold me the ginger?
-Should I sue myself, for being so clumsy?
So many people to sue, so little time left to do it in! That's all part of the fun of living in a Nanny state.