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  • #150614
    MaureenMaureen
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    I read yesterday that police are talking about checking people’s supermarket trolleys?

    Surely this can’t be allowed?! How on earth can anyone decide what is an ‘essential’ item from a supermarket? It’s got me really anxious

    #150615
    AvatarMarc Crosby
    Keymaster

    Hi Maureen,

    Thanks for your post.

    I think that was more of an idle threat so people stay in over the Bank Holiday weekend. Priti Patel herself clarified yesterday that checking supermarket trolleys is ‘not appropriate’, so I don’t think you have too much to worry about.

    Keep yourself safe, don’t go out shopping unless you have to, but hopefully that eases your concerns.

    #150617
    MaureenMaureen
    Participant

    Hi Maureen, Thanks for your post. I think that was more of an idle threat so people stay in over the Bank Holiday weekend. Priti Patel herself clarified yesterday that checking supermarket trolleys is ‘not appropriate’, so I don’t think you have too much to worry about. Keep yourself safe, don’t go out shopping unless you have to, but hopefully that eases your concerns.

    Oh thanks, that’s good to know. Got no problem with them making sure people are only making essential trips but checking trolleys is a bit too far!!

     

    #150620
    AvatarMarc Crosby
    Keymaster

    Oh thanks, that’s good to know. Got no problem with them making sure people are only making essential trips but checking trolleys is a bit too far!!

     

    No worries Maureen. I think everyone is a little anxious at the moment.

    #150632
    WinnieWinnie
    Participant

    I read yesterday that police are talking about checking people’s supermarket trolleys? Surely this can’t be allowed?! How on earth can anyone decide what is an ‘essential’ item from a supermarket? It’s got me really anxious

    I heard that someone got a warning from getting easter egg, as it is a non-essential item 🤔

    #150638
    AvatarTira
    Participant

    Essential items are purely subjective.

    #150640
    Annie ThorpeAnnie Thorpe
    Keymaster

    I think there’d be a huge backlash if they did start policing shopping baskets!

    From a legal position, shops offer an ‘invitation to treat’ – which means they’re responsible for what they sell, not what you buy. If the Government decided some things were ‘non-essential’, it’d be the shops’ responsibility to remove the items from the shelves – not your responsibility to not put them in your basket. At the moment, nothing has been officially restricted like this, so as long as you can buy it in the shop you’re fine!

    #150650
    PaulPaul
    Participant

    Glad to hear there are no official restrictions. Something like that would drive me crazy!

    #150655
    MaureenMaureen
    Participant

    I think there’d be a huge backlash if they did start policing shopping baskets! From a legal position, shops offer an ‘invitation to treat’ – which means they’re responsible for what they sell, not what you buy. If the Government decided some things were ‘non-essential’, it’d be the shops’ responsibility to remove the items from the shelves – not your responsibility to not put them in your basket. At the moment, nothing has been officially restricted like this, so as long as you can buy it in the shop you’re fine!

     

    Thanks Annie! I’ve been paranoid buying Easter Eggs with my weekly shop in case they weren’t deemed ‘essential’!!

    #150664
    Annie ThorpeAnnie Thorpe
    Keymaster

    No worries, Maureen! I think lots of people are concerned about this – but actually, supermarkets themselves have said that even with restrictions on how many items of each type you can buy, Easter eggs aren’t included. So you can buy as many as you like 🙂 they got the stock in ages ago, so they need to clear it – which is why you’ll still see ‘3 for 2’ or similar offers on Easter eggs even in shops that aren’t running any other promotions!

    I can’t wait for the day AFTER Easter Monday… when all the chocolate goodies are reduced!

    #150689
    Sam SmithSam Smith
    Participant

    Hi Maureen,

    I was stopped by the police the other day. I was literally going for a drive with my dog around the country lanes, no destination in mind. I live in a remote rural area and wanted to run my car to make sure the battery was charged. And it gave my dog and I a change of scenery. If the battery dies I’m stranded, so running my car is necessary to be getting out and about when I need to. I don’t want to have to call the AA and interact with them if I don’t need to.

    We were pulled over 2 miles into our journey. I told the officer the truth and also said that I wasn’t planning on leaving the car throughout the journey. My Type-R its my favourite toy and I just wanted to go for a cruise. Due to me not actually going anywhere I wasn’t in breach of any social isolation rules. The officer in question understood and let me go on my way. I was polite and so was he. He did advise me to do this sparingly though. Such as once a week.

    I’ve driven to my local village and back to collect takeaways and shop for essentials. I’ve not been pulled over since.

    #150786
    Annie ThorpeAnnie Thorpe
    Keymaster

    My partner just got back from popping to the shop for fun food (we all need chocolate and snacks to keep us happy at the moment!) – the cashier said: “That’s not really an essential shop, is it?”

    If you get this response from anyone at all, just remember to answer: “If the shop sells it, it’s essential, and I can buy it.”

    (And perhaps tell them to keep their nose out of your basket, too!).

    #150789
    JasmineJasmine
    Keymaster

    Wow that’s nuts! It seems that some police areas are more stringent than others. Where I live in central London we can’t sit down in one park – have to keep moving. But in another park people seem to be happily sitting on benches without being moved on. Odd

    #150803
    KieraKiera
    Participant

    It’s really hard to know what you’re allowed to do in a park isn’t it. I like yoga espeically outdoors and in nice weather like this. If I’m staying away from other people, does this count as my daily hour exercise? Or will I get moved on? Its a bit like the essential items thing isn’t it – one person thinks one way, another thinks something else, so there’s no real understanding of it all.

     

    I saw a dad and two boys I know at the park playing kickabout, too. They were away from everyone else and it was clearly their exercise but if I didn’t know they were from the same house it would look like they weren’t distancing. Does a football kickabout count as daily exercise too or does that break tthe rules? It’s all pretty confusing

    #150852
    Sam SmithSam Smith
    Participant

    It is a little hard to know what’s okay and what’s not. I took my dog to a field for some flyball. Just he and I, no other human interaction. We saw other dog walkers but we were all sensible and kept our distance. I’m doing this a couple of times a week as Loki is a big dog and needs to run a lot. Nobody has said anything.

    Although I did see two lads (brothers who live in the same house) playing basketball and got moved on by police.

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