Over the last few months, we stopped using Tesco for our weekly shop: silly little arrows everywhere (which I ignored, much to the angst of Mrs UKFM,) queueing, authoritarian little Hitlers in hi vis vests giving curt 'orders' etc., etc.
So we tried Morrisons at Elland. And there we found a much more relaxed experience. One Asian looking bloke at the bottom of the travelator, always friendly, waving us in with a smile, no objections at all to my refusal to wear the face nappy last week, not quite the range of stock at Tesco's but for the very few items we were unable to get, not really a problem. We did our shopping early (7.30am) and the place was quiet.
This morning - everything had changed: Travelator entrance blocked off, sheep pen type barriers at the opposite entrance, about fifteen sheep in the queue, friendly Asian security man no longer friendly, now wearing Hi-Vis vest with thumbs in armholes, Nazi cop style. Asked other people in the queue what's going on... dumb silence. No one had any idea; just standing there, masked (we weren't even in the damned shop yet for Christ's sake,) like obedient sheep. Mrs UKFM was going to wait but I started kicking off. "Why are you all standing here?" I asked. No reply; not a bloody word. I didn't ask 'friendly' security guard but I'd asked loud enough for him to hear. When I caught his eye, he looked away. It seemed as if there'd been some directive to the effect that people are becoming too relaxed - let's keep them subdued. I continued with the protest. Mrs UKFM could see there was going to be a scene so when I said "Look, I've had enough of this bullshit, I'm off," she didn't argue. We came home. I looked at the list we'd made out - there is nothing we need desperately. So - Monday, we'll try Sainsburys.
Has anyone else had a similar experience in West Yorks/East Lancs/Greater Manchester since Wankcock exercised his 'power' and introduced further restrictions on Thursday via twitter (no doubt after a couple of bottles of wine,) ?
By the way - I think KBF's website is being deliberately tampered with. Any replies to posts get notified - but pressing the link gives a 404 page not found. If anyone has anything to add to this - since I won't see a reply - please email me at either