Sunday, December 21, 2008

Woolworths ban lightsabers


British supermarket chain Woolworths has restricted the sale of toy lightsabers to people over the age of 18, concerned that the toys could be mistaken for real weapons.

My question is pretty obvious...ummmm WHAT REAL WEAPON??? Tell me the last time you saw a weapon that emitted a 3 foot coherent light beam of such high intensity that it could cut through just about anything? If you are going to ban something that resembles a weapon shouldn't it at least be a REAL weapon?!

admirable, even governmental watchdog the Trading Standards Institute thinks it may be going a little bit too far:

Some companies are going the whole hog and are banning the sale of any weapon-style products to anyone under the age of 18, even if they are clearly toys like these. I think it’s a bit over the top in this instance, but it really is up to the individual companies and stores to set their own rules, they can sell what they want to who they want.

7 comments:

S.M.D. said...

Remember the whole laser from space thing called Star Wars? That's real...wait...you said three feet...nevermind.

Beam Me Up said...

lmao! Hey I was only guesstamating!

Shaun said...

What comes next?

'...and today, Police shot & killed three children who held up EternityBank with light sabers...'

S.M.D. said...

You know...crazier things have made it to the headlines...sadly.

Paul said...

all you need is 24 hours of Fox tv to know the truth of that statement !

Beam Me Up said...

SMD if you're interested in writing for BMU (podcast) and or the blog, drop me a note beammeup@gwi.net

john said...

The final point on all this is that Woolworths here in the UK have now closed down - finito - kaput, after 100years, due to the recession. They've been selling goods at 90% off to clear stocks, and now the ex-staff are selling their uniforms, etc. on Ebay, (I think name tags are about 25 US$).