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Case 94 - British Legion shop refuses to pass customers a pin to attach their poppy 'because of health and safety'

Issue

A British Legion shop is refusing to pass customers a pin to attach their poppy. The customer has to take their own pin and the reason given was 'because of health and safety'.

Panel decision

The suggestion that someone cannot pass a pin to a customer to attach their poppy on grounds of health and safety is just ridiculous. There are no health and safety laws which prevent this and it seems to be a gross overreaction to the remote possibility that someone might prick their finger. Given that we all buy poppies to commemorate those who put their lives at risk in the service of their country, this excessive concern about a minor risk is doubly ironic.

2012-11-07