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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

When health & safety committees put up Christmas trees

The town of Poole in Dorset, UK puts up a Christmas tree according to "strict health and safety guidelines":
Shoppers stared in bemusement at the mysterious object that landed in a shopping precinct in Poole, Dorset, this week. Some compared it to a giant traffic cone, a witch’s hat or a cheap special effect from an early episode of Doctor Who.

The 33ft structure turned out to be their Christmas tree, designed according to the principles of health and safety, circa 2009.

Thus it has no trunk so it won’t blow over, no branches to break off and land on someone’s head, no pine needles to poke a passer-by in the eye, no decorations for drunken teenagers to steal and no angel, presumably because it would need a dangerously long ladder to place it at the top.

(HT: Reason Hit & Run)

1 comment:

Marx-A-Million said...

Christmas must be destroyed! Elect Bob Rae Prime Minister!

progressivemarxist.blogspot.com/2009/12/christmas-must-be-defeated.html