Every year, the pensioners band together and have a Christmas whip-around for the woman who helps make their daily lives more bearable.And that can't be allowed to continue, can it?
With some in their 90s and too frail to go out shopping, it has become their way of thanking Debbie Morgan for all her hard work.
The Somer Community Housing Trust has written to each resident to say staff cannot take cash or cheques as gifts and that they should buy cards or chocolate instead.Who the hell are they to tell elderly residents what they can and can't do with their own money? Have they forgotten who the customers are here?
The whip-round ban comes after a long line of restrictions on the relationship between the tenants and Ms Morgan that have been imposed by the Trust.As long as she does this in her own time, why not? Since when did employers decide that having their staff go the extra mile for their customers was a bad thing?
She has already been banned from making dinner for residents and arranging coffee mornings, quiz nights and entertainment events.
The warden has also been told she cannot organise a Christmas party for the residents or attend funerals when they die.
And meanwhile, the state is busy institutionalising this bizarre attitude...
Members of the public are being urged not to send unsolicited Christmas presents to troops in Afghanistan.Apparently, it makes the job of the pencil pushers too difficult:
Capt Charlie Malcolm, who is in charge of post at Camp Bastion in Helmand province, said: "For personnel deployed overseas, personal mail from loved ones is very important.The state: slowly crushing and stifling every generous gesture and private act of charity.
"But the system can be completely overwhelmed by the public's generous donations, which results in mail from family and friends being delayed.
"The main cause of this is the huge and unmanageable number of welfare parcels, sent by well-meaning members of the public, to recipients not personally known to the sender."
The better to reinforce the view that all largesse comes from the state. Not from individuals.