Salt shakers are being removed from counters and table-tops at curry houses, fish and chip shops and cafes in a council-backed health drive./facepalm
Will it ever stop? Even the dreaded 'cuts' don't seem to be curtailing any council's desire to meddle and interfere and nanny...
It means thousands of customers in Greater Manchester will have to ask for salt if they want to add it to their food.And when they do, will they get a query as to why they want it? Will they have to submit themselves to a lecture first?
Probably, if this mouthy cow is any indication:
In Stockport, five shops have already signed up to the 'out of sight, out of mind' scheme and the council hope it will spread.Firstly, if they are already asking for salt, then you must already be carrying this policy out. Why tout it as something new?
Among them is Taylor's Fish and Chips in Woodley, where manager Anne Wallace says customers often ask for salt without thinking.
She said: 'We just wanted people to stop and think. Don't just shake it for the sake of it.'
Secondly, your job is to cook and serve food - not to tell the customer what they want or need, and certainly not to wonder if they need salt. It's to keep the food hot and tasty and reasonably-priced, the salt and vinegar refilled, and to keep your damn nose out of what the customers want to put on their fish and chips!
If they want plain old salt and vinegar, OK. If they want ketchup, fine, it's a fruit after all, and probably counts as part of their five-a-day. If they want mayo, they're probably foreign, and the kindest thing you could do for them is show them the quickest way back to civilisation.
But what you are not in business to do is lecture them. Not even with the council's backing. No matter how good it might make you feel.Indeed. I'm not planning any trips to Woodley, but if I were going, I think I'd visit this emporium and order some fish and chips. With as much damn salt as I wanted.
Councillor Jones said the council's latest move could actually be counterproductive.
He said: 'British people don't like being ordered around. If you actually want people to use more salt, then tell them not to. It's a foolish thing to do.'
And then I'd eat them, with evident satisfaction, right in front of this withered old hag....