Overheard at the deli counter in a Sainsbury’s in Sussex (reported by Roz Denny).
Elderly lady customer and young shop assistant.
Assistant (weighing out some cooked prawns) – ‘That’s five pounds over – is that OK?’
Elderly customer (looking shocked) – ‘But I only wanted half a pound’.
Assistant seems completely baffled.
Noticing that the scales read 230 g, I say to the assistant, ‘I think you mean five grams over’.
Assistant – ‘Yes, that’s right, five grams or pounds or whatever’.
He really hadn’t a clue what a pound is.
The elderly lady looked a bit sheepish and said ‘I wish I understood these new measures’ and the lad said he didn’t understand the old ones. We all agreed it is a complete mess.