This is something no doubt littejohn will comment on: “Banned by the goggle police: How 'elf and safety has stopped a man swimming in his local pool after 30 years
The Daily Mail labels “elf and safety nazi’s” “goggle police” for stopping him using his goggles:
'I've used these goggles in more than 100 different pools in countries including Germany, Spain, France and Portugal and no one else has ever complained or questioned why I am using them.
'I'm not allowed to wear them here because they cover my nose. They just don't seem to like the shape of the frame.”
Now, a typical Mail reader’s reaction will agree with the paper’s stance on “Elf and safety gone mad; why are they getting involved? Littlejohn will probably use a made up Dad’s army sketch
But what was the spin-free justification on banning these googles?
But pool bosses defended their decision to eject Mr Grimm - declaring his goggles were not shatterproof and breached industry guidelines.
Centre manager Gary Dark said: 'Non-shatterproof panels in enclosed environments can cause facial injury on impact with pool surfaces or other bathers and may pose a further hazard in relation to broken glass remaining on the pool floor.
'Full face masks that cover the nose can also cause breathing difficulties if water is swallowed and may restrict vision which can cause an accident.'
Yeah, thought so: they actually had a valid reason. This is just an illustration of how the Mail manipulates stories to its own scare-mongering agenda. You implement safety guidelines, they label you a Nazi.
You really couldn’t make it up
All he has to do is tell them he's a Jedi Knight that this type of face mask is absolutely essential to preserve the 'Force' or some other clap trap.
- Mike Randall, Worcester England, 19/9/2008 12:14
er, yeah. *backs away slowly*
Common sense out the window. YOU MUST OBEY THE RULES!!!!
- Brian Tomlin, Morpeth, England, 19/9/2008 12:10
Common sense is not having dangerous googles in a pool you thick muppet. Try THINKING.
here we are, common sense:
Here we go again. Somebody who doesn't think the rules should apply to him. If the glass is not shatterproof then the risk is obvious. Nobody would argue that people should be allowed to take glass bottles near a swimming pool would they? If he gives me his address I will buy him some new ones.
- Billy Blighty, Sydney, Australia, 19/9/2008 0:48
Masks which cover the nose may restrict vision? I suggest that whoever came up with that pathetic excuse need to take a long look at their reflection in a mirror. Either that or they seek urgent medical advice.
- Jimmy R, Scotland, 19/9/2008 1:42
Cunt missses the point.
- helen harrison-parker, berlin, 19/9/2008 1:45
So perhaps this centre manager can explain how this man's plastic face mask differs from somebody wearing plastic goggles and a nose clip which are allowed and sold by most leisure centres.
The comment about breathing difficulties are complete rot and this man knows it. He is obviously trying to cover up a decision that he knows was plain stupid and lacking in common sense. As for the 'misting up' comment and poor visibility everyone who has ever worn goggles, as opposed to a face mask, knows that they mist up as well.
I would suggest that this leisure centre stops selling such items if they are doing so, in case they breach H & S legislation.
- Dave, Gloucester, 19/9/2008 2:16
These idiots who run the swimming pool, should be sacked, and replaced with people who have some brains who can make sensible decisions. Such morons should be sweeping the roads, or cleaning toilets, no ofence to people who allready do such jobs.
- D Walmsley, Leeds, 19/9/2008 3:29
This is awful.
So Mr Grimm is not capable of making his own decisions? Or should that be making his own risk assessment? We are not allowed to think for ourselves any more, or decide what or what not to wear. Some people have an awful lot to answer for these days. It's enough to make your teeth itch.
- James Mills, Liverpool, England, 19/9/2008 3:31
He is obviously not capable, no.
Welcome to Britain, full of jobsworths. Let the man swim!
- Jade, Northampton, 19/9/2008 3:35
"'My lenses are plastic" -of course he's safe for forty years. What kind of idiot is running that pool? Oh, yes some Government dibble!
- Steve, Chicago, USA, 19/9/2008 4:16
So is there anyone left in Britain that isn't a do-gooder, busybody? Until someone falls flat on their face on some concrete and the goggles shatter, they shouldn't have anything to say.
Oh wait, even if they do shatter, they still shouldn't have anything to say. Good lord, UK. What a bunch of pansies you've become!
- Matt, Fairfax, VA, USA, 19/9/2008 5:25
I'm a jobsworth, I'm a jobsworth.....etc! Nuliebour have given power to more little Hitlers than any preceeding government!
- John Smith, London UK, 19/9/2008 5:49
Everyday I hate this country a little more...
- tina harper, london, 19/9/2008 6:35
That's what reading the Mail does for you.
Its a pity these useless swimming-pool people can´t find a proper job.
- steve lee, whitley bay, geordieland, 19/9/2008 8:19
eh, it is a real job
I wondered what today's unbelievable nonsense in Britain's Brave New World would be - now I know. Will we ever have a day off from this meddling?
- charlie, Athens, Greece, 19/9/2008 8:35
Health and safety gets a bad press, sometimes justified, but this time they're right. The plastic isn't shatterproof and if that broke in the pool by say another swimmers foot kicking out accidently it could be very serious. Surely he can go down to his local sports shop and buy a modern pair?
- Gordon Kerr, Stroud, 19/9/2008 8:44
The pool bosses are just doing what they think is best and safest.
Please let us not have lots of "This is the final straw, I am leaving this once-great nation" etc, as this is an isolated case.
- graeme carter, London, UK, 19/9/2008 8:44
Health and safety in the country, has gone, quite literally mad!
- louise, suffolk, 19/9/2008 8:49
Don't give in! Keep going to the same pool and using the same goggles, if anyone comes in the water and touches you have them arresed for assault. I really don't know what they can actualy do in terms of action apart from bang off non existant EU "guidelines". If they threaten to call the police ignore them, just keep swimming like you have done for 40 years, wait for them to arrive and see for themselves just how pathetic this is. I'm sure if enough people let it go that far the police and courts would start noticing the massive WASTE OF TIME health and safety is when applied in these situations.
While they are harrassing people over trees & goggles, an unscruplous employer is putting his workers in grave danger every minute. That was the whole point of health and safety, to protect people from that.
- Cheryl, Mansfield UK, 19/9/2008 9:33
What an idiot.