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Aldi refused to sell grandmother, 64, sparklers

Sylvia Freeman was not allowed to buy the sparklers at Aldi in Northampton The mum-of-six from Moult..

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  • Sylvia Freeman was not allowed to buy the sparklers at Aldi in Northampton
  • The mum-of-six from Moulton, Northamptonshire, said although she understood the need to have a policy the decision was 'health and safety gone silly'
  • Aldi said the grandmother should have been able to buy the sparklers

By Sophie Inge For Mailonline

Published: 06:32 EDT, 3 November 2017 | Updated: 06:43 EDT, 3 November 2017

Sylvia Freeman said it was 'totally ridiculous' that she was not allowed to buy the Bonfire Night treat while shopping at Aldi

Sylvia Freeman said it was 'totally ridiculous' that she was not allowed to buy the Bonfire Night treat while shopping at Aldi

A 64-year-old gran has slammed Aldi for 'health and safety gone silly' after allegedly being refused the sale of sparklers because she couldn't prove she was over 18.

Sylvia Freeman said it was 'totally ridiculous' that she was not allowed to buy the Bonfire Night treat while out shopping at an Aldi store in Northampton on Saturday.

The grandmother-of-13 claims she was asked for ID and when she couldn't produce it was told by the cashier that they couldn't sell them to her.

Sylvia said it left the three grandchildren she had taken shopping, aged 4, 5 and 6, crying with disappointment as they were looking forward to their regular bonfire night event this weekend.

Aldi said the grandmother should have been able to purchase the sparklers.

The mum-of-six from Moulton, Northamptonshire, said although she understood the need to have a policy the decision was 'health and safety gone silly'.

Aldi said the grandmother should have been able to purchase the sparklersAldi said the grandmother should have been able to purchase the sparklers

Aldi said the grandmother should have been able to purchase the sparklers

Retired psychotherapist Sylvia said: 'I had got all my shopping and was just going through the till when I asked for some sparklers for an event on Bonfire night.

'The cashier said 'have you got any ID?' and I looked through my purse but couldn't find any.

'She said 'we have to have ID or we can't sell them to you' but I have never been asked for ID when buying sparklers before.

'We just had to leave. The children were very upset as they thought we were going to buy them. It was a disappointment for them as they were excited about having the sparklers for the event we are going to.

The grandmother-of-13 claims she was asked for ID and when she couldn't produce it was told by the cashier that they couldn't sell them to herThe grandmother-of-13 claims she was asked for ID and when she couldn't produce it was told by the cashier that they couldn't sell them to herThe grandmother-of-13 claims she was asked for ID and when she couldn't produce it was told by the cashier that they couldn't sell them to herThe grandmother-of-13 claims she was asked for ID and when she couldn't produce it was told by the cashier that they couldn't sell them to her

The grandmother-of-13 claims she was asked for ID and when she couldn't produce it was told by the cashier that they couldn't sell them to her

'They started crying when we left the store and I had to reassure them we were still going to the firework display.

'I agree that there should be rules for things that are dangerous and for people that are too young but this was a packet of sparklers for a person my age.

'The rules are there for a reason especially for fireworks which can be unsafe in the wrong hands but it seems to be over the top with a packet of sparklers.

'I can't see how it is any different to buying a box of matches or candles.

'What makes it worse is that one of my friends was sold fireworks and sparklers a few days later in the same store and was not asked for ID.

'If you look at me I'm clearly not 18. It's health and safety gone crazy.'

Sylvia said when she quizzed the supermarket on social media she was told its policy was to ask for proof of age if they believe the person is under 18 however they later apologised saying they were 'clearly in the wrong'.

Sylvia said: 'If you are in your thirties and look young it is understandable but when you get to your fifties and sixties you are not going to look 18 by any stretch of the imagination.

'My son said to me 'I know you look young but no amount of face cream will make you look that young'.'

Sylvia, who is a regular shopper at the Wellingborough Road store, said there was a big queue forming behind her in the store which made her feel awkward.

Sylvia said: 'They rush you through in there and I was trying to find some ID.

'I think the cashier should have put my shopping through and called for the manager. That would have been the common sense thing to do but her attitude was 'look there's nothing I can do about it'.

'It's an inconvenience. When you are looking after three children it is hard enough getting out to the shops so I'm not going out just for a packet of sparklers especially as we have to get in the car to get to the shops.

'We are still going to the event so hopefully our friends will have some.

'I'm still planning to shop there but I know now not to ask for fireworks or sparklers.'

An Aldi spokesman said: 'Ms Freeman should have been able to purchase the sparklers at our Wellingborough Road Store.

'We were clearly in the wrong and have apologised for the inconvenience this caused.'

The mum-of-six from Moulton, Northamptonshire, said although she understood the need to have a policy the decision was 'health and safety gone silly'The mum-of-six from Moulton, Northamptonshire, said although she understood the need to have a policy the decision was 'health and safety gone silly'

The mum-of-six from Moulton, Northamptonshire, said although she understood the need to have a policy the decision was 'health and safety gone silly'

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms

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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.

The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection

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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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