So I’m in the local Co-op buying a bottle of wine. Spotty youth at the checkout is trying to scan it but it won’t scan. He asks his camp co-worker why it won’t. “Well, it’s obvious”, he says. “This is an evil bottle of wine – it’s not Fairtrade, so it’s probably produced by enslaved North Korean children!”
“Er… it’s Italian,” I say.
“Yes, probably produced by Mussolini’s descendants” he says, and flounces theatrically to serve someone else.
I love this. It proves that, as John Shuttleworth wisely opined, “Shopkeepers in the north are nice.”

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