I took a ferry to France recently. Aha, thinks I – Duty Free!!
Went into the duty free shop and had a look around for pipe tobacco. They used to sell this in cartons of five packs [and each pack was 50gms compared to the normal 25].
No tobacco. So I went up to the checkout, and there it was – lovely 50gm packs of pipe tobacco on a shelf.
“Give us ten packs of baccy” says I to the girl. “Sorry” says she, “but I can only sell you two”. “What?” says I thinking the old hearing was failing [again]. “We can only sell two items of tobacco or cigarettes at a time” says she. “OK” says I, “Gimme two packs”. She gave me the packs, I gave her my credit card. All happy. “Anything else?” says she. “Yes please, gimme two packs of baccy” She was happy with this and we went through the whole process again. This happend a couple more times, by which time a nice queue had built up!
But what is the reasoning here? What was the point? I got what I wanted, but at cost to the people waiting behind me. They had no objection to the amount I bought, as long as I bought them two at a time. This must be one of the craziest rules I’ve heard of in a while.