A mum aged 33 was asked for ID when buying a 99p plastic fly swat - because staff feared it could be used as an "offensive weapon". Nicola Butcher visited her local hardware shop to buy the yellow and white utensil when her kitchen became plagued with flies.
But she was stunned when the assistant refused to sell it to her unless she produced her driving licence or passport. The till - at Home Hardware, in Romsey, Hants - flashed up a warning sign, which indicated the fly swat was classified as an "offensive weapon". SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS.
Pictured: Nicola Butcher who was asked to prove her age when buying a Fly Swat.