A woman in England had to show her ID so that she could purchase a plastic flyswatter, which one hardware store’s computer system deemed an “offensive” weapon.
Nicola Butcher, 33, bought the flyswatter in a store in Hampshire, which reportedly has a bug in its computer system that makes customers prove their age before buying fly swatters, according to the Inquisitr.
Butcher and employees at the hardware store laughed about the situation.
“I can understand why you would ask for ID when you were buying fireworks or alcohol, but not a fly swat,” Butcher said. “I just laughed – I couldn’t believe it. To be fair the person behind the till was also laughing, but I had to get my driving license out to show her.”
The assistant manager of the store, Lindsey Waude, said that the store’s technician has not been available to fix its computer systems for about three weeks.
“We think it might be an error on our till system,” Waude said. “Sometimes it flashes up that something is an offensive weapon, but our guy who does the computers has been on his honeymoon for three weeks.”
Butcher called the incident ridiculous.
“How can an innocent plastic fly swat be an offensive weapon?,” she said. “It’s ridiculous, what is the world coming to when you can’t buy a fly swat without producing ID for it.”
Source: The Inquisitr