• Interesting. I still have crutches from 2005 (NHS-issued) when I broke an ankle. Nobody requested that I return them but I did try to do so, and whoever it was that I saw quite politely and convincingly explained that the paperwork involved would actually cost the NHS more than the value of the crutches. This made sense to me at the time and makes even more sense now (I work for a large corporation, private sector, and the bureaucracy can seem inefficient in terms of man hours – I am told that in the public sector it is far worse)

    I am surprised that you were asked to return yours due to their value. Were they fancy? Mine were the standard aluminum tubing ones, I imagine they cost the NHS no more than £20 wholesale.

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  • Occasionally I get to take the work van out. Mwb transit size. I’m in my 40s, and I have had a full license since 17 having learnt to drive in parents 8 seat people carrier.

    I drove 17 seater minibuses regularly since I was 21 and have trained and passed assessments for lwb minibus at University, Scouts and various local authorities when I was teaching. As a Scout leader I also occasionally took a boat trailer as well.

    Yet every time a middle aged man sees me in a car park they feel the need to take time out of their busy schedule to stare at me, and then to make helpful and unnecessary suggestions on parking or reversing.

    Yesterday 2 of them at the same time.

    I know they are trying to be helpful and it doesn’t come from a bad place, so I don’t wish to be rude, but it is…[Read more]

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