I recently learned that Qantas Club no longer serves sachets of peanut butter at breakfast. I found this difficult to cope with. Vegemite alone cannot sustain me.

The reason for this situation is that the kind of annoying middle class idiots who cannot or will not supervise their children in many other public or communal spaces, like supermarkets and libraries, also take their children into Qantas Club.

The children are allowed to wander unsupervised there where they inevitably are drawn to and consume the peanut butter. Some of them have allergies and could die. Anaphylaxis is a serious condition, and should not be trivialised.

However, the ban in Qantas Club seems more about supervision and less about medicine. Qantas doesn’t want to be sued by retards who won’t take responsibility for their own behaviour and that of their children. So the result is another nanny-state ban instead of anything more contextual.

Perhaps Qantas can create an adult breakfast room where people like me can eat peanut butter on toast in peace. Sigh.

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3 thoughts on “this rant may contain nuts

  • 14 March 2007 at 3:18 am
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    yup, that about covers it. Although I will say that the working class and the toffs do not supervise their verminous issue any more than the bourgouis do.

    Anaphalaxis be damned, which ever ones make it to adult hood are the winners.

    To quote Bill Hicks, peace be upon him, “You ain’t a person ’til you’re in my Phone book.”

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  • 14 March 2007 at 9:40 am
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    You are quite correct in thinking that this step has been taken by Qantas in order to avoid legal action. My nephew has a peanut allergy – so severe that even traces of peanut butter on a knife used to spread vegemite on his toast by his extremely diligent and responsible parents would be enough to kill him. Would you think twice about which knife you were using when spreading your peanut butter? Of course not, it’s not your responsibility. In the eyes of the law it would be the responsibility of Qantas – so therefore what choice do they have?

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  • 11 January 2008 at 9:48 am
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    Whatís next…making a law against sharp edges?

    If a child is allergic to peanuts, and grows up expecting the rest of the world to accommodate their allergy, itís going to be a short life

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