BBCWatcher wrote:Fortunately dual unit signage is legally permitted in the United Kingdom with no expiration date. Stores are perfectly free to display both units of measure on their signage, and they routinely do.
In the case of the Metric Martyrs* (equiv: a few auntie-stalls who got together down at the wet market to fight for their rights) they were obliged to buy new scales that were capable of weighing goods in grams, such things are very expensive and if very few customers order in grams entirely onerous. Why were they not at liberty to sell goods in the way that customers wanted? How did their rebellion threaten the very existence of the EU? Instead they were prosecuted, and it went all the way on appeal to the House of Lords (no less) AND the European Court of Human Rights. It's like Auntie Doris from the wet market taking her case to the UN - Mad!
BBCWatcher wrote:Most packaged products in U.K. supermarkets started including metric weights and volumes about 36 years ago, in 1980. Anybody who hasn't stumbled into a gram by now really hasn't been paying attention.
And it's that kind of arrogant sentiment that really makes people hate the EU even
more. It is considered bullying and interference. BTW when is the last time you taught your parents a new language they have absolutely zero interest in or need to learn?
BBCWatcher wrote:If you really want to complain about something "confusing" you ought to be complaining about the decimalisation of U.K. currency on February 15, 1971. There's no accommodation whatsoever for fans of shillings. Try asking a supermarket cashier "How much is that in shillings?" and see what happens.
But at least a Pound stayed a Pound, it was only the sub-units that changed. Since people were already totally familiar with decimal systems, that change wasn't that hard.
My experience straddles decimalisation. I have no problem with the decimalised Pound; but I still struggle to simply visualise some metric measures, like C<>F for temperature. On the latter I'm caught between two camps, hot temperatures make more sense to me in degrees F, cold ones in degrees C. [Perhaps I should go to metric classes so that I can align myself with pointless EU diktats eh? lol
And also from this link... 'In 2008, Nic Davison was served with an infringement notice for selling draught beer by the litre at his Polish restaurant in Doncaster [UK]. Trading Standards officers threatened Mr Davison with prosecution, and called on him to change the glasses used in his restaurant. Mr Davison refused, stating the supremacy of EU law over UK law in matters of weights and measures. The case against him was dropped.'
Mad! I wonder how much time and expense went into just that one entirely pointless action.