I was in a busy city-centre train station a few weeks ago. It was a cold, early morning, and I fancied a cup of coffee. So entering one of the platform cafés I did what I always do and asked for a cup without the plastic lid. More often as not this request is refused, for reasons which I am told concern my own ‘health and safety, an explanation for which it is futile to argue against, thus resulting in me leaving without buying a drink.
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