I suppose I ought to start this tale with a bit of empathy for the Chadwicks, because I can understand how annoying it would be to supply a car park for your customers which gets (ab)used by drivers who've no intention of using the shop.
But what about haranguing customers who've just spent 33 quid on ribeye and chops.....?
... A few summers back now, three friends set off on a glorious, blazing June morning for a spot of fishing in the Dales. They'd packed a few stubbies and a bottle of red to wash down a selection of fine cheeses, crackers and dips.They were for the passengers, but the driver had only a bottle of jusoda and little else.
Just passed Boar's Head , he says ''I've got one them throw away barbies in t'boot but we met not catch owt.
I'll stop at Chadwicks and get some meyt. Great idea, beltin. They threw a tenner apiece in; two of them went in the shop and the other said, I 'll just nip up street for some sun cream . We'll be brunt deeyeth if I don't.
There was guy on picket duty refusing the sun cream buyer exit to the street.
'' S'okay pal, we're spending 30 quid in your shop, I'm just off for some sun cream''
YA CAN'T! he said
Why's that? don't they sell it in Standish? he asked, and, just thinking the picket wasn't a full shilling, strolled passed him and out the car park.
Suncream proved indeed hard to buy , so he bought a daily mirror instead and hurried back so as not to hold up the trip. His pals were still in Chadwicks shop, but now the picket had been joined by two others.
WHERE'S THE SUNCREAM THEN?! You've not got any!
Sorry? Oh they didn't have any.
Ya NOT allowed to leave the car park!!
But me friends are still in your shop spending thirty quid.
THATS not the point!!!
The guy got in the car whilst the tree of them continued to shout abuse at him.
''Lets get gooin' quick he said when his friends returned, '' they're bloody crazy'''.
They pulled away,gingerly, but knowing it was now three against three and from inside the motor, he rather cheekily gave the fingers to them out the back window.
They never got a bite in the Dales and Chadwicks steaks were lovely , but three days later , the proprietor WROTE to the driver demanding an apology from the guy without suncream.
Well, I can tell you, that proprieter will be waiting a while yet.