A punter was in for a surprise after clocking a very stern notice taped to the bar of a pub, warning that any swearing or mobile phone use wouldn’t be tolerated.
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Although many of us do indeed have to stop any swearing or mobile phone use while at work or in the classroom, you wouldn’t usually expect to see such rules down your local pub.
However, one customer who recently visited a Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery (Tadcaster) pub was in for a surprise after clocking a rather stern-looking sign by the bar.
The unnamed patron shared a photo of the laminated sign on Reddit, expressing his surprise that the brewery exercised a strict “zero-tolerance policy” on swearing across all its pubs, the zero here underlined for effect.
According to this sign, swearing “offends customers and doesn’t create the sort of environment we would like in our public houses”.
Punters are asked to “please respect this policy”, with the request capitalised for emphasis.
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The brewery is equally as uncompromising when it comes to the use of mobile phones, which are said to be “strictly forbidden on these premises”.
There apparently isn’t much room for manoeuver here, with the ban applying to “the use of mobile phones, tablets, laptops for taking and making calls, texting, streaming and general browsing”.
Thanking customers in advance for their co-operation, the message goes on to warn: “Failure to follow the company policy will result in the refusal of service and being asked to leave the premises.”
The customer, who goes by the username u/JohnnyBravosWankSock, clarified that he’d managed to take a snap while “the barman was out having a smoke checking his bets”, thus avoiding any trouble.
One fellow Reddit user wrote: “A pub near me used to have the no phones rule, landlord would kick anyone out if their phone rang. He also insisted people take their shoes off on the ‘new’ carpet that looked like he took it from a care home.”
Another said: “There was a story in the local paper where a customer was checking her insulin level with her phone app and instantly got barred.”
As previously reported by Worcester News, back in 2020, brewery boss Humphrey Smith went as far as to completely close down a branch in Droitwich, after overhearing somebody utter a swear word.
Samuel Smith Brewery was unable to give a comment for this story.
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