Quick query - I went into a branch of a national & very well known bookmakers this afternoon to place a horsey bet.
I had my baby daughter with me who at 4 months old (already!) was in her pram, asleep.
I walked in, spent a couple of minutes eyeing up the Racing Post on the wall, reading the form etc, wrote out my slip & took it up to the counter.
The lady assistant refused to serve me. She said - and I quote-
"I will get shot - you will have to take the kiddie outside!"
So, because I had our sprog with me, I couldnt be served.
Fair enough if this is the law but a couple of points:
1- I have been in several different bookmakers, including this one, over many years with my other daughter who is now aged 11. On no occasion previously have I been refused service.
2- The staff member today was not busy. She sat there & watched me enter the shop, look at the form papers on the wall, write out the slip & approach the counter. This all took approx 4-5 minutes. She only ordered me to leave when I gave her my slip.
I tried to reason with her & query her point but she point blank refused to say any more so I thought 'up yours' and left!
I checked & double checked & there was no sticker or sign on the door or shop frontage stating no children were allowed.
By the way, I didn't leave her outside on a rainy, busy high street.
And the horse won at 11-2!!!!!!!!
Anyone work in a bookies who can clarify this I would be grateful.