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Bakery refuses to sell bread to 94-year-old woman as she only had ‘dirty’ cash

“None of the other shops have ever refused my money.”

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A bakery in Nottingham refused to sell bread to a 94-year-old woman because she wanted to use ‘dirty’ cash. 

The elderly lady said she felt shocked and embarrassed after being asked to return all her items, as she wanted to pay with cash due to not owning a bank card. 

The cafe, Birds, that has reopened following closure in the lockdown has put in place a new ‘cashless rule’ like many other establishments. 

However, Edna, who prefers to pay ‘the old fashioned way’, says she has never owned a bank card.

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Edna said: “I went into Birds because I wanted a loaf of bread and some potted meat. She said to me ‘have you got a card?’

“I did not know what she was on about. I said ‘Oh I have never used a card in my life. I always pay the old fashioned way, which is how I was brought up. I felt like I was being treated like a small child and being talked down too.

“None of the other shops have ever refused my money.

“There is a virus, I understand that, but a lot of elderly people do not use cards and are not into that technology.”

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The manager explained that they are not accepting cash due to hygiene reasons in attempts to reduce the risk to staff and customers.

Lisa Clarke, manager of Birds in Arnold, told Nottinghamshire Live: “One of the arrangements is we could open if it is card only and because cash is dirty.

“With the coronavirus and pandemic they want to minimise the risk to ourselves and customers.”

She said about eight elderly people had been stopped since they reopened back in April, adding that most elderly people are now using their cards in the store.

She added: “If they have not got a card unfortunately we can’t give them the goods. Whether it will change in the future as guidelines change”.

Edna says she has used her cash at stores like Tesco and Morrisons, but she is not the only pensioner who has been refused essential items at the Birds store. 

Grandma Glynis Kirk, 86, was also told she could not buy some pork pies without paying on her card.

Glynis, who only uses her card for her big shop and not smaller purchases, described the situation as ‘disgusting’.

Glynis, who is good friends with Edna, added: “I went into Arnold last Wednesday and went into Birds for a couple of pork pies. It was £2.50. I was told ‘you have to use your card.’

“The only time I use it is with my big shops in Morrisons to last me all week. I have never known a shop to ask for your card.

“Edna is an elderly lady and to treat her like that is just disgusting. She had to leave it and come out of the shop.”

Her granddaughter, Michelle Kirk, added: “Elderly people are going to struggle unless someone gets it for them.

“Cash is a legal tender. I understand that card is preferred but if that method is not available you should be able to take cash. I feel they need to revert this stupid policy.

“Most of Birds customers will be over the age of 60 I should imagine. It is humiliating having to put stuff back. It’s like you can’t afford it.”

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You should wear masks and avoid kissing during sex to stop spread of coronavirus, experts say

Strictly no kissing!

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A sexual health charity has published advice on sex in a pandemic, and it includes avoiding kissing, wearing face masks and not using face to face positions.

Terrence Higgins Trust has said that 84% of people have abstained from having sex with a partner they don’t live with throughout the lockdown, but the charity urges officials that this is no longer realistic.

Asking people to refrain from sex completely is no longer realistic now there has been easing of the lockdown measures. 

The charity said we need to find a way ‘to balance our need for sex and intimacy with the risks of the spread of Covid-19’. 

The charity’s advice is simple, the best sexual partner during a pandemic is either yourself or a partner you already live with. 

The advice explains that masturbation, sex toys, phone sex or online sex are all great and safe alternatives. 

If you are having sex with someone you don’t live with, the charity suggests limiting the number of sexual partners. It also provides a list of other precautions you should take, and some might seem a bit unusual at first.

First up, like anything these days, before and after sex you need to wash your hands for 20 seconds. Nothing gets you in the mood quite like lathering up your hands as you hum Happy Birthday twice over!

Next, the advice states to avoid kissing, to wear a face mask during intercourse and to pick positions that are not face to face – get creative! 

The charity also warns that the virus can be found in some bodily fluids, so ensure you are wearing condoms and dams for oral sex. 

Other advice has even gone one step further, and suggested using physical barriers like glory holes that prevent face-to-face contact but allow sexual contact. 

Dr Michael Brady, the charity’s medical director, said: “We’re clear that abstaining from sex is the best way to protect yourself from coronavirus, but we hope by issuing this advice we will help people to manage the risks of Covid-19 while also being able to have and enjoy sex.”

The charity also stresses the importance of practising good sexual health beyond the pandemic, including getting tested before becoming sexually active again.

Find out more about how to minimise the risk of Covid-19 while having sex here, including how to get tested for STIs and HIV

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Jet2 plane circles Greater Manchester after people report hearing ‘loud bang’

JUST IN.

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A plane was spotted circling the skies above Greater Manchester this afternoon, with witnesses reporting that they heard a ‘loud bang’.

The Manchester Evening News reports that a Jet2 Boeing 757 took off from Manchester Airport, but ended up circling the skies above Greater Manchester – as seen on online flight trackers.

According to the MEN, the flight has now landed safely back down at Manchester Airport.

A Twitter user said: “I saw the plane as it flew overhead. Following the noises, it stopped climbing and banked left. Looks to be trying to return to the Airport. Fingers/eyes/toes crossed that everyone & everything is okay x”.

Others reported they heard a ‘loud bang’ that could have been an ‘engine backfiring’. 

One user wrote: “That was scary to hear and witness flames coming out of the right engine! Never heard anything like it before living under flight path”.

Some reports on Twitter suggest the noise could’ve been a bird strike. 

The latest update from the MEN says the plane was on a test flight, with the airline set to issue an official statement shortly.

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The ‘best meteor shower of the year’ will be visible over the UK this week

This will be amazing!

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The Perseid meteors are active between mid-July and the end of August, and this year they will be reaching their peak this week. 

There is set to be as many as 50 to 100 comets flying across the sky each hour, as part of the spectacle this week.

To get the best glimpse of the meteor shower, you’re gonna have to stay up late. The Royal Observatory advises that The Perseids will be most visible between midnight and 5:30am.

The meteors will be flying across the skies on the nights of August 11th and 12th, meaning you can get a glimpse as early as tomorrow evening!

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According to the Royal Observatory: “[The shower] is always above the horizon as seen from the UK, which means that observers in the UK should be able to see some meteors as soon as the Sun sets.

“Therefore, it is worth looking up in the early evening.

“It is always favourable to try and spot meteors when the Moon is below the horizon or when it is in its crescent phase, because otherwise it will act as a natural light pollution and will prevent the fainter meteors from being visible.”

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Many stargazers wait all year for this extra special meteor shower due to the rate and brightness of the meteors.

The Perseid meteor shower is caused as the Earth moves through a stream of debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle, which has a huge 133-year orbit.

The particles hit the Earth at a super speed of 37 miles per second, burning and streaking across the sky.

It is possible to see some rare meteors just before midnight that graze the Earth’s atmosphere and produce the occasional bright long trail, called a ‘fireball’.

The Royal Observatory recommends heading to the countryside for the best view, and to ensure you’re in an area of clear skies.

Find out more about the Perseid meteor shower here

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