Poor Keith Sharp, Mayor of Peterborough, who simply wanted to rent Piranha 3D from his local Blockbuster and was told he couldn't on health and safety grounds.
No three-dimensional Kelly Brook for him, nor the gore of the various people being eaten alive by vicious marine life with a taste for human flesh.
"It's absolutely stupid,' said 55-year-old Mr Sharp. 'It's one of those over-the-top health and safety issues I'm sick and tired of. Things like renting a DVD should be common sense. I've come across idiotic health and safety people in my time and this is up there with the worst of them.'
Whatever you do, do not go into the water
It seems it was all a bit of a mix-up though, as is wont to happen with new technologies.
Blockbuster won't rent you a pair of 3D glasses for reasons of hygiene. Hapless staff at the Peterborough store misinterpreted this and thought it was 3D movies themselves that posed a health risk.
Sure, 3D is good, but it's not quite at the stage where piranhas could literally jump out of the TV and start chomping on your leg.
In any case, old Mayor Sharp already has his 3D glasses, which set him back around £100 a pop, as well as his £2,000 3D TV.
Seems a shame to waste all that on Piranha 3D though, maybe Blockbuster did him a favour after all.
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