Strange But True Stories – Hat Ban

Pub Bans Granny for Wearing a HatPub bans gran. Betty Wilbraham

BBC Radio 5 Live news reported yesterday that Betty Willbraham, 82, was told to take off her hat if she wanted to be served at the Hereward pub in Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK. A member of staff insisted that everyone in the pub is asked to remove their hats so their faces are visible to CCTV cameras in the event of trouble. Betty had popped in at lunchtime for fish and chips and half a pint of Guinness. Betty, a retired schoolteacher, commented, 'I've never heard of a hatless pub. How ridiculous.  It's the first time I've ever been asked to remove it - and I've been in that pub several times before. I'm of a generation who would always wear a hat for lunch.' 'A woman is not properly dressed without a hat, 'said Betty's husband. She appeared relieved that her husband had not been with her on this occasion because ' he would have become rather cross, 'stated Betty.

Pub Bans Grandad's Trilby

A grandad was banned from wearing his trilby hat in a pub. Man banned for wearing trilbyColin Osborne was ordered to remove it so CCTV cameras could film his face, reports the Mirror. And staff threatened to bar him if he refused. Colin, 64 - who has worn a hat for 20 years - said yesterday: 'It's madness. they're branding everyone who wears a hat a troublemaker.' Journalist Colin was tackled as he sipped a glass of coke with son Mark, 40, at The Monument in Hereford. Brewers Greene King said the ban was policy in all 800 of their UK outlets. A spokesman added: 'Hats obscure customers' faces from the cameras.'

Just When We Thought Hat Bans Were a Passing Fad

11 February 2010 By Greg Miles (Kindly sent in by Ken Green) AN elderly man was astonished after being asked to remove his flat cap for security reasons while in a shop. Robert Broughton, 89, was on his daily visit to the One Stop in St Paul's Road, Chichester, England, when he was asked to remove his flat cap because of company policy. Mr Broughton, who lives in nearby Little Breach, said he had been in the shop hundreds of times before and had never been asked to take it off. "I was very angry," he said. "I think it's quite ridiculous. "There were other people about who had some hats on. I wasn't disguised, it's not as though I was wearing glasses or had a beard. "My face was fully visible. I had been in the shop more than 100 times - I couldn't believe it." Astonished Mr Broughton went into the shop on Thursday, February 4, as he usually does on his way back from the city centre.  "I went to the One Stop to do some minor shopping, and I was astonished when I got to the counter and the assistant asked me to remove my cap," he said. "I asked him 'why?' and he said it was company policy. My face wasn't hidden, I couldn't believe it. I go into Marks and Spencer or anywhere else and they never ask me to remove my hat." A spokesman for the shop said there was an incident several months ago where somebody had been assaulted, and headgear had obscured the faces of the assailants on CCTV. They were now obliged to ask those wearing hats to remove them and couldn't discriminate on age grounds.

Toddler Asked To Leave Shop For Wearing Unsuitable Headgear Young Hoodie Banned

Wearing a "hoodie" is deemed unsuitable by some British shopkeepers. Even large shopping malls have been known to ban them. Associated with the wearing of these hoodies are hooligans, troublemakers and teenagers who might misbehave - or so the prohibitors would have us believe. Therefore it came as a shock when a 2 year old toddler [see photo] was banned from entering a shop in north Yorkshire, England, with his grandfather. Two-year-old Jay Cowper was wrapped up against the cold in a brown jacket with a furry hood when he went shopping with his grandfather in the beautiful city of York. His grandfather refused out of principle to remove the child's hood and the pair were forced to leave the store.Madness or what say Will and Guy? Send us your amazing true stories for publication on the best of all the humour sites, we will give you the credit.

How to Wear Your Hat

Instructions on how to wear your hat Instructions on how to wear your hat - Si Correcto!

Advice For Grandad

It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument. William G. McAdoo Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing. Oscar Wilde A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled Barnett Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: 'You stay here; I'll go on a head.'  Unknown


Grandad is an unusual word because both the American and the English dictionaries allow one's father's father to be spelt in two ways.  Each nationality's dictionary has both Granddad and the more common Grandad. If you enjoy words, here are a few ideas to slip into your conversation, especially when discussing the above article.
  • Diktat: an authoritative decree or order. (As in banning Grandad's Trilby)
  • Dubiety: the condition or quality of being doubtful; also, a matter of doubt.  (Wisdom of the above Diktat)
  • Querulous : habitually complaining; also, expressing complaint. (Brewery's reaction to wearing a hat.)
  • Benefaction: the act of conferring a benefit; also, a benefit conferred.

Police Ban Hat!

Police Ban Hat
Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: 'You stay here; I'll go on a head.'

Another Pub Ban - Peggy Banned From Her Local PubAnother Pub Ban

A regular drinker at the Alexandra Hotel in Jarrow, South Tyneside, England has been banned from the pub because her hoof prints could make marks on the new carpet, Will and Guy have discovered. Yes, the regular is a horse - a 12-year-old carthorse named Peggy. She loved to sup a pint of bitter and scoff a packet of crisps in the company of her owner, Pete Dolan.  Now, poor old Peggy has to forlornly watch through the window of the pub.

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