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May 24 2013

Fills Me with Sads: Grandmother Can’t Donate Cheese

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If you’ve ever turned on a television in your life you’re aware that every year in Gloucestershire, England they have a cheese rolling event. Where big wheels of Double Gloucester cheese are rolled down the 200-yard Cooper’s Hill and people race them to the bottom. The reason you’ve seen this is because of the awesomeness with which people fail to run down a hill. Most of them run the first ten yards and slide the next 190 on their faces. It’s really a good show.

However this year, as Diana Smart, 86 prepared to donate her cheeses the local police showed up at her door and told her not to donate. No word on whether or not these same officers then went on to try and steal Christmas.

Three officers visited her farm and told her not to donate five 8lb wheels of her cheese in a bid to prevent the “dangerous” event.

Mrs Smart said the “heavy handed” police visited her home last week and told in a “threatening” manner she would be responsible for any injuries caused – and so has pulled out.

“They threatened me, saying I would be wholly responsible if anyone got injured,” she said. “I’m 86, I don’t have the will or the cash to fight any lawsuits. It’s crazy.”

Hit the jump for more on this atrocity.

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As it turns out, 2009 was the last year that this event was officially sanctioned. But it has gone on every year since then unofficially. And why shouldn’t it? Any event that’s happened every year for the last two centuries it probably going to be a hard one to kill. The worst part of the mess of course is how Mrs. Smart was kept from making a donations she’s made for the last 25 years claiming that she would be held responsible in some way for any injuries that occur. That’s like saying if you donate a ski mask to a thrift store which is later used in a robbery then you are responsible.

When I read that this even hasn’t happened officially since 2009 another of my dreams was crushed. I really wanted to go there and watch in person as people hurt themselves. That’s just good, wholesome entertainment.

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