If you go to the barbers and your haircut costs £9, try giving the stylist a tenner and see if you can spot the almost imperceptible pause before they give you your pound change.
It’s the pause that says: ‘You are going to be giving me this pound as a tip, aren’t you? So why don’t I just hold on to it? ‘No? OK, here’s your pound change then.’ They all do it – why don’t they just charge a tenner and say it’s £9 for the hair and £1 for the chatter?
n Does anyone know what size a wood has to grow to before it becomes a forest? I’ve read that a forest is different to a wood because it’s bigger, but no-one knows just how big a wood has to get before it becomes a forest.
And how many trees do you have to plant before you have a wood? Nature needs to be more specific.
n So, doctors have claimed that skinny jeans can seriously damage a person’s muscles and nerves and cause a condition known as ‘compartment syndrome’.
However, what they didn’t say is you can also get a rash associated with wearing 1970s-style jeans. There’s no warning. It just suddenly flares up. I thank you!
n Quick question: if someone buys you a box of chocolates as a gift, are you legally obliged to offer them one or more once the box is opened?
Because I bought a box for someone recently and she told me I could have a couple. But then she proceeded to give me a list of the chocolates that I would be allowed to take from the box because they were the ones she wasn’t bothered about or didn’t like outright. And I thought, are you allowed to do that?
Surely, if you’re going to offer someone a chocolate from your box of chocolates, you shouldn’t be allowed to stipulate which ones they can have. I mean, if you pop round to someone’s house and they offer you a biscuit from a selection, they never say: ‘Don’t have the Hobnobs because I like those.’ Can anyone clear this up for me?