AA Grundi: When did we start sipping mineral water with our kebab and chips?

Trailer containing stocks of bottled water for residents of Greatham after workmen had damaged a water main
Trailer containing stocks of bottled water for residents of Greatham after workmen had damaged a water main
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As regular readers of this column will know, few things provoke more stress and panic for AA Grundi than a visit to a Worksop supermarket.

Old folk bumbling around with shopping trolleys, couples procrastinating for hours over which brand of biscuits to buy and the surge of people at the tills leave me hopping up and down in frustration.

But the crowds do at least give you time to have a little look at what your fellow shoppers are spending their hard-earned cash on.

And recently I’ve been astonished to see how many local folk are buying bottled water.

Have a gander in a few shopping trolleys next time you’re in Tesco and you’ll see what I mean.

Bottle after bottle of a liquid that they can get for free from a tap.

What on earth is going on? Folk round here used to pride themselves on never buying any drink without an ABV per centage, and now they’re bulk buying water!

This is Worksop, not Knightsbridge or Cheltenham - when did we all start sipping mineral water with our kebab and chips?

We’re just coming out of the worst recession in living memory and folk have enough in their pockets to buy bottles of water.

And it’s not cheap either at £2-plus for few small bottles of Highland Spring.

And because they have to buy so much in a week’s shopping, their trolleys are literally overflowing with bottles of Evian, Buxton Spring and Volvic.

A few people must have ended up with hernias from lifting it all.

I know what one or two of you will be saying - you can’t trust tap water, it’s full of chemicals, it doesn’t taste the same etc etc. All I can say is it’s never done me any harm.