Weights and Measures – some follow up comments

Recently I posted some comments about the Legal Metrology Service which is responsible for checking the accuracy of petrol pumps, measures in pubs, weighing scale accuracy, and taximeters.

This brought to mind two related points:

  • There’s been lots of commentary in the media recently about the increasing cost of carrying baggage on short-haul flights. However, via the Consumerist, here’s a cautionary tale about the accuracy of weighing scales at airport from Elliot.Org. The poster had a bag which they’d weighed as 45lbs which at 3 different US airports was weighed as 44lbs, 52lbs and 47.5lbs. While some airlines do allow some leeway, the 52lbs bag cost him $50 in excessive baggage charges.
  • There’s a pub in Dublin about which I’m planning (though I have been for a while) to confirm a story I was told about a friend of mine. If the story turns out to be true, the Legal Metrology Service may be interested. This friend went in after work for a few beers, which turned into a few more. Around 9 or 10 o’clock, my friend ordered another pint but he felt that the pint was “light”. It turned out that the glass provided was smaller than a pint, but in the same exact shape as the pints he’d been drinking previously. He confronted the barman who immediately took back the smaller glass, said nothing, and provided a normal sized pint glass again.

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