| London: Under new Olympic rules, fans who have “too much” food on them will be told “you can take it in but you’re banned from eating it!”
The crackpot order is one of dozens put in handbooks given to Olympics volunteers, the a newspaper reported.
In the Games Maker Pocket Guide, a host of “prohibited” items include guns, bombs, crossbows and all knives, including those for picnics.
Bikes, roller skates and large bags will also be confiscated by security staff.
“Restricted” items include large amounts of food, big umbrellas, flags of non-competing nations, vuvuzela horns and Frisbees.
The guidelines read: “If a restricted item is identified...the owner will be advised that the item is restricted and, as a condition of entry, must not be used within any Games.”
Someone with a picnic could be told to take it in but not eat it. The book also warns: “In extreme cases this could result in...ejection of the spectator.”
Much of the training advice is taken up with health and safety, often written in bizarre marketing speak.
The pages include a crackpot quiz about what to do if someone asks for directions to the loo and the volunteer cannot work out if they are a man or a woman.
One of the incorrect answers is: “Panic.” Several pages deal with “sustainability” or green matters.
Volunteers are told to “act decisively” when “corrective action is needed to prevent a sustainability incident”. This means telling spectators to use the right bins.
“You can’t understand half the advice and the bits you can understand are nonsense rules,” one volunteer said.
“The whole thing is a recipe for chaos,” the volunteer added.
First Published: Sunday, July 01, 2012, 13:36