My local paper had the following headline: New Threat for Chemist's. I questioned the use of an errant apostrophe and received this reply from the Deputy Editor:
I see nothing wrong with the possessive apostrophe in my headline. A chemist is a person, not a shop, and traditionally, there is only one leading chemist with assistants in each pharmacy. A chemist's shop, or simply chemist's, therefore seems perfectly acceptable to me.
I was horrified by such a response from a journalist and would be grateful for your comments.