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Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Now Tesco are hunting them down...

Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse for Tesco...
A horse was put down in a village street after its back legs were broken when it was hit by a Tesco delivery van.
There may be no such thing as bad publicity, but I'd say this is a fairly close thing. After all, it's one thing to have your horse delivered in anonymous lumps round the back but quite another to go out and mow it down in person.

And, in any case, the horse in question belonging to the Warwickshire Hunt, the Tesco driver didn't get a chance to sweep his ill-gotten roadkill into the van:
“Fortunately hunt staff were less than half a mile away and were down there to deal with it as quickly as 
possible."
...which, presumably, involved swift euthanasia followed by nature's own recycling process via a pack of hounds in the time-honoured tradition.

It's a distressing story all round - particularly for the rider and the driver (both apparently unhurt, I am happy to say) - but spare a thought for Tesco's PR department, who must be living on their nerves by now.

After all, no amount of proposed DNA testing, traceability of stock and grovelling full-page apologies in the national press can make up for this gift of a story for bloggers and tweeters everywhere.

4 comments:

JuliaM said...

Their Twitter account has been strangely silent... ;)

A K Haart said...

"spare a thought for Tesco's PR department"

They are flogging a dead horse with this one...

I'll get me coat.

Macheath said...

Julia, true - actually it's quite sad:

Tesco Customer Care ‏@UKTesco
Yay for Friday! Who else is excited for the weekend? We're here right through until 23:00 for your #TescoTweets :)

Feb 14 Tesco Customer Care ‏@UKTesco
Happy Valentine’s Day! We’re here until 11pm to spread the #TescoTweets love! What plans have you got for your loved ones?

Feb 13 Tesco Customer Care ‏@UKTesco
Gooooooood morning! Hope you're all well this fine day. We're here, fit & able for your #TescoTweets until 23:00 :)

Feb 12 Tesco Customer Care ‏@UKTesco
Happy Pancake Day! We're having ours topped with fresh #TescoTweets. Send yours this way, we're here til 11PM. What's your fav topping?


"Please like us! Please!"

Actually, at least they're all singing from the same hymnsheet, unlike Iceland, whose boss seems to be doing a Ratner.

AKH, the old ones are always the best!

James Higham said...

Iceland were pretty defensive about it all today.