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

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Wild Women of Wonga

You know those scenes in post-apocalyptic films where the survivors of some global catastrophe battle desperately to secure the few remaining resources?

It seems the phenomenon is closer to home than you might think:
Women were seen fighting over Disney 'Frozen' merchandise during the opening of a new Poundworld store in Merthyr Tydfil.
Since there was already a pound shop in town, the managers had to come up with something special to attract bargain-hungry locals and their Disney-themed opening certainly seems to have done the trick .

Hundreds of customers queued in the rain for over an hour before the doors opened on Wednesday and the company expected 'a record 10,000 shoppers' over the opening weekend.

The truly startling statistic, however, is to be found in the company policy for allocating the sought-after Disney merchandise:
Due to high demand the stock was limited to 50 items per customer...
Fifty items? Fifty? Even in a pound shop, that surely represents a substantial outlay by most people's standards, particularly when spent on ephemeral tat.
... and goods including 'Frozen' lip balms, money tins and stationery sold out in less than 40 minutes.
We're often told that hard-pressed customers are driven to pound shops by the high prices of essential items elsewhere; for some, at least, those 'baskets piled high' with film tie-in merchandise tell a different story.

Always assuming the whole article wasn't concocted by Poundworld's PR department to drum up trade (though it's not a great slogan - 'shop here and get into a punch-up!'), I wonder where the money is coming from...


If the title sounds vaguely familiar, it may be because you saw this back in the 1980s...



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A bonus helping of Schadenfreude has appeared to brighten the start of the working week in the shape of the souped-up Toyota bemired by a boy racer in the tidal mud of Burnham on Sea.

It has now been recovered,but I don't think its owner is going to be very happy...
Five days after it sank, rescuers pulled it free, shovelling mud from the vehicle's interior and fixing chains to the frame after knocking holes in the windscreen.
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Finally, if you haven't already done so, I recommend paying a visit to Caedmon's Cat for a Dark Ages feline perspective on the current industrial action.

4 comments:

  1. "...(though it's not a great slogan - 'shop here and get into a punch-up!'..."

    Oooh, I dunno. I am from Essex, after all!

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  2. Mad, all mad and getting madder.

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  3. Sorry, JH, you'll just have to join Julia in the queue and roll up your sleeves in readiness...

    Demetrius, given the Bedlam spectacle that is reality TV, I'm amazed no-one has yet filmed this kind of thing for public amusement - unless, of course, the camera crews were there and the scrapping housewives of Merthyr Tydfil will be appearing on our screens any day now.

    The next big retail fuss will be 'Black Friday', a nonsensical import from the USA; stand by for news reports of scrums and stampedes as retailers try to generate pre-Christmas shopping hysteria.

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