The Plastic Bag Tax made some people very angry and confused, despite it being one of the most simple premises in the world. Either way, most people back the idea of reducing the amount of plastic bags used in England, and who can really complain if the money generated from the 5p sale goes to charity?
Well, it looks like Sainsbury’s are employing a loophole and have been accused of giving less money to charity than their rivals.
So what’s the craic? Well, most supermarkets are using the same plastic bags as before, and giving the proceeds from them to good causes. Sainsbury’s however, have got rid of all their old plastic bags and have replaced them with sturdier, reusable bag for 5p, with free replacements when they break or wear thin.
The kicker here, is that these carrier bags fall outside the new law, which means that Sainsbury’s have no obligation to give anything to charity.
In a statement to The Telegraph, Sainsbury’s said that some of the money from the 5p charge goes toward the cost of supplying their new bags, which are pricier than the bog-standard carrier bags. They are voluntarily giving the rest of the money away to good causes. The rest of the supermarkets are offering bags that are less than 0.07mm thick, and are only allowed to take “reasonable costs” from the 5p fee. Asda and Morrisons waived their opportunity to deduct costs entirely. Official guidelines on the deductions a business can take are: “You can’t include existing costs, such as the cost of the bags. You’re likely to see reasonable costs significantly reduce after the first year.”
And lo, it turns out Sainsbury’s have been able to reduce their costs by this method, but the bags they’re selling must also be sold for more than 5p by law, but they don’t have to because they can reduce the price using the money they would’ve given to a charity. It is worth pointing out that they’re not actually doing anything illegal, but there’s going to be some consumers that aren’t happy about this, and think the whole thing is not really in the spirit of scheme.
On the quiet, Volkswagen and Audi sites are already being tested, while the Skoda and SEAT sites are going to be up and raring to go soon enough.
So, if you think you have a car that has the dodgy software that has been lying about the amount of emissions it puts out, you can go and check on the sites now.
Click here to go to the VW website
Click here to go to the Audi website
Click here to go to the Skoda website
Click here to go to the SEAT website
While Google have sneakily dropped their ‘don’t be evil’ motto, they’re finding that people are coming after their tax, along with other companies like Starbucks and Apple.
Basically, big-ass businesses have been enjoying a variety of loopholes so they can sidestep billions in tax, but that could well be a thing of the past, thanks to a worldwide clampdown. World trade body the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) announced that they are looking at getting back some of the £160billion they reckon they’ve lost to tax avoidance by multinational companies.
The OECD say that this ‘seismic shift’ in international tax rules is going to force the hand of these massive companies, where they’ll have to cough-up the money that is due, as they ban ‘brass plate’ operations in low-tax territories and outlaw dicky loans between companies.
“This is coming to an end,” said OECD head of tax Pascal Saint-Amans, aiming to help “local companies that cannot benefit from loopholes in the international system”. Finance ministers from around the world are going to meet up, to look over the plans. Over 60 countries have already agreed to them.
Saint-Amans added that many tax laws date back to the 1930s and are “not fit for purpose”, which has led to “more and more aggressive planning from companies”, which will have “a major behavioural impact” on large firms.
Next week: Huge businesses find a different way of not paying taxes.
Bitterwallet continues to bring the jobs to you, this time, Next looking to take people on for Christmas. That’d be Next there, looking to give you a job – not Bitterwallet. We’re a news and sarcasm source – we can’t help you at all.
Of course, a number of people aren’t even reading these words. In previous posts like this, people have just asked for a job, got in touch in the comments, left their number and personal details and asked us to get in touch, like we’ll sort them out with a job.
These people are literally not reading the words. Look at the comments on this Boots article, this Argos article, and this Royal Mail article we published. So with that, we’re making all the words of this article about how we can’t get you a job, but rather, point you in the direction of where you can apply. The links above will also take you to articles which link to the careers pages of the companies, if you’re going to go on an applying spree this week.
So, given that we’ve written all that, do you fancy working for Next over Christmas? If you do, then you should click here to see what Next are offering. You can also see how many vacancies are at each branch, by clicking here, which is a nifty tool.
Happy job hunting. You’re not reading this are you? Comments asking for jobs in 3… 2…
A Morrisons spokesman said: “Our customers said that sometimes they were confused by the price matching scheme, where sometimes they got points and sometimes they didn’t. A lot of customers struggled with the fact that if their basket was cheapest, they didn’t get any points. Customers generally want more points, and a loyalty scheme should be a thank you for spending.”
“In future, customers will be rewarded with points on everything they spend, and will get many more points when buying products with promotions attached.”
Get that? Now, cast your mind back to Morrisons launching this price matching scheme and recall how Lidl responded to it.
That’s right – they trolled the crap out of Morrisons, by pointing out that you could jump through all these hoops and do all manner of needlessly confusing things… or you could just shop where things were cheaper.
The ad they ran was executed perfectly and now, turns out to be true.
So what’s changing with Morrisons? Well, from November 2nd 2015, you’ll no longer have to spend £15 in one go to earn Morrisons points. From then, you’ll earn 5 points for every £1 you spend in the supermarket.
However, you won’t get points if you could have bought items cheaper in Aldi, Lidl or another rival supermarket. You can still get a £5 voucher for every 5,000 points you collect, and earn 10 points per litre when you buy fuel… and yes, this isn’t wholly clear cut, but that doesn’t matter because no-one shops at Morrisons anyway.
Sometimes, you just have to take your punishment on the chin. If you’re drunk or far too rude to service staff, and they tell you to leave, the best thing to do is get out of dodge and take it from there. Of course, some people really, really like causing a massive scene.
They may tell you that they’re trying to get what should be rightfully theirs, but really, no-one ever got all up in a manager’s face, called them a number of names and shoved them around, only for the staff to say “you know what? We’ve changed our minds and you can get served.”
And so, to America where no-one can handle their ale, and a drunk teenager who wanted some kind of Big Mac at a McDonald’s. In fact, it was a bacon jalapeño Mac and cheese, which sounds absolutely brilliant.
Anyway, drunk and underage, he decides to give the manager and staff a load of aggro, for aaaaaages. Seriously. The restraint on this manager is something else. The temptation to smack this little bozo must have crossed his mind countless times. We suspect a number of BW readers would’ve lobbed this kid out of the nearest window.
Either way, watch this video and have a think how you’d get on and to see how the drunk teenager acts like a massive wuss when the authorities arrive.
Oh. One more thing. ALWAYS FILM IN LANDSCAPE.
Tesco have had to withdraw nearly 70,000 packs of garlic bread slices, after it turned out they were selling them at the wrong weight. That’s right – Tesco have been swizzing people out of product by flogging underweight garlic bread.
Shout out to anyone who just shouted “GARLIC BREAD?!” in their heads just now.
So what’s the deal? Well, after visiting some stores in Scotland, Trading Standards officers found that 39 packets of the supermarket’s own-brand product had net weights below the figure declared on the packaging. Some were quite substantial too, being 20% less than what was advertised.
As a result, Tesco have had to remove the offending product from shelves, to the tune of around £93,000′s worth of garlic bread.
The Trading Standards manager, Wilma Urquhart, said: “Aberdeenshire council’s Trading Standards service takes these incidents extremely seriously and we were pleased to see that the supermarket acted swiftly following the discovery.”
“By issuing an emergency product withdrawal, batches worth £93,000 have been removed from the shelves. Our work is very important in protecting both consumers and businesses from unfair competition, and the service will continue to work with both Tesco and Bakkavör [the baker of the product] to ensure legislative compliance.”
A Tesco spokesman said: “We take great care to deliver clear information for our customers so they can make informed decisions on the products they buy and to ensure that customers receive the stated quantity of product.”
“We are disappointed that errors occurred with a very small number of products and we have worked with our supplier to ensure there is no repeat of the issue.”
Lego fans! Apart from standing on a Lego brick with a bare foot, there’s nothing to not like about it! It is a toy that teaches you about engineering, is creative and you can make whatever you like with it. Lego is ace.
Well, with that, you can get a Lego Classic box, which is 1,500 pieces in 39 different colours, for the lowest price we’ve seen for it. How much? To you, £30 mate. If you want in on the deal, click here.
Halloween fans – Large pumpkins for only 50p from Morrisons
Sonic the Hedgehog – 10p from Google Play
Tesco half-price toy sale
Samsung Galaxy S6 in platinum/gold 32gb SIM-free for £399
Sony PlayStation 4 (1tb) for £264.99
HP ProLiant tower-server for £155.94
Dell venue 8 Pro tablet for £74.98
Free steak at Beefeater grill when you order another main meal- see here
Lenovo Z50-75 quad-core laptop for £313
Even though most people know that the new plastic bag charge of 5p is really easy to work out, some people are having a really hard time of it. Some are angry, while sections of the press are talking about the ‘confusion’ that will reign down on the people of England.
Seriously. 5p for a carrier bag. That’s all you need to know. It is so easy, that even an unborn foetus could fathom it, and they don’t even have fingernails in which to prise them apart. Of course, this move is a bid to try and reduce the amount of litter that bags create, and cut back on the manufacturing process which isn’t too great environmentally either.
Seeing as we’ve all got loads of plastic bags in a drawer or under the sink, stuffed inside another plastic bag, we should all be just fine, right? Wrong. One person is going to protest against this move.
Another is going to refuse to pay and has vowed to do it ’til the ‘day they die’, which is hilarious. All over plastic bags they already have and 5 pence they can afford.
Of course, the Daily Mail – who have long campaigned against the free use of plastic shopping bags from supermarkets – are now a bit hysterical about the whole thing, and came up with a genius idea of how to ‘get around’ the charges.
That’s right! The whole point of the tax – to get people to use carrier bags they already have – is the Daily Mail’s advice for just saying “NO” to these measures that came in yesterday.
We can’t forget the chaos that will ensue, can we?
Some critics have said that the charges are too complicated, and may well lead to confusion and longer queues at the tills. Let Bitterwallet clear this up for you – you’ll get charged 5p for a plastic bag so take your own, or pay for one. In some smaller shops, you won’t get charged, but if you’ve got your own shopping bag on you, it won’t matter will it? Or you can take one, and use it at Tesco or Sainsbury’s or whatever.
Sky News even have a guide on ‘how the new bag changes affect you‘. A guide! It’s 5p or take your own! It’s a piece of piss to work out! Honestly, god help us if there’s a war (etc).
Anyway, if you’re going to be conducting a protest against your local supermarket for obeying the new laws, do let us know and preferably, film it, so we can include it in an article, so everyone can laugh at your impotent rage.
[images via the always excellent BestoftheMail]
Fans of Back to the Future will know that October 21st 2015 is a special date – basically, Marty McFly went there. And yes, this is the real deal, not some ‘shopped job which has changed the date.
With that, a lot of people will be kicking their marketing teams into action. Pepsi, who star in the film, have been at it, and are recreating their bottles that star in Back To The Future II.
At the moment, it looks like it’ll be US-only, which is rubbish. That could change, mind you.
PepsiCo’s senior director of marketing, Lou Arbetter, said: “So we wanted to take advantage of the fact that Marty travelled to the future, to this month, and wanted to actually come out with the product.”
Each bottle will also come in a furnished case, which means it’ll probably be expensive and one for hardcore fans only. The lads down the comic book shop will be wetting themselves over this, and if you’re at New York Comic Con this week, Pepsi will give you a Back To The Future Pepsi bottle if you’re one of the first 1,5000 people there dressed up like Marty McFly.
We’re looking forward to a portaloo company doing a Jurassic Park marketing stunt. Anyway, here’s the bottle from Back to the Future II…
…and here’s Pepsi’s adverts about it all…
Uber may offend a number of people, but Richard Branson isn’t one of them. A number of business sorts have stuck up for Uber after some new rules to hinder the service are being considered. Branson said that taxi firms need to ‘accept’ that the app has changed the industry, and in turn, they need to adapt and respond to it.
Talking to some awful event, he said: “Once you’ve let the genie out of the box and people are benefiting from something, you can’t put it back in.”
“You cannot stop progress and you can’t turn the clock back. Countries that try to ban Uber are holding themselves back. It’s like banning Google because it’s competing with education. You must embrace it.”
The new rules being considered are basically bans on some of Uber’s key features. Transport for London (TfL) have been saying that there should be a five minute gap between ordering a taxi and its arrival, for some reason. And there should also be a ban on operators showing cars that are for hire within a phone app.
Of course, this isn’t solely aimed at Uber, as there are a number of taxi hailing apps and services out there, but the success of Uber has definitely forced the situation.
What do you think?
If you’ve upgraded to Apple’s iOS 9, and found that a load of stuff you want to look at online is suddenly blocked (hey, we’re not here to judge you, okay?), there’s a really easy way of getting around it, so you can fill you boots with whatever you like.
Apple’s content blockers are enabled or disabled through the Safari section of Settings, as you’d imagine, but if you only want to do it temporarily, and quickly while looking at something you wouldn’t normally get stuck into, then there’s a nice shortcut you can employ.
If you tap and hold on the reload button in Safari, it will give you an option to ‘Reload Without Content Blockers’, which means you can quickly look at a page as the developers of the page intended. With this method, there’s also an option to look at the desktop version of the site, if that’s your thing (you might want to hit a ‘submit’ button on Tumblr, which isn’t available on the mobile app, or whatever).
Either way, it is as easy as that. If you want to turn off content blocking completely, then go into your settings and mess around in there.
There’s going to be at least £2bn worth of shares in Lloyds Banking Group getting offered to the general public in 2016, according to the Treasury. Hurray, if that’s your sort of thing. If not, go back to thinking about what you’re going to have for your tea tonight.
Joe Public is going to get a 5% discount on the market price and, in addition to that, receive a bonus share for every 10 if they hold on to their investment for more than a year.
You’ll need to apply online or by post, and all the proceeds from the sale will go toward getting rid of the national debt. That’d be our debt, being paid off by ourselves there. Either, this might be a good opportunity for some, if they’ve got a hankering for some stocks and shares action.
To try and stop rich people getting all the shares, anyone applying for less than £1,000 will be prioritised, apparently.
The sale will be happening next Spring, which is a bit vague. Either way, the government clearly want this sorted out quickly and they’re clearly hoping that some ordinary people will show some interest with this.
Over £20bn in taxpayers’ money was thrown at Lloyds thanks to the global financial crisis, and since then, the government has been slowly flogging shares to institutional investors. However, next year is the first time the general public will be able to get in on it.
If you want to buy some Lloyds shares, then start at this government website, dedicated to the sale.
Boots reckon that working for them is amazing, and have said: “We’ve brilliant opportunities for you – with your friendly personality, and your love for all things retail. You’ll get to know about all the latest offers like our 3 for 2, Star Gift and, obviously, be ready to help on our Christmas section.”
“It’s a great chance to earn some festive cash and we’ll give you all the training you need. It could even be the start of a great career with us, as some of our Christmas Customer Assistants have even gone to full time positions and even become Assistant Managers.”
Obviously, like the other job alerts we’ve posted on Bitterwallet, some people won’t read this article at all and assume that we’re able to sort them out with a job, and leaving comments asking how to apply, rather than hitting the contact links we provide. Suffice to say, we won’t help those people because they clearly don’t possess the attention to detail needed for festive retail staff.
Anyway, you can follow Boots career team on Twitter at @Boots_Jobs and Facebook - Boots Jobs - for updates on all the roles that are available, or you can just go straight to their designated jobs page if you click here. Not that this will make any difference. There’s going to be at least one person who leaves a comment with their phone number in it, saying “get in touch – I’d like to work for you please’.
Good luck and all that!