Waitrose – the lifestyle section of a Sunday supplement of the supermarkets – has had an offer with their loyalty cards which doles out free hot soup to customers, which is nice isn’t it? Not so if you’re a Waitrose regular, as a number of them are worried that the deal is bringing in the wrong type of clientele.
Basically, if you have a myWaitrose card, you can claim some soup without needing to buy anything.
Over on Facebook, customers are crying onto their gilets.
“Please don’t turn into a “soup kitchen” handing out free drinks,’ wrote Waitrose shopper and braying ninny, Penny Clayden on Facebook, adding: “I think seeing people walking round the store holding on to takeaway cups of tea and coffee looks quite ridiculous and brings down the image of Waitrose until it is just like everywhere else – in which case I might as well shop anywhere else.”
On Twitter, Carl Barron said: “Perhaps should Waitrose ensure only those who show today’s receipts for good get free drinks.”
John Thompson, a business consultant from Hertfordshire tweeted: “Bit disconcerting seeing people carrying cups of hot coffee around Waitrose whilst they text and push trolleys with their bellies.”
This comes on the back of a story where Waitrose airbrushed someone’s tattoos out of a photo and of course, last year, they tried to do a social engagement campaign where they asked you to finish the sentence ‘I shop at Waitrose because…’, which saw replies like “…I don’t like being surrounded by poor people’ and “because Tesco doesn’t stock unicorn food.”
Waitrose have pooh-poohed the complaints and stated that the myWaitrose card rewarded loyal customers and the majority of people that used it for a free hot drinks also shopped there.
Everyone should, of course, get down to Waitrose, get a loyalty card and annoy all the Hooray Henry’s that shop there.
Yoghurts! Pencils! Flea combs! Just some of the things that you could be getting your hands on for NOTHING if you visit the Freebies section of HotUKDeals right now.
Newbies should also be aware that it’s a great place for sourcing free tickets for preview screenings at cinemas across the country as well. Never say we don’t give you anything here…
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FREE FLEA COMB: Yes, you read that right. FREE FLEA COMB.
FREE FACE PRIMER: From the Clinique people. Use this to either prime your own face or the face of a friend. Please use only for good, rather than evil purposes.
FREE KINDLE BOOK: The Diary Of A Hapless Father (months 0-3) to be precise. This sounds like fun, assuming that the kid survives.
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FREE POPCORN: Available from Cineworld picture houses. You might not even need to pay to see a film in order to qualify!
FREE BIRTHDAY STUFF: A round-up of some of the marvellous stuff you can cop for, and all for nothing if it’s your special day.
FREE STAR WARS PINBALL: Available for nowt right now on your iOS devices – what could be greater than a combo of Star Wars and pinball? The answer, of course, is ‘nothing’.
FREE WINDOWS GAMES: 20 of them to be precise, all of them indie games (so quality may vary) but all of them gratis.
FREE JOKES: 2,700 of them, in a Kindle edition, but all for kids (so quality may vary).
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If you’re skint but still love the acquisition of stuff, you’ve come to the right place – here’s the best of the current crop in the Freebies section over at HotUKDeals. If you love reggae and knitting, it’s your lucky day!
FREE FOOTBALL FIXTURES: Your team’s 2013-14 matches, pumped right into your phone. Such luxury and convenience!
FREE MUG: A Richer Sounds mug, to be precise. WARNING: you’ll need to leave the house and visit an actual Richer Sounds store for this one.
FREE KNITTING PATTERNS: Knitting patterns. Free ones.
FREE MUSIC: A previously-unreleased Manic Street Preachers track – a live version of The Masses Against The Classes.
MORE FREE MUSIC: A 57-minute Trojan Roots Reggae mix tape, free to download. Makes the Manics one look a bit crappy, actually.
FREE GAME: From the makers of Angry Birds, Bad Piggies is now free for iOS devices. Truth be told, it’s not as good as its predecessor but, you know, FREE.
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FREE APPS: It’s the 5th birthday of the AppStore and your iOS devices can be jammed up with loads of free stuff as a celebration.
FREE MUSIC: Yes, it’s the Toolroom: Essentials 2013 album! Yes, and it’s FREE!
FREE AMAZON VOUCHER: A £2.00 one, to be precise. For to spend on mp3s.
FREE EYE TEST: You won’t be saying ‘should have gone to Specsavers’ after this, because that’s where you’ll have been! Ha!
FREE CHOCOLATE BAR: Some Cadburys yumminess, fired into yor gob-hole via WHSmith and O2 Priority Moments.
FREE BF3 PHYSICAL WARFARE PACK FOR PS3: Nope, no idea.
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FREE PITTA BREAD: It’s from Kingsmill so you know it’ll be good. Probably.
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FREE CURRY: Okay, we’re a bit dizzy with this one. Free. Curry. The holy grail.
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Fancy some free stuff? Here! Go wild with it. Everything from tea to the chance to be killed dead by an F1 car. All of it hailing from the freebies section over at HotUKDeals. Don’t say we never treat you…
FREE PRO FIBRE PLUS: We don’t know what this is. But there’s 5 x 20g sachets of it to be had.
FREE TEA: Beacause there’s always free tea. This time it’s PG tips. A box of the stuff.
FREE DR WHO EBOOKS: For the kids. BECAUSE IT’S A SHOW FOR KIDS.
FREE MARSHALL TRAINING: Enjoy the GB Grand Prix at the weekend? Maybe you’d like to be a marshall next year. Get trained up here.
FREE FAIRY TABLETS: Take these and you’ll become a fairy. Or something.
FREE BODY BUTTER: Butter. For your body instead of for your bread.
FREE TRAVEL EBOOK: Europe: 40 Amazing Experiences, from Lonely Planet. Crazy continent, crazy times.
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After you have taken the call you choose your local supermarket, print your voucher and then go and help yourself to your reward.
Want some free stuff? Here’s some. There’s also loads more in the rather wonderful freebies section of HotUKDeals. Play nicely, eh?
FREE TEKKEN REVOLUTION: Jam this in your PS3 and start playing. Simple.
FREE SKIN GLOOP: Something called the Nivea Dare To Dip Kit Giveaway. Sounds pretty sordid. We like it.
FREE WEATHER APP: From the BBC, and for Android and iOS. Now you can know the weather wherever you are without looking at the sky.
FREE ICE DRINK: If your weather app tells you that it’s hot, get to Café Nero and have one of these for free.
FREE KINDLE BOOK: Windows 8 Made Easy. Free of charge. There, that’ll make that tricky operating system all nice and simple for you won’t it?
FREE TEA: Because there’s always free tea. In this case, it’s Twinings.
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(freebies found by avid HUKD users kevkool, elena17484, theGreatSkua, prk, gerrymig, aclondon and nandito39)
Cat food! A million pounds! Pet spray stuff! Just some of the things that might be available in the wonderful freebies section over at HotUKDeals right now. What are you waiting for???
FREE CAT FOOD: It’s Go Cat Crunchy & Tender and it contains NO horse meat. Probably.
FREE NO ELECTRIC SHOCK DEATHS: Check the safety of your appliances with this useful, potentially life-saving online tool.
FREE AMAZON VOUCHERS: A £2 one, to spend on mp3s. For nothing.
FREE MILLION POUNDS: Pretend money mind you, winnable in the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire app, which is currently free.
FREE HOLIDAY MONEY: A £25 credit off the price of a break through Secret Escapes. We think that’s a different girl in their new advert. We liked the other one better.
FREE PET FUR PROTECTOR AND DEODORISER: We don’t know what this is.
FREE US CALLS: With the aid of US Google Voice. You can make and receive free calls & texts to US landlines and mobiles with it – it says here….
Freebies found by HUKD members katiecraig96, MJV, seezyf, Benibaby33, AirelleCranberry and robot1000.
Who fancies some free stuff then? Well you should be a regular visitor to the free section over at HotUKDeals, because that’s where it’s all at… and here’s the best of the current bunch…
FREE VALENTINE CARD: Not just any old card, but a GEEKY one. You know, Star Wars, Doctor Who, that sort of thing. Because nerds can love too…
FREE NECTAR POINTS: 50 of the blighters, and all you need to do is fill in a short survey. Who’d have thought that something for nothing would be that simple?
FREE AMAZON DELIVERY: Special delivery, to one of their Next Day lockers. Handy if there’s one near you. Not so much if there isn’t or if you work from home.
FREE GAME: To tie in with the new Wreck ‘Em Ralph film, here’s the Fix-it Felix game that appears within said film. Free on iOS.
FREE CLOUD STORAGE: 50GB of it, free for life with Box.
FREE ANIMAL TOY: A Kong plush toy, for your cat or dog to throw around the place. Yours for nowt.
FREE COOKIE: Again, there’s a survey to be done, but when there’s a free cookie for you at the end of it, how can you say no?
FREE KINDLE BOOK: Coinciding with the Chinese new year, here’s a Kindle book devoted to the Year of the Snake and Chinese astrology.
(freebies found by HUKD members rpoynter, 3010, seezyf, goonertillidie, Nutso, stonesfan1982, Hunkzilla, and gajones76)
Games! Popcorn! Pants! They’re just some of the treasures that can be discovered over in the freebies section of HotUKDeals right now. And some other stuff.
FREE PROGRAMMING EBOOK: Let’s start with a heavyweight – an ebook guide to programming Windows 8 apps. Go on – you’ve been meaning to start doing apps for AGES haven’t you?
FREE PARKING HELP: Introducing Parkopedia, a website that will bring you a mass of parking information with a simple postcode search. Free, obviously.
FREE RACING GAME: More specifically, Need For Speed Most Wanted, and even more specifically, free for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2
FREE KINDLE BOOK: Not just any old Kindle book, but an AWARD-WINNING one (it says here). It’s called Tollesbury Time Forever and it won the 2012 IBB Best Overall Book Award and Best Psychological Fiction Award!
FREE POPCORN: Steady yourselves, it’s free popcorn at selected Odeon cinemas, with the Cinime app. It’s not free popcorn raining out of the skies. Not this time.
FREE SONIC: It’s Sonic CD and it’s free for Nokia Lumia owners. Finally, your phone is complete.
FREE PANTS: More specifically, it’s some free Valentine’s Day pants for anyone who gets themselves tested for chlamydia in the Northants area. Romantic or what?
FREE TEA: Because there’s always free tea. Here’s some Twinings Infusions Detox. We don’t know what that is.
(freebies found by HUKD members Blasphemous, Mikey_2811, ordnas, phillyboy, Reisclef, scrumpypaul, caramelek and vman901)
Milk! Fruit coffee! Other stuff! All that and more is available in the freebies section of HotUKDeals. There’s always free cinema preview tickets in there too but we don’t mention them here because they always go like hot cakes. Yes, HOT CAKES! Keep ‘em peeled, kids…
FREE PHOTO DIRECTOR 3: Direct your photos like never before with this mesmerising piece of software. Oh yes!
FREE MILK: Cravendale no less – available to you for nothing when you get some vouchers from Change4Life.
FREE EBOOK: It’s ‘The Alchemist’s Secret’ by Scott Mariani and it’s free for your Kindle. What are you waiting for then??
FREE NECTAR POINTS: Let’s be blunt here – you can never have too many Nectar points. Here’s 50 more.
FREE XBMC 12: We don’t know what this is.
FREE FRUIT COFFEE: We don’t know what this is either. In fact, we’re not all that sure that we want to know.
FREE ONE POUND: Order a free giffgaff SIM card online and you’ll get a quid back from Quidco. Erm, if you’re already a Quidco member when you do it. Look, it’s a quid – you could buy some fruit coffee with it once your free sample runs out.
(freebies found by HUKD members Snooki, hajrah, sarahbear285, 3010, engowen, jyfs and adilqureshi)
Creams! Gels! Peas! All that and more is here in the latest round-up of the best stuff from HotUKDeals’ freebies section. Touch it – it won’t bite you. OR WILL IT?
FREE ANTI-BLEMISH GEL: It’s called Skinetica, which would be a great name for a group or a ‘niche’ nightclub.
FREE HAND CREAM: From the geniuses at L’Occitane En Provence. Who says that ‘genius’ is an overused word, eh?
FREE PEA RECIPE BOOK: No, really. It’s ‘More Yes Peas’, the sequel to the hugely successful ‘Yes Peas’.
FREE TRAIN GAMES: Courtesy of the National Railway Museum of York – some games to download and keep.
FREE CAR INSURANCE TOOL: A tool. That could help you shave some cash off your car insurance quote. How can that not be amazing?
FREE EBOOKS AND AUDIOBOOKS: How to borrow them from your library – in an online stylee.
(freebies found by HUKD members iheartpingu28, bryan2411, justmatt, dbhoy, craigwhitlow and CJ.UK)
Fish! Kent! Fish! Just some of the things that can be had for free this week over at HotUKDeals. Here’s the best bits…
FREE MASH-UP TRACKS: David Guetta v The Proclaimers and many many more, all mashed up together and that.
FREE KENT: 17,000 tickets for over 100 tourist attractions in lovely Kent over a weekend in March.
FREE BT TALK: The new app from BT that allows you to use your home phone package on the move.
FREE FISH: Sainsbury’s are giving away free fish on Friday. We’re not sure how this works.
FREE MONEY SOFTWARE: It’s Microsoft Money and maybe it’ll help you budget better. Maybe Bill Gates uses it himself.
FREE ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE: Namely Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus+ 2013. Say goodbye to pesky viruses forever.
FREE WORKOUT DVD: It’s Davina! And her Ultimate Target DVD. Yours for nothing if you’re an O2 Priority Moments user. And stretch, 2, 3, 4…
FREE CLOUD SPACE: 50GB of free cloud storage from Mega, the new site launched by Kim Dotcom. You know, the bloke who had Megaupload, which the feds shut down, meaning that everyone lost their data. Hmmm…
(freebies found by HUKD members lelb72, TravelSaver, hero9989, Crown, ukkit, freebiehunter, masha and kimbongo)