Foolish Boots and Ikea left looking embarrassed...

16 November 2012

We’ve got a spectacular double-whammy of corporate upcockery for you to chortle over… right here, right now.

First up comes Boots, who have accidentally told as many as 9,000 customers that they’ve won a luxury trip to Barcelona, which we think you’ll agree is rather lovely of them. Sounds like it could prove to be a bit expensive for the retail giant though.

The problem is that not all of the ‘lucky winners’ have actually triumphed and won the trip, which includes three nights in a five star hotel and two tickets to a Barcelona home match – Boots had accidentally emailed everyone who entered, and have now stumped up £10 vouchers for each of the disappointed winners/losers by way of an apology.

A second draw, which should produce one actual winner, will take place on Monday. Good luck everyone.

Meanwhile, there’s some red faces at Ikea’s HQ after it was revealed that the success of the Swedish furniture giants is partially built on forced labour, as it’s been revealed that political and criminal prisoners were deployed to manufacture the company’s weirdly-named bits and bobs almost a quarter of a century ago.

Before the Berlin Wall came down and everything became a bit groovier, the German Democratic Republic (GDR, or East Germany) used to get their baddies to work while behind bars and a report has shown that Ikea were one of the beneficiaries of the scheme.

‘We deeply regret that this could happen,’ said Ikea’s sustainability manager, Jeanette Skjelmose. ‘The use of political prisoners in production has never been acceptable to the Ikea Group. At the time, we didn't have today’s well-developed control system and obviously didn't do enough to prevent such production conditions among our former GDR suppliers.’

Ikea are planning to make a financial contribution to a victim support group, UOKG, which will be spent on researching forced labour in the former GDR.

TOPICS:   High Street News

14 comments

  • Borat
    Aren't Boots one of those tax avoidance type companys? Pay up you tight bastards!
  • Borat
    Aren't Boots one of those tax avoidance type companies? Pay up you tight bastards!
  • whatever
    ^^ Double taxation?
  • ELSIE J.
    yes I too was one of those who got the e.mail I jumped for joy especially as I do hundereds of competitions have done for years and NEVER won anything. Bludy idiots they are got me on a right downer. and theyd better send me my £10 SORRY VOUCHER. or else
  • oliverreed
    @ELSIE JOHNSON "Bludy idiots" - really, coming from "I do hundereds of competitions have done for years and NEVER won anything"
  • Seymour
    Why should Ikea apologise, I mean look at the state of the prisons these day's, they are so comfortable and welcoming that people are practically walking into police station's and admitting to anything and anything for a free holiday in the prison system. Prison should be a punishment for doing something illegal, if part of that punishment includes building veneer wrapped cardboard for a company then that's your fucking fault for getting captured by the coppers.
  • Boycott B.
    Boots has it's Head Office registered in Switzerland. It pays little or no tax. From being a family run UK company it's now a money making tax avoider. AVOID Boots and go to Superdrug! At least they are honest and pay tax!
  • Sicknote
    Just Google the Ikea Nazi connection
  • Spencer
    the problem is not company's using loopholes to avoid tax. it's that HMRC allow these loopholes with their ridiculously complex and scattered taxation policy. the issue is that - as most folks fall into paye - there's nowhere to go with loopholes and allowances etc... and when you see companies or individuals avoiding taxation - it's very galling. you pay your fair share, why don't they. I do not blame or criticize any company or person that doesn't pay tax they don't have to. I blame the I.R. for allowing it in the first place.
  • Spencer
    I'm certain that there was a Swedish meatballs -up joke in there... or maybe a (meat)balls (banged) up... or whatever. I'm in a doctors waiting room and can't feel my face.
  • Angus 5.
    ^^ Jizz'll do that.
  • Justin A.
    "AVOID Boots and go to Superdrug! At least they are honest and pay tax!" Or you could be as ethical as possible and go to The Co-operative Pharmacy. Not only paying their taxes, but also sharing the profits among their members.
  • crap
    old news
  • John
    Posted by Spencer •November 17, 2012 at 11:19 am the problem is not company’s using loopholes to avoid tax. it’s that HMRC allow these loopholes with their ridiculously complex and scattered taxation policy. Unfortunately it's not down to HMRC, who have fought (and lost) cases where they wanted to reclaim tax incurred in the UK. There are international agreements that need to be addressed, and we need to get tough on tax havens that profit from corporate taxes they never earned.

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