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Sainsbury's sales fall AGAIN as Justin King jumps ship

Sainsbury’s bigwig Justin King is getting ready to move on to pastures new, but not before announcing that Sainsbury’s like-for-like sales have dropped again. It’s the second time that Sainsbury’s have reported a loss –previous to that, it had nine unblemished, consecutive years of growth. So what’s the problem? Well, we all know the impact…

Are 'Best Before' labels past their sell by date?

‘Best before’ labels on food were always a strange and nebulous idea. If you ate the food after that date, what would happen? Did it just mean that it wouldn’t be in the prime of life, or that it was covered in green fur and you should ask a pest control expert to get rid…

Lidl and Aldi batteries are best value for money

If you insist on long life batteries, prices vary widely. A Which! survey found that the cheapest place to buy Duracell is at Asda, where two packs of four AA batteries were £6.17. The most expensive place was Waitrose, where they can set you back £7.64. Prices have since fallen, but still, that's a big…

Morrisons stop washing windows to save cash

It’s a sign of the times when a supermarket has to cut back on its cleaning bill to save cash, but that’s what mucky Morrisons is doing this winter. In a triumph of bizarre logic, bosses have decided to cancel window cleaning at all its stores in a war against slipping sales, which dropped by…

Dear Toilet… anybody in there?

A council has written a nice letter to an abandoned toilet asking for permission for a local shop to sell alcohol. Norwich City Council bafflingly addressed the loo letter ‘To The Occupier of the public convenience next to 150/152 Magdelen Street.’ It then went on to ask the toilet to fill in a form in…

UK needs more cheap houses for rent

Britain needs a million more affordable houses to rent to avoid a homelessness crisis by 2021, a Cambridge University study has revealed. At the moment, the UK is already suffering a shortfall of 300,000 rented homes at below market prices. In London alone - where it costs a million pounds to live in an old…

£1 houses for sale – damp and rats included

Ever thought of moving to Stoke on Trent? (Thought not). Well, now, you can score yourself a derelict terraced house in the land of pottery for just £1. 35 2 bedroom houses in the Cobridge area of the city are being sold off by the local council for the price of a white sliced loaf,…

Like talking dirty online? Like watching porn on the iPad? Not for long...

Smut. Filth. A nod is as good as a wink to a blind bat. Kyak kyak. All that dirty stuff is pretty popular online, right? You don't have to feel like a seedy ol' shit with a grubby mac on whilst perusing nude humans with engorged bits or talking filth to complete strangers. The joy…

Ryanair come clean about stiffing their customers

Rebranding must be all the rage amongst airlines at the moment, because we've seen plenty of new-look planes recently. And today, official Bitterwallet reader Bill brought our attention to the new Ryanair logo. You might have seen it before, but we hadn't and that's good enough for us. Ryanair are, as we call them in…

Rats! Tesco fined £23,000 for vermin infestation

Dirty, filthy Tesco. That's not the personal opinion of Bitterwallet, you understand, it's a matter of public fact. They're the supermarket with the pissed-stained, shit covered shelves, who feed rats your groceries before you buy them for yourself. Disgusting, vermin-infested Tesco. That's them. The supermarket was investigated after a customer bought a packet of bagels…

Parking in Darlington costs more than New York, but how much do you pay to park?

There was hell and fury and outrage in Bitterwallet's inbox yesterday, with this email from reader Steve Owen: I had to go to Darlington on Saturday - somebody has to, I suppose. I was there early for an all-day event, so I parked at the Town Hall in the town centre. My jaw fell off…