Apparently, it’s MELTDOWN FRIDAY!
In yet another attempt to prefix days of the week with stupid words and then try to make them a thing, today is apparently called MELTDOWN FRIDAY. Does it mean that we will all fall through the earth’s crust and into its fiery core? Well no. It means that loads of people will do their Christmas shopping today. Wait, where are you going?
Retailers are braced for the busiest shopping day of the year today, when pre-Christmas gift-buying hits its peak and the British public will spend a whopping £1.3 billion. Debit and credit cards will receive a bashing, with people spending approximately £870 million on them, and there’ll also be £500 million spent in cash. The rest will be electronic payments and cheques.
A study from the Centre of Retail Research says that sales are due to peak around…NOW. Well, in ten minutes, anyway. That’s when Britain’s tills are merrily melting with the strain of processing all those onesies and Aramis gift sets and Furbys.
Britain is predicted to spend a total of £36 billion on mince pies, tinsel and presents that nobody likes this year – up 4% from last year. And in January, we’ll all be looking at a credit card bill of a painful £9bn.
Will it be worth it? Nah. But let’s do it anyway.