Foolish Boots and Ikea left looking embarrassed...
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.