High Street News

The latest craic on what is happening on the high street.

People are STILL watching black and white tellies

You would have thought that the black and white TV had gone the way of the mangle and the Spinning Jenny by now, but according to TV Licensing, 11,550 households in Britain still have a B&W TV licence. London is a hot bed of monochrome TV watching, with 2334 sets – four times as many…

Irony drives sales of retro home equipment

‘Bend me over backwards on me hostess trolley’ sang 80s comedienne Victoria Wood, and it seems that people are once again getting hot under the collar for outdated home equipment, such as the teasmade, Hostess Trolley and the Sodastream. In their ceaseless attempts to be ‘ironic’ and ‘humorous’ the British public are buying up these…

DEATHWATCH: Tie Rack hangs up its hat. (And ties. And scarves.)

When was the last time you said to yourself: ‘Hmm, I really need to buy a tie. I think I’ll go to TIE RACK?’ Well it seems nobody has done that since 1985, so it’s time for the station concession to pack up its mid-priced umbrellas and go home. Sadly, its repeated losses – and…

Iceland - the king of brilliant knockoffs!

You have to applaud people for their shameless attempts to ride the coattails of those more successful. There's some hilarious knockoff Manchester United kits doing the rounds and of course, all good B&M Bargain shops have things that Look A Bit Like Mars Bars and the like. However, Iceland have gone one further than everyone…

£1.50 Aldi shampoo beats luxury brand costing £130

Another triumph for budget supermarket Aldi, this time on the follicular front – its own brand shampoo has outperformed a rival shampoo that costs a scalp tingling £130. While you'd have to be a total dipstick to shell out £130 to wash your hair, apparently some people pay £60 for Philip B Oud Royal Forever…

Outrage as McDonald's are dropping Heinz

McDonald's have announced that they are ditching Heinz after a 40-year partnership, all because the company is led by someone who used to run Burger King. The massive, massive babies. "As a result of recent management changes at Heinz, we have decided to transition our business to other suppliers over time," McDonald's said in a…

WH Smith is apparently Britain’s worst store

Who would come in last place in a Which! poll of Britain's best stores? I can think of a few. BHS, Primark, those dodgy shops that sell a baffling array of crossbows, bongs and Betty Boop lighters. But no. The UK's worst store - according to Which!- is WH Smith. Meanwhile bath bomb botherers Lush…

Greggs offering you less for more. Smaller steak bakes with a bigger price tag.

A steak bake, yesterday Good old Greggs. Champion of the people, foodstuff of the many, self-confessed favourite baker of Britain’s, Greggs’ customers are paramount to their success. Their aim in business is to develop “product ranges to meet changing customer tastes, whilst retaining the quality, value and service that Greggs is known for.” How nice.…

It's not just Mum who goes to Iceland

A Sainsburys employee in Cheadle, Cheshire has been busted for buying £1 Warburton's Toastie loaves from Iceland next door and selling them on for a 49p profit. Having run out of stock, the resourceful idiot stocked the shelves straight from Iceland carrier bags, perhaps imagining that nobody would notice. They were then sold for the…

HMRC to tax your Quidco cashback?

Everyone knows the insurance industry is the worst kind of old boys club. Well, perhaps not the worst kind. Still, the fact that financial advisers can be sunning themselves on a cruise paid for on the back of advice given 20 years ago is why the whole financial services regime is currently undergoing a ‘reform’…

Greggs staff suspended for having cakes that were meant for the bin

Greggs - the purveyors of the finest food on the planet - are showing the strength of their pimp-hand as, what is reported to be nine members of staff, have been suspended after they took some cakes that were going to be thrown away. Everyone knows that bin-cakes are the best cakes. One of the…

Vagrants! Pret A Manger want you!

Pret A Manger is going to create over 500 jobs in the UK, and interestingly, they're open to applications from the homeless. The firm already give leftover food to vagrants and now, is planning to recruit them once they get over the overbearing smell of ammonia coming from their crotches. Chief executive Clive Schlee said:…

Debenhams gets a barcode-scanning app

Debenhams have decided to be all futuristic by launching a new app for Android handsets, which offers us plebs a range of features via our phones when we scan barcodes and such. They're the first UK retailer to do so apparently. We could check to see if that's true, but in all honesty, we can't…

Buy your child a Baby In A Microwave toy!

While this may not be new or news, we've stumbled across a most peculiar toy from those wonderful Japanese folks from Japanland. Welcome Baby In A Microwave! That's right! Is your puking little sprog forever sticking its siblings in the microwave trying to explode them? Well sate their disgusting desires with this toy! Or send…

Are you a foreigner? You can't buy our booze, say Waitrose

Yesterday, avid Bitterwallet reader Torunn popped into the Newcastle branch of Waitrose to buy groceries and also - whisper it - a little booze. Initially flattered that she was being asked for ID before she could purchase the alcohol, the 30 year-old Norwegian produced her driver's licence. Surprisingly, the staff refused to accept her identification…