High Street News

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

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…

Online shoppers unhappy with substitute grocery items

Our good friends over at Which! have highlighted the shoddy practice where supermarkets play fast and loose with the goods that customers order when they do their grocery shopping online. We speak of course about the dreaded ‘substitution’ – namely the item that a supermarket will send you when the thing that you’ve actually ordered…

Are loyalty cards like the SubCard all that rewarding?

Avid Bitterwallet reader Matt found himself dropping into Subway on the way to his weekend match of the season: I immediately noticed that prices had bumped up a little, but that's the way of the world nowadays, so I sucked it up and bought my usual belly filler. When paying I noticed there were some…

Once Next have your personal data, they have it forever

In the year of our Lord 2010, it's a foolish man that splashes about his personal data like Old Spice. But what do you do if a business has your information and refuses to delete it? An avid Bitterwallet reader, let's call him Simon, is locked in a battle with Next over such an issue.…

Ever wanted to buy a dead body? Now you can!

Are you tired of trying to find body parts to buy online? Do you keep scouring eBay in the hope that, one day, you'll land a plush lot involving a cooler box full of kidneys and a jiffy bag with a tiny withered head in it? Well, worry no more because German anatomist Gunther von…

Apple don't own the lower-case 'i'

The lower-case 'i' is Apple's best friend. Simply plonking an 'i' in front of something immediately marks it out as an Apple product, or, in the case of someone trying to make an easy joke, a pisstake of an Apple product. Example - 'What next? A bloody iColostomy?! Hur hur hur...'. However, a trademarks tribunal…

Deathwatch: Red Driving School in administration

If The Actor Peter Halpin is reading this (and we’re pretty sure he is) he’ll be distraught at the news that the parent company of Red Driving School has gone into administration. After all, he starred in their adverts, playing a Red driving instructor. Or maybe he won’t be in the slightest bit arsed. That’s…