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And Finally - Missing baskets, World’s most expensive pie and Loo of the Year Awards


Posted At: 15 December 2011 13:37 PM
Related Categories: And Finally, Social Commentary


Retail quirkies of the month include:

  • Half of the 300 baskets at Morrisons, in Aberystwyth, disappeared when the Welsh government imposed a 5p charge on carrier bags. The 5p charge for all single-use bags is aimed at reducing litter and avoiding unnecessary damage to the environment. Co-Operative confirmed that it had also lost a small number of baskets but there had not been a 'dramatic' loss


  • The world’s most expensive mince pie is on the display for a month at the Marvellous Mince Pie Manufactory in The Exchange shopping centre in Ilford. Valued at £3,000, the mince pie was made using traditional ingredients including the highest-grade platinum leaf, holy water from Lourdes to bind the pastry, vanilla beans and cinnamon from eastern spice markets, and ambergris sugar which is derived from sperm whale secretions – health & safety won’t be very happy with that!


  • Talking of the hospitality industry, JD Wetherspoon has been awarded for having the best toilets at the Loo of the Year Awards 2011 as well as being named the UK Trophy winner in the Corporate Provider category

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