IN a last-minute frenzy to secure their favourite food item for Christmas day, UK supermarkets were inundated with people shopping “like it’s the end of the world.”
Thousands poured into Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury in order to grab their Christmas goodies, most facing queues of up to 30 minute, reducing some customers to tears after experiencing the carnage first hand.
One twitter user wrote:
Just popped in to Asda….. Completely mad. People shopping like the end of the world is near. Incredibly rude staff member at self serving tills has never heard of Christmas Spirit!
Just popped in to Asda….. Completely mad. People shopping like the end of the world is near. Incredibly rude staff member at self serving tills has never heard of Chritmas Spirit!
— Angry (EU) Mum Esq. 🇳🇱🇪🇺says: (@schipbreuk) December 23, 2019
Video footage from inside the store in Parkfarm showed people with trolleys and baskets lined up around the whole of the store with many consumers expressing concern that the frozen food items would defrost whilst they waited.
What seemed to rile the customers the most was none of the supermarkets appeared to have hired extra staff, despite knowing the influx of customer to the stores would be more than usual given the festive season.
‘These big companies need to sort themselves out, these stores know everyone needs fresh food for Christmas! It’s not a case of leaving it to last minute!’ One angry customer stated on social media.
The chaotic scenes at local supermarkets could have been worse, as many shoppers in a bid to avoid the Christmas mayhem were online making last-minute purchases. Retailer Amazon was will deliver up till midnight Christmas Eve.
As Euro Weekly News understands, it’s estimated that shoppers will splurge out a record £1.4 billion on Christmas Day this year as 11 million Brits shop online on the big day as Boxing Day sales start early.
According to a Centre for Retail Research study for Voucher Codes, based on interviews with 80 major UK retailers and 1,000 shoppers, the estimated web spree will be up almost 20 per cent on last year’s £1.00bn, giving an estimated total of a £1.19bn to be spent online in the next 48 hours in the UK alone.