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    • I was the manager of an off license. We reopened on mon 30th, I received a very large delivery which we weren’t expecting (and I wasn’t told about until 2hrs before by my line manager) all managers received a text from regional manager which stated when deliveries are coming in shops are to be closed. He didn’t ring this info in, I just read the text.   When I saw how big del was (completely covered the floor, could barely move around it) I kept my shutters closed and proceeded to pack delivery away. The store remained closed and we lost 5hrs trading time. I didn’t seek permission from manager to do this, with the current safety precautions enacted (only allowed 1 customer in at a time as manadated by HQ) I didn’t feel this could be safely achieved with 3 members of staff in and all the stock everywhere.  regional manger calls into shop at 4:50, hits roof that it’s closed and storms out of shop after exclaiming I didn’t have the authority to keep shop closed.   Fast forward 1 1/2 weeks later today regional manager comes in at 4pm with prepared questions, I answer truthfully stated I didn’t think it was safe I had the best interests of business at heart that I had turned up for work every day since this incident and nothing had been said. He said that they will examine this information and can come back for more evidence if needed.    He goes away again and at 5:59 (my shift finished at 6) he came back in saying they’d examined all the evidence and that their decision was dismissal, I was to gather my things and there’d be a letter in the post with information should I wish to appeal.  quite a shock.   I will see what this letter states as their reasons I committed gross misconduct, I am a bit at a loss as to what I specifically did to be deemed gross misconduct.   I’ve worked for them for 10years, taken 2 days off sick in that entire time and had a faultless record   I’m just flabbergasted they’d immediately sack me for something which happened in unprecedented times when all I was trying to do was keep myself and my staff safe and safely make their store presentable and adequately accessible for all.   Any thoughts on the above? Obviously this is all too fresh as it happened only hours ago 
    • Hi KL1 and welcome to CAG.   You say the buyer contacted you saying, "...... he had seen it cheaper somewhere else and wanted to cancel the sale."   Do you have this in writing and, if so, in what format ?   It would be useful if you could tell us more about the item you sold.    
    • I wanted to report a success against UKPS that started in Dec 2018 and was concluded today.  I did do a bit of reading through this site for guidance though so thanks for that!    in Dec 2018 a family member reversed onto a private road in Coventry and waited about 1 minute or so to collect their partner.  Meanwhile the owner was loitering and waiting to catch anyone on his land with photos.  2 photos were taken about 40 seconds apart.   With my help I disputed the charge stating that the driver had not "parked" but had only stopped momentarily to pick up a passenger.  I did not state at any point who the driver was.   UKPS from Leamington Spa were trying to enforce this and insisted on the charge of £60 + £100 being paid.  I sent a 2nd letter confirming the position of the 1st letter and that no further letters would be sent.   4 threatening letters were sent from Debt Recovery Plus and Zenith Collections and duly ignored.  The last kindly offered to settle for £136!    Then a letter from Gladstones Sols threatening the same was also sent, and mentioned Beavis vs Parking Eye.  This was also duly ignored.   Finally a Letter Before Action was sent by email.  Aha!  Game on.  They cited Vehicle Control Services Ltd v Nick Idle and Vehicle Control Services Limited v Damen Ward and that stopping for any time is a breach, and it was only the length of time stopped that may affect the value of the breach.   I said that signage said no PARKING, not no STOPPING and that appropriate case law was JOPSON v HOMEGUARD where the judge specifically said "Merely to stop a vehicle cannot be to park it"   They then came back at me with an evidence bundle they were allegedly going to use at court against me, stated the signage was clear,  a nd repeated their "no stopping" case   I came back at them with the same as before and added that, in their world, someone coming onto the land and wanting to read the signage would have precisely NO TIME AT ALL to so as, according to them, even stopping for mere seconds was a breach.  I also threatened that I would claim costs for my wasted time in dealing the case.   Today they emailed me as follows: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Good Morning,   Thank you for your correspondence. We apologise for the delay in our response, however as no further action has taken place we trust you agree no prejudice has been suffered.   Please note that our Client has cancelled our instruction on this matter and the matter is considered closed.   No further action is warranted. Kind Regards ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   16 months on and UKPS gave in  
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Get your wallets at the ready and your running shoes on; it's time to grab a bargain as Black Friday is almost here.


Despite being an American tradition, falling on the Friday following Thanksgiving in the United States (which is the fourth Thursday of November), the annual shopping bonanza has gone global with hundreds of retailers around the world slashing their prices to tempt shoppers with big bargain deals.



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Have you any tales to tell about this day.Any experiences. :gossip:

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What is Black Friday, when exactly is it and where are the best 2015 UK bargains?

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Video and article.If this is what Black Friday is like i will be staying in that day.

I believe in some stores police had to be called last year.

Is it fun for some,or do you dread this day.


Maybe you are in retail and have a story to tell.

Maybe you are hungry for a bargain.


Are you a cashier,a security guard perhaps.

A difficult day for being a security guard or a assistant in these stores,i should imagine.


Some stores i have heard many workers try to book the day off.

To shop themselves,or to maybe avoid the rush.





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I first heard of it when I lived in the USA from 2005 - 2008. I found the idea quite unpleasant then, and was disappointed when it became a "thing" over here as well. I'm not some sort of anti-consumer moralist or anything, but this day seems to bring out the worst in some people.




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Hi antone,

I have just been looking in America.

The retailers are already advertising for this day.Heavily.

There does not yet seem to be many British Retailers trying as hard to entice people in.



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Well, we don't have Thanksgiving as the hook. I always thought of Thanksgiving as a fairly unassuming but rather nice holiday: people will eat and drink (in some cases) a lot and spend time with family and friends, but there were no gifts or rampant commercialisation. Well, not until someone thought up Black Friday at least. Interestingly, a lot of retailers in the US are now announcing that they will be closed on Thanksgiving Day itself - apparently they think that doing so will help their sales. This has to be a good thing.


I'd be quite happy if the whole "Black Friday" thing died a death here, though I suppose it's too late for that now.




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Asda, I think, have said they're not doing it this year.


I find the whole rather sad.

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Ah -Asda.

I saw pictures of this in my town last year.

Like wolves after TVS.I had never seen anything like it.Fighting over a TV.

A wise decision perhaps.

I feel staff are in danger at this time,saw some nearly in tears.

This has roused me to take camera and observe things.On this day to come.

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I cant recall ever seeing such shameful behaviour from the consumers in this country - the images that were on television where shocking.

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