Off-licences added to list of 'essential' shops
25/03/2020 | news | business | 2,020
Government updates list of shops allowed to open during the pandemic to include those selling alcohol.
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25/03/2020 13:21:25 496 13
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Key workers will likely need parts for their cars/bicycles - engine oil for example - Halfords a good a place as any to get it?
26/03/2020 00:40:47 1 2
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1 Government ordered 10,000 ventilators from Dyson. But they havent passed any tests and none had been built yet. It will take few weeks before they do. 2. Suppose thy will be sent to and installed in Wetherspoons. --- 1. Have faith. 2. Not funny. ????
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25/03/2020 13:21:36 262 9
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For a while I used Halfords for cycle repairs, until one repair took over a month due to staff leave (having only one senior mechanic) and part sourcing issues. I then went to a local shop, which cost more but sorted the issue much quicker, and still go local now. Local bike shops need the support and often do a much better job than chain stores; hopefully local shops can stay open in future.
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25/03/2020 13:22:46 567 9
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Seems fair to me. If headlights go or brakes fail, I'd rather have a big Halfords local to go to
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25/03/2020 13:23:57 808 7
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Essential workers still need tyres, exhausts etc.. Some service is required.
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25/03/2020 13:24:27 19 54
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Loads of people won't go there from past experiences of being ripped off - they give every garage a bad name, shameless rip-off merchants!
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25/03/2020 13:24:58 781 12
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As there must be thousands of bikes being brought out of sheds with punctures, so people can get exercise, this seems a sensible move to me. As for boycott Halfords ..... really
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25/03/2020 13:25:58 678 5
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We rightly criticise business kept open after being advised to or told to close. Why are we criticising those that the government say should stay open? Halfords do repairs to cars and bicycles and they sell lights and spares for both. Quite rightly they are still open.
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25/03/2020 13:50:43 11 2
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7. Posted by Billy Goat Gruff Why are we criticising those that the government say should stay open? ... That's an easy one Billy! The govt. have had no choice but to make all movement socially unacceptable to stop people doing it. Hence the endless TV battering about it. Now some people are pathological about anybody going outside. Humans eh? Just can't mind their own business.
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25/03/2020 13:26:28 33 274
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My neighbour works for council he's in garden relaxing whilst I graft. If i can report him I will do
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25/03/2020 13:21:59 376 13
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Cant think of a better way of completely hissing Mike Ashley off
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25/03/2020 13:26:59 6 81
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Surely a store that sells goods that facilitate people travelling around on bike or in cars, in a time when public advice is to stay at home, isn't the most essential of retailers. On the other had since garages count as an essential service, that maybe Halfords can sell garages the supplies they need. I feel like this is a bit of stretch, but not the most egregious case we've seen
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25/03/2020 13:32:12 160 2
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10 mjth and if essential workers cars or bicycles get damaged and they can no longer get into work what then? aslong as they are not allowing people to simply browse in the store then they are offering a much needed service.
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25/03/2020 13:27:29 25 38
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We need to just get on with it. Plunging the world economy into massive recession is going to hurt more than the virus ever will.
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25/03/2020 13:29:30 1063 17
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Sadly this crisis has only added to the ubiquitous army of armchair-critics willing to spew hatred at others. Maybe your car/bike is fine, or you don't need to use it. For a dozen others it might be a critical lifeline and they need supplies. Take a minute before castigating people and try to put yourself in their shoes. Be kind.
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25/03/2020 13:31:52 34 2
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@ 12. Josh Yeah, this is too true. Absolutely everyone thinks they are doing exactly the right thing, and now everybody has enough time to tell you about it.
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25/03/2020 13:30:11 6 12
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Maybe if they only open the stores to sell repair/maintenance parts for bikes and cars, closing down the sections for bling, cleaning products and entertainment centres, it could be justified.
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25/03/2020 13:30:11 357 6
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The type of people pretending to start a boycott like this should be staying home anyway. Key workers have to keep moving and the company has taken government advice to remain partially open to support that need. Move on and find something else to target
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25/03/2020 13:29:30 1063 17
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Sadly this crisis has only added to the ubiquitous army of armchair-critics willing to spew hatred at others. Maybe your car/bike is fine, or you don't need to use it. For a dozen others it might be a critical lifeline and they need supplies. Take a minute before castigating people and try to put yourself in their shoes. Be kind.
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25/03/2020 13:31:52 34 2
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@ 12. Josh Yeah, this is too true. Absolutely everyone thinks they are doing exactly the right thing, and now everybody has enough time to tell you about it.
25/03/2020 19:07:17 8 0
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Going back to cycling in 2018 may well have saved my life.... I have lost 15 stone in weight (yes FIFTEEN) and I am no longer diabetic nor do I have high blood pressure either. I ride ~15 miles every single day - and I love it too!!!
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25/03/2020 13:26:59 6 81
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Surely a store that sells goods that facilitate people travelling around on bike or in cars, in a time when public advice is to stay at home, isn't the most essential of retailers. On the other had since garages count as an essential service, that maybe Halfords can sell garages the supplies they need. I feel like this is a bit of stretch, but not the most egregious case we've seen
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25/03/2020 13:32:12 160 2
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10 mjth and if essential workers cars or bicycles get damaged and they can no longer get into work what then? aslong as they are not allowing people to simply browse in the store then they are offering a much needed service.
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25/03/2020 13:32:12 34 7
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We COULD be a nation of bike luvvers and we should be a nation of bike lovers. The more cycle tracks,the healthier nation we are.....Holland, Germany and France realise that more than us.
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25/03/2020 13:32:32 9 146
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If you have to offer freebies to NHS staff then you know your business is not essential. Not seen any freebies from supermarkets or chemists...
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25/03/2020 13:34:33 18 2
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18. Posted byRememberScarboroughon If you have to offer freebies to NHS staff then you know your business is not essential. Not seen any freebies from supermarkets or chemists... Tesco were giving out flowers albeit because they couldn't sell them for Mothers Day.
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25/03/2020 15:03:07 8 0
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18 RememberScarborough "If you have to offer freebies to NHS staff then you know your business is not essential. Not seen any freebies from supermarkets or chemists.." One of the Prets in the City was giving NHS people all beverages free and 50% off everything else (to a max of £30.) Takeaway food is considered an essential business. Just saying. And this was ages - 6 days - ago...
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25/03/2020 13:33:43 7 29
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If HMG think that there are essential industries then they should use their emergency powers to 'nationalise' those industries, similar to the controls in wartime. Price controls can be implemented to prevent profiteering. This would be temporary & industries would revert to normality when the crisis is over. We need a single national response to this crisis & need to suspend devolution as well.
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25/03/2020 13:33:53 14 2
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What needed is Monty Pythons 'Bicycle repairman' ( or repairperson )
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25/03/2020 13:34:33 10 65
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Why put the staff at risk? Car parts and consumables are available delivered to your door for less money from car factors on the internet. . Bike parts can be ordered from other internet sources for delivery. There is no need for Halfords to open stores. They are doing a Sports Direct.
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25/03/2020 13:32:32 9 146
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If you have to offer freebies to NHS staff then you know your business is not essential. Not seen any freebies from supermarkets or chemists...
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25/03/2020 13:34:33 18 2
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18. Posted byRememberScarboroughon If you have to offer freebies to NHS staff then you know your business is not essential. Not seen any freebies from supermarkets or chemists... Tesco were giving out flowers albeit because they couldn't sell them for Mothers Day.
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25/03/2020 13:35:44 306 10
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The people calling for a boycott of a business that fixes bikes and cars are probably the same ones that went to the seaside last weekend.
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25/03/2020 14:51:51 8 0
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23. Posted by Perivale Elvis on 1 hour ago The people calling for a boycott of a business that fixes bikes and cars are probably the same ones that went to the seaside last weekend. __ Or had a communal BBQ. Absolutely no common sense in oh so many people. My car is now clean inside and out. Likely to do no more than 60 miles per month til post lockdown assuming my current shopping
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25/03/2020 13:36:04 189 12
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Moan moan moan. When did we become a nation of selfish whingers? I despair of many of my fellow Brits.
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25/03/2020 15:08:30 9 5
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24 bottles of corona should do trick,whilst watching ready steady cook
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25/03/2020 13:36:04 5 53
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There's a difference between opening your shops and being 'open'. Halfords can easily operate through an online shop. If essential workers need tyres, exhausts, etc. they can order it online. Opening stores is putting profits over people.
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25/03/2020 13:36:14 18 10
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We're still at stage where companies & people are getting away with what they can. This is a 'self-defined' version of 'essential' to suit profit concerns rather than wider concerns. Likewise, a visit to the Superstore at 6am this morning saw couples & families selfishly, openly & shamelessly shopping as coordinated teams loading trolleys up and talking strategy together less than 2m apart.
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25/03/2020 13:36:34 11 6
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"some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn"
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25/03/2020 13:37:55 39 5
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People need bikes, and somewhere to buy them. People do not need to wander around shops for something to fill their miserable empty lives, even if that's what's normal for them. Sadly they are the ones who are unable to stay at home and behave sensibly. The problem is not the shop, it's the people.
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25/03/2020 13:38:56 130 5
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Halfords is a bike retailer so allowed to remain open. They also supply AND FIT parts for cars. My car won’t be used for 12+ weeks but this isn’t about me. This is about essential workers who may need parts for their car to get to work especially if the advice is not to use public transport. I’d lend my car out for the duration but there’d be no guarantee it’d be virus free on return. Too risky.
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25/03/2020 13:39:06 66 6
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They should stay open. With a locked door policy. If you are a key worker and need a light bulb or a battery, you could go to the door and explain what you need and then it can be sorted. If you are bored and just want some car mats, or a new air freshener then it is a NO! Halfords could still do their fitting service, as long as the correct procedure is followed. it's not rocket science.
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25/03/2020 14:04:33 53 1
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30. Posted byAndyon 12 minutes ago They should stay open. With a locked door policy. --- What if you're not a key worker but have a pregnant partner you may need to get to hospital ? What if you want to have a car available in case your child gets sick (there are other diseases to choose from). My point is things are not that simple.
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25/03/2020 13:40:07 17 112
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TOTALLY IRRESPONSIBLE OF HALFORDS It will kill people. Click and collect or delivery YES People wandering around putting their hands on everything and cross contaminating. NO The government has failed to contain Covid 19 by adopting WHO recommendations of TEST CONTAIN TREAT When is this country going to face up to the fact that we are going to have to go into total lock down?
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25/03/2020 14:00:39 4 10
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31. Posted by Icepie The government has failed to contain Covid 19 by adopting WHO recommendations of TEST CONTAIN TREAT - Should that read "... by failing to adopt WHO recommendations... If so, I agree. It was also tad rich having airliners of Italians landing here, to avoid their lockdown, but hey, too late now. Chance missed and that's that, so shut up and lock the door eh?
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25/03/2020 13:41:17 8 37
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Essential for their profit line :)
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25/03/2020 13:41:27 83 7
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Amazed at how everyone likes to think they know best. No complaints about petrol stations remaining open and selling non essential tat, but Halfords are a soft target that excites some know it all keyboard warrior. Personally I would love it if one of those spouting bile saying only emergency workers should be working was unable to buy anything because their debit card stopped working.
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25/03/2020 13:41:27 14 5
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If Halfords has been listed as an Essential Provider and this is being challenged, the issuing authority should be asked first. Who has done this? Remember a lot of journos are working from home. What are their sources? Mails, social media, gossip and conjecture? This is the stuff of a chinese whispers game. Much of what is being put out is from questionable sources and unlikely to be accurate.
@34. (...) What are their sources? Mails, social media, gossip and conjecture? This is the stuff of a chinese whispers game. (...) -- You need to watch your language: you may be upsetting the PC brigade by saying "Chinese whispers". It's "Covid-19 whispers" these days... Removed
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Tom
25/03/2020 13:43:18 117 3
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Stuff like this brings out the sad people who are jealous of others and who are full of their own self importance They think essential key workers are less imprtant than them. At times like this those key workers need to keep mobile as best they can, to help the rest of us come out of the otherside of this situation as unscathed as possible! The world does not revolve around you my friends!
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25/03/2020 13:43:59 4 6
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How do you get a bicycle through one of those little tiddly serving hatches?
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25/03/2020 13:44:39 204 4
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Why is it always boycott this, boycott that? Is there really so little common sense and proportionality in this country now? Halfords are doing exactly the right thing here.
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25/03/2020 13:44:59 39 1
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Twitter and Facebook are not going to bring people together while in isolation. They are going to tear us apart.
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25/03/2020 13:46:00 7 233
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'whilst money doesn't talk - it swears' - halfrauds putting it's profits before the nation's health
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25/03/2020 13:46:40 150 3
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I can't imagine how our great grandparents got through 6 years of war, fear, shortages and human tragedy if attitudes back then were anything like they are today. I'm fairly sure people pulled together and supported each other, instead of abusing others for taking a different view. How did society end up as nasty as this? Please consider where all these spiteful comments are taking us
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25/03/2020 13:49:42 520 7
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@40 - Simple answer is social media, it allows people to be completely vitriolic with absolutely no comeback.You don't have to watch the persons face as the vile words you spew affect them, you don't have to "own" your comments under the scrutiny of your peers. It's the worst thing to happen to society in living memory in terms of our behaviour towards each other.
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25/03/2020 13:56:47 15 2
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@40 'I can't imagine how our great grandparents got through 6 years of war,... I'm fairly sure people pulled together and supported each other, instead of abusing others for taking a different view.' Well crime increased greatly in WW2, especially during the blitz. There are always people who insist on ruining things for everyone. Also there are people who bring us together.
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25/03/2020 13:41:27 14 5
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If Halfords has been listed as an Essential Provider and this is being challenged, the issuing authority should be asked first. Who has done this? Remember a lot of journos are working from home. What are their sources? Mails, social media, gossip and conjecture? This is the stuff of a chinese whispers game. Much of what is being put out is from questionable sources and unlikely to be accurate.
@34. (...) What are their sources? Mails, social media, gossip and conjecture? This is the stuff of a chinese whispers game. (...) -- You need to watch your language: you may be upsetting the PC brigade by saying "Chinese whispers". It's "Covid-19 whispers" these days... Removed
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25/03/2020 13:47:21 4 35
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I am amazed that Royal Mail are still doing daily deliveries of routine letters and magazines. Surely they could deliver first class mail and essential packets twice ia week. Mind you people are still buying"stuff" on the internet. House near me had a load of soft furnishings delivered They were shouting instructions to the driver from a first floor window. They'll probably send it back. Barking!
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25/03/2020 13:48:52 1 46
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Hope Halfords is disinfected amount of people that tough those bicycles on display They need to close..if anyone needs parts.. they should have a window counter
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25/03/2020 13:46:40 150 3
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I can't imagine how our great grandparents got through 6 years of war, fear, shortages and human tragedy if attitudes back then were anything like they are today. I'm fairly sure people pulled together and supported each other, instead of abusing others for taking a different view. How did society end up as nasty as this? Please consider where all these spiteful comments are taking us
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25/03/2020 13:49:42 520 7
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@40 - Simple answer is social media, it allows people to be completely vitriolic with absolutely no comeback.You don't have to watch the persons face as the vile words you spew affect them, you don't have to "own" your comments under the scrutiny of your peers. It's the worst thing to happen to society in living memory in terms of our behaviour towards each other.
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25/03/2020 14:03:12 1 5
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@44. yep, and you can put pressure on the BBC to close down all HYS and never open any others again. there is a complaints procedure but it will go to the moderators 1st and will probably bounce back. go beyond them - further up the CoC.
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25/03/2020 14:08:15 1 1
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@44. MattyCheam & @40 Quite so. This is why I don't do social media except for this kind of thing... yet even on the comments about Tom Brady (NFL) there's so much vitriol on there. Question has to be why? If I said something in a pub that deserved a punch in the face then those around me would explain it was necessary. And I have a couple of times. Here .. you don't get one of those. (nose).
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25/03/2020 13:25:58 678 5
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We rightly criticise business kept open after being advised to or told to close. Why are we criticising those that the government say should stay open? Halfords do repairs to cars and bicycles and they sell lights and spares for both. Quite rightly they are still open.
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25/03/2020 13:50:43 11 2
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7. Posted by Billy Goat Gruff Why are we criticising those that the government say should stay open? ... That's an easy one Billy! The govt. have had no choice but to make all movement socially unacceptable to stop people doing it. Hence the endless TV battering about it. Now some people are pathological about anybody going outside. Humans eh? Just can't mind their own business.
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25/03/2020 13:55:36 6 8
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Used to work for Halfords. So glad I now don't!
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25/03/2020 13:46:40 150 3
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I can't imagine how our great grandparents got through 6 years of war, fear, shortages and human tragedy if attitudes back then were anything like they are today. I'm fairly sure people pulled together and supported each other, instead of abusing others for taking a different view. How did society end up as nasty as this? Please consider where all these spiteful comments are taking us
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25/03/2020 13:56:47 15 2
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@40 'I can't imagine how our great grandparents got through 6 years of war,... I'm fairly sure people pulled together and supported each other, instead of abusing others for taking a different view.' Well crime increased greatly in WW2, especially during the blitz. There are always people who insist on ruining things for everyone. Also there are people who bring us together.
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25/03/2020 13:57:27 11 2
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The mix of panic, selfishness, rush to blame others and frothing outrage is a really, REALLY unattractive aspect of our society today. Is the selfie obsessed, me, me, ME approach we are teaching our children by example a factor? Anyhow if you want some balance, see https://www.britannica.com/event/Hong-Kong-flu-of-1968 and remember 20k deaths means world population rises by only 180k today.
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25/03/2020 13:40:07 17 112
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TOTALLY IRRESPONSIBLE OF HALFORDS It will kill people. Click and collect or delivery YES People wandering around putting their hands on everything and cross contaminating. NO The government has failed to contain Covid 19 by adopting WHO recommendations of TEST CONTAIN TREAT When is this country going to face up to the fact that we are going to have to go into total lock down?
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25/03/2020 14:00:39 4 10
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31. Posted by Icepie The government has failed to contain Covid 19 by adopting WHO recommendations of TEST CONTAIN TREAT - Should that read "... by failing to adopt WHO recommendations... If so, I agree. It was also tad rich having airliners of Italians landing here, to avoid their lockdown, but hey, too late now. Chance missed and that's that, so shut up and lock the door eh?
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25/03/2020 13:49:42 520 7
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@40 - Simple answer is social media, it allows people to be completely vitriolic with absolutely no comeback.You don't have to watch the persons face as the vile words you spew affect them, you don't have to "own" your comments under the scrutiny of your peers. It's the worst thing to happen to society in living memory in terms of our behaviour towards each other.
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25/03/2020 14:03:12 1 5
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@44. yep, and you can put pressure on the BBC to close down all HYS and never open any others again. there is a complaints procedure but it will go to the moderators 1st and will probably bounce back. go beyond them - further up the CoC.
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25/03/2020 13:39:06 66 6
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They should stay open. With a locked door policy. If you are a key worker and need a light bulb or a battery, you could go to the door and explain what you need and then it can be sorted. If you are bored and just want some car mats, or a new air freshener then it is a NO! Halfords could still do their fitting service, as long as the correct procedure is followed. it's not rocket science.
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25/03/2020 14:04:33 53 1
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30. Posted byAndyon 12 minutes ago They should stay open. With a locked door policy. --- What if you're not a key worker but have a pregnant partner you may need to get to hospital ? What if you want to have a car available in case your child gets sick (there are other diseases to choose from). My point is things are not that simple.
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25/03/2020 14:04:33 7 18
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I guess the Halfords supporters would change their minds if their daughter telephoned them in tears saying they had just been instructed they must return to work in 48 hours, just 12 hours after being told to lock the shop up. They’ve been given no PPE or sanitiser. She is genuinely frightened for her health. People just wandering round the store, coughing, sneezing and then buying nothing!
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25/03/2020 14:11:16 10 6
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52. worried dad People just wandering round the store, coughing, sneezing and then buying nothing! ===== Staff at door should enquire the reason of visit prior to access of customer. Government has instructed people NOT to be out and about UNLESS it is NECESSARY. Browsing a store is NOT necessary and can be done online. Get her manager into the picture discuss health & safety.
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25/03/2020 13:56:33 7 135
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Halfords retail stores should not be open. They are incapable of providing any service on cars or bicycles at this time. The autocentres could provide this service quite easily. Not to mention the mobile fitting service. But instead they’re selling screenwash. And what they’ve done to staff? Unforgivable.
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25/03/2020 14:16:50 175 6
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53. GaryJohnsons But instead they’re selling screenwash. ====== If I am correct, screenwash is a vital component of keeping a windscreen clear so that people on a zebra crossing are visible. If the windscreen washer system is defective, the car would fail an MOT / NOT BE ROADWORTHY. It is important that you keep your vehicle roadworthy and in good working order.
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25/03/2020 14:00:33 10 4
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Just google Domestic Crime WW2 and you'll see nothing has changed and we are still the same people
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25/03/2020 14:07:04 12 3
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Coronavirus: Halfords has ‘essential role to play’ ========= Absolutely correct... GOT to keep those wheels a-turning. Not more than 1 or 2 on a bicycle. (isolation rules obeyed) Single or tandem bicycle - good practice. NO BBQ's 20+ extended family gathering. Keeping fit. Less traffic on road to injure maim etc. Drivers indoors obeying isolation rules not polluting the planet.
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25/03/2020 14:07:34 21 1
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Good for Halfords. People need to get out on bikes if public transport isn't a viable option. The Government have declared them an 'Essential' service so why wouldn't they open for business and provide much needed products to the public?
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25/03/2020 13:49:42 520 7
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@40 - Simple answer is social media, it allows people to be completely vitriolic with absolutely no comeback.You don't have to watch the persons face as the vile words you spew affect them, you don't have to "own" your comments under the scrutiny of your peers. It's the worst thing to happen to society in living memory in terms of our behaviour towards each other.
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25/03/2020 14:08:15 1 1
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@44. MattyCheam & @40 Quite so. This is why I don't do social media except for this kind of thing... yet even on the comments about Tom Brady (NFL) there's so much vitriol on there. Question has to be why? If I said something in a pub that deserved a punch in the face then those around me would explain it was necessary. And I have a couple of times. Here .. you don't get one of those. (nose).
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25/03/2020 14:04:33 7 18
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I guess the Halfords supporters would change their minds if their daughter telephoned them in tears saying they had just been instructed they must return to work in 48 hours, just 12 hours after being told to lock the shop up. They’ve been given no PPE or sanitiser. She is genuinely frightened for her health. People just wandering round the store, coughing, sneezing and then buying nothing!
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25/03/2020 14:11:16 10 6
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52. worried dad People just wandering round the store, coughing, sneezing and then buying nothing! ===== Staff at door should enquire the reason of visit prior to access of customer. Government has instructed people NOT to be out and about UNLESS it is NECESSARY. Browsing a store is NOT necessary and can be done online. Get her manager into the picture discuss health & safety.
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25/03/2020 14:29:27 10 1
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@58. As I understand people cannot enter the store and wonder around it. Halfords are placing staff at the door to get products for customers.
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25/03/2020 13:56:33 7 135
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Halfords retail stores should not be open. They are incapable of providing any service on cars or bicycles at this time. The autocentres could provide this service quite easily. Not to mention the mobile fitting service. But instead they’re selling screenwash. And what they’ve done to staff? Unforgivable.
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25/03/2020 14:16:50 175 6
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53. GaryJohnsons But instead they’re selling screenwash. ====== If I am correct, screenwash is a vital component of keeping a windscreen clear so that people on a zebra crossing are visible. If the windscreen washer system is defective, the car would fail an MOT / NOT BE ROADWORTHY. It is important that you keep your vehicle roadworthy and in good working order.
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CEP
25/03/2020 14:21:02 39 1
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As a school we have to stay open and we have staff cycling in rather than risk public transportation so if they develop problems with their bike they need a bicycle shop to be open ... how would us that drive cars react if petrol stations & garages were considered non-essential? I do agree that browsing is non-essential and should be discouraged at this time.
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25/03/2020 14:21:53 22 216
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Shout out to all the public sector workers like me and my wife who are sat in the house with our feet up on FULL PAY.
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25/03/2020 14:35:41 19 3
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61. Posted byfellaredon '...Shout out to all the public sector workers like me and my wife who are sat in the house with our feet up on FULL PAY...'. It's saving lives, so good for you and your wife ! Thankyou.
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Dcf
25/03/2020 14:35:02 12 1
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61. Posted byfellaredon 6 minutes ago Shout out to all the public sector workers like me and my wife who are sat in the house with our feet up on FULL PAY. ----- Well, I happen to be self employed and also sat in the house with my feet up, as is my wife and twenty year old son. However, we can afford to do this indefinitely, whereas you'll have to go back to work. Have fun.
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25/03/2020 14:37:04 17 1
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#61. fellared lets hope your don'y have to rely on public servants to keep you alive, empty your bins, take you to hospital, care for the elderly etc etc. You obviously have a beef with them but carry on with your agenda in the full knowledge that people who you despise are the most important in society (they always have been).
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Amy
25/03/2020 14:46:27 58 2
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61.fellaredon Shout out to all the public sector workers like me and my wife who are sat in the house with our feet up on FULL PAY # Ugh ... You do know it's the public servants who are out right now risking their lives to keep hospitals running and support vulnerable people? If you actually worked in the public sector maybe you'd have a clue how valuable those guys are.
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25/03/2020 14:51:30 40 1
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61. Posted by fellared Shout out to all the public sector workers like me and my wife who are sat in the house with our feet up on FULL PAY. ## Please don't engage in any further reproduction.
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25/03/2020 14:53:21 49 0
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61 fellared states "Shout out to all the public sector workers like me and my wife who are sat in the house with our feet up on FULL PAY" True, some PB sector workers will be at home on full pay, but most are working their socks off, and many non-PB workers (like me) are in real trouble. Whether or not you are a PB worker, winding people up in this situation is unpleasant.
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25/03/2020 14:54:52 14 12
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61. Posted by fellared Shout out to all the public sector workers like me and my wife who are sat in the house with our feet up on FULL PAY. ************************************************ Business as usual for the Public Sector then?
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61. Posted by fellared on 32 minutes ago Shout out to all the public sector workers like me and my wife who are sat in the house with our feet up on FULL PAY. --- You're supposed to be working, just from home rather than in the office, so get on with it. I'm working from home, as it happens on business continuity plans around the implications of COVID-19.
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25/03/2020 14:24:34 119 1
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As I understand it Halfords Autocentres have contracts with utility companies to keep their vehicles roadworthy. Shut these centres and the vehicles are not maintained. Those driving these vehicles then refuse to use them. Impact - don't expect them to turn up when you report a problem. And as for the individual who suggested buying exhausts and tyres on-line, who is going to fit them?
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25/03/2020 14:25:55 23 41
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Off-licences are only “essential” to alcoholics.
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63. Posted by View from the White Rose County Off-licences are only “essential” to alcoholics. So you agree they are essential then. Or are you with the "I don't drive so Halfords isn't essential" brigade?
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25/03/2020 14:26:05 11 127
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At least these jokers in UK Gov have a sense of humour. Nice one. Still, Corona Con, I just don't buy it.!!
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25/03/2020 14:36:41 5 0
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@64bbcid001 "Still, Corona Con, I just don't buy it.!! " But you can buy Corona beer at Lidl's.
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25/03/2020 14:27:26 17 2
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Thank heavens. There’s been a run on Titanic’s plum porter and the wine society closed its cellars. Beers, craft ales & wines will see us through.
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25/03/2020 14:28:06 24 29
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Off-licences are NOT “essential” For god sake
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25/03/2020 14:29:27 7 20
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Surely it's essential to close off-licences so that drunks don't overload the NHS. Also, extending the MoT will put many MoT garages out of business and there will be nowhere to MoT your car in six months' time.
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25/03/2020 14:31:49 7 0
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67 Also, extending the MoT will put many MoT garages out of business and there will be nowhere to MoT your car in six months' time. **** trustworthy garages will not suffer. it might stop some of the others making up that long list of urgent jobs” that need doing on the car...
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25/03/2020 14:11:16 10 6
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52. worried dad People just wandering round the store, coughing, sneezing and then buying nothing! ===== Staff at door should enquire the reason of visit prior to access of customer. Government has instructed people NOT to be out and about UNLESS it is NECESSARY. Browsing a store is NOT necessary and can be done online. Get her manager into the picture discuss health & safety.
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25/03/2020 14:29:27 10 1
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@58. As I understand people cannot enter the store and wonder around it. Halfords are placing staff at the door to get products for customers.
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25/03/2020 14:29:37 20 0
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Went to Halfords on 20th March all the staff had gloves on and were regularly disinfecting, this was before the restrictions brought in on Monday
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25/03/2020 14:29:47 28 2
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You can still buy alcoholic products from supermarkets.
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25/03/2020 14:31:28 13 24
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How very British. Have time off and what's the priority...get pissed. Divorce rates will go up to. A dysfunctional society.
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25/03/2020 14:31:38 69 4
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There's not much else to do while isolating, so "Eat, Drink, and be merry" Best get those maternity wards fully staffed at Christmas.
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25/03/2020 15:17:15 46 1
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72. Bill Walker "Best get those maternity wards fully staffed at Christmas." _ No risk for me. We're married.
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25/03/2020 14:29:27 7 20
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Surely it's essential to close off-licences so that drunks don't overload the NHS. Also, extending the MoT will put many MoT garages out of business and there will be nowhere to MoT your car in six months' time.
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67 Also, extending the MoT will put many MoT garages out of business and there will be nowhere to MoT your car in six months' time. **** trustworthy garages will not suffer. it might stop some of the others making up that long list of urgent jobs” that need doing on the car...
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25/03/2020 14:32:09 9 17
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I've not been inside one in 30 years, they can't be that essential.
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25/03/2020 14:32:09 8 7
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Anyone would think this government isn't taking this seriously....
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25/03/2020 14:32:19 3 4
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# ill informed bandwagon jumpers There must be enough proper news around with the press giving credence to the ill informed just because they are on TWITter. You'll be quoting Lily Allen next....... But, is there any connection between parliament and it's free bars closing and off licences becoming essential?
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25/03/2020 14:32:29 8 12
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Time to re-open our pubs as off licences then?
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25/03/2020 14:32:29 21 2
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As Long as everyone can drink as much as they can at home and get smashed then everything will be OK.
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25/03/2020 14:32:39 19 2
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Oh chill people....
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25/03/2020 14:32:39 14 1
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I do like that picture - a respectful middle-aged man deciding whether to go with the Malbec or the Merlot. Yes, I’m sure that’s what it will be like up and down the country. I’m also sure the police won’t be massively busy breaking up illegal outdoor booze parties attended by SELFISH FOOLS who can’t stay at home in order to save lives.
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25/03/2020 14:32:49 2 4
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Really?
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25/03/2020 14:32:49 1 4
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Well done, nany knows better.
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25/03/2020 14:33:09 5 4
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Why this type of business!!
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25/03/2020 14:33:19 6 37
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FOOD PRICES SOAR The debt that companies are taking on can only be payed for one way, by price hikes. Your pound will by less. Living in fear does not protect you. The country has to start moving again and soon, or the economic recession will kill more people. This year more people have died of influenza than CV, so some balance of perspective has to be found.
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25/03/2020 14:38:43 4 2
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84 - is that you Donald?
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25/03/2020 14:34:10 7 8
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I wonder if Halfords are guaranteeing to provide hand sanitizers and face masks for all the staff it is forcing to return to work - which seems like the least they should do. How are people going to feel about the limited PPE supplies for the NHS having to be shared with companies staying open to protect their share dividends and executive bonuses?
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25/03/2020 14:34:20 57 3
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DRINK !!!
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25/03/2020 14:34:30 7 19
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Can’t see why off licenses are to be left open don’t think that unless your an alcoholic you need it to live - perhaps instead they could be paid by state to deliver food or work in warehouses etc
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25/03/2020 14:34:30 25 1
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#BoycottHalfords Yup.... people are idiots. I assume the followers of this travel everywhere by bandwagon.
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25/03/2020 14:34:40 16 25
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Alcohol is not a necessity. Water is. Close the off licences. It will help the NHS by reducing alcohol related admissions.
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25/03/2020 14:43:05 13 1
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@89 Fair Play So my "older" neighbours pruning mature trees today - if a pro you'd have to have hard hat, goggle/visor, gloves/gauntlets, harnesses, ladders tied and footed them none of it - so would you propose banning people from gardening to stop gardening related injuries? Thats the problem, one persons essential is not yours, one persons have to do is not yours etc
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25/03/2020 14:21:53 22 216
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Shout out to all the public sector workers like me and my wife who are sat in the house with our feet up on FULL PAY.
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25/03/2020 14:35:41 19 3
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61. Posted byfellaredon '...Shout out to all the public sector workers like me and my wife who are sat in the house with our feet up on FULL PAY...'. It's saving lives, so good for you and your wife ! Thankyou.
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25/03/2020 15:37:58 12 3
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90. RonnieP Or as usual, will it be all swept under the carpet, when the actual number of deaths turns out to be tiny (less than 20000). --- 20,000 would be the same dead as day 1 of the Somme, 8x the death toll of 9/11 or approx the same as 50% of the UK Blitz casualties. I guess its only "tiny" if you don't know (or aren't yourself) one of the 20,000.
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25/03/2020 14:35:41 6 0
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Just something else for people to moan about
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25/03/2020 14:36:31 7 1
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Working from home with my budgie, Gary - and not touched a drop yet today :)
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25/03/2020 14:26:05 11 127
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At least these jokers in UK Gov have a sense of humour. Nice one. Still, Corona Con, I just don't buy it.!!
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25/03/2020 14:36:41 5 0
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@64bbcid001 "Still, Corona Con, I just don't buy it.!! " But you can buy Corona beer at Lidl's.
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25/03/2020 14:21:53 22 216
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Shout out to all the public sector workers like me and my wife who are sat in the house with our feet up on FULL PAY.
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25/03/2020 14:35:02 12 1
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61. Posted byfellaredon 6 minutes ago Shout out to all the public sector workers like me and my wife who are sat in the house with our feet up on FULL PAY. ----- Well, I happen to be self employed and also sat in the house with my feet up, as is my wife and twenty year old son. However, we can afford to do this indefinitely, whereas you'll have to go back to work. Have fun.
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25/03/2020 14:37:02 31 8
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Why are people so negative about this move? I think it is a very shrewd one, whether you like it or not we are a nation of drinkers and people will genuinely be more tolerant of the situation if they can have a glass or two. It buys more time before potential social unrest begins
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25/03/2020 14:44:36 75 6
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95. Posted bypete '...Why are people so negative about this move?...' I think some people are only happy when they've got something to be miserable or negative about. I was a massive critic of Boris Johnson and Brexit (I think we should have stayed in the EU,) but I'm fully behind everything he's done so far. Maybe some mistakes as we go along, but that is part of being a human.
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25/03/2020 14:37:22 8 11
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Ridiculous, end of)...
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25/03/2020 14:38:02 17 1
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Of course they would be. They sell the national drug of choice. Alcohol.
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25/03/2020 14:38:22 10 0
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The corner shop which is usually an off licence as well was the only place I could find hand sanitiser, skimmed milk and of course decent beer. Tescos you stand in a queue outside the shop while a plastic policeman tells all these people to stand 2 meters apart. Then they are still missing loads of goods in store.
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25/03/2020 14:38:43 42 4
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Re-opening off-licences - my head says no, but my heart says yes.
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25/03/2020 14:38:43 12 25
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You can't survive not getting pissed for 3 weeks? You are in a bad way - indeed this should be a wake up call to you.
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25/03/2020 14:43:05 21 3
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100. Posted by James 3 minutes ago You can't survive not getting pissed for 3 weeks? --- It is going to be more 3 weeks, James. If we are lucky it will be 2 months.
25/03/2020 21:29:11 14 0
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100. Posted byJames "You can't survive not getting pissed for 3 weeks?" How many of us think the lockdown will be relaxed after 3 weeks????