A shopper who pushed his shopping trolley the entire distance of the M25 around the aisles of his local Tesco - sometimes in the wrong direction - is recovering in hospital.
Albert Bunn (52), who had been sent to the supermarket for the first time by his granddaughter, apparently lost all sense of time and direction and spent all day travelling around the aisles with his trolley, unable to find an exit.
'We realised that something was seriously wrong,' said checkout girl Liz Brent, 'when we kept seeing the same face flying past us. Eventually, security had to step in because the man had a Kilimanjaro of shopping in his trolley and anyways we close at midnight. Honestly, it would have taken me hours getting all that lot through my tills.'
Doctors say Mr Bunn probably became disorientated when his shopping trolley unexpectedly veered to the left at the junction of Ready Meals and Bread and Cakes.
'From then on he was lost,' said orientationist psychologist Dr James Morrison.'He would just keep on going round and round in circles, oblivious to other aisle users, or even to the Buy-One-Get-One-Free offer next to Tesco's Finest.'
Daisy Smith (67) said she had to swerve to avoid a collision with Mr Bunn at the corner of Frozen Foods and Household Accessories.
'For a start he was in the wrong lane and going in the wrong direction and his eyes seemed all glazed over,' she said. 'Then I realised he'd just come out of Wines and Spirits.'
Store manager Bill Smith said that when shoppers picked up a shopping trolley they sometimes didn't realise they were taking charge of a potentially lethal machine.
'Fortunately, in this case there were no fatalities except for the rather fine display of Special Offers at the entrance to Fresh Meat,' he said, 'and the bruised foot of some shelf stacker or other Mr Bunn unfortunately ran over just as you approach Breakfast Cereals.'
He added that 'in a way' he wished all Tesco's customers spent as long as Mr Bunn in the store.
Julie said that although she 'feels' for her grandfather and his ordeal, she also points out that at least they now have all the shopping done for the rest of the year.
Mr Bunn said he hadn't been put off supermarket shopping - but next time he'd make sure he'd attached to his shopping trolley a reliable SatNav.