British Telecom have revealed a surge in phone calls cancelling Easter visits to in-laws, The calls are believed to be linked to fears of a petrol strike giving the ideal opportunity to wriggle out of bank holiday commitments. As Rob Hall of Derby said in an emotional call to his father–in-law last night: “it’s such a shame, we were so looking forward to seeing you. First we were set to spend Xmas at yours until that nasty flu bug meant we had to give it a miss and spend Xmas at home quietly, and now the strike ballot has scuppered this trip. I’m really sorry, gutted, maybe Whitsun?”
It’s not all one way traffic with concerned families also having to put visits from in-laws off. “Everyone knows that it takes twice as much effort for in-laws to do the visiting. Not knowing where fifth gear is will really chew up that fuel. Best they stay put” said Mr Hall in a charged bedtime chat with his wife.
Additionally, public worries are fuelling a surge in cancellation of intended visits to DIY outlets and garden centres. Speaking from the head of a petrol queue, Northampton based Tim Davey said “My wife was really keen to go to B&Q on Easter Saturday to look at bathrooms, but that 10 mile round trip might use a good third, maybe half, a tank of fuel. It’s just not worth the risk. To be honest, being in the queue isn’t so bad. I’ve been able to nip across to Tesco and stock up on the essentials I need; charcoal, lighter fuel and Carlsberg mainly. I reckon we can hunker down and see this one through.”