Around 300 people became stuck in their local supermarket yesterday after a massive display of Christmas biscuits and confectionery was erected in the entrance foyer while they were shopping. The installation of seasonal items in the middle of several aisles of Morrison’s in Yeovil had already slowed shoppers’ progress through the establishment to a crawl but the new spectacle blocked everyone in completely. By the time they were rescued by the emergency services, many customers claimed to have been traumatised by the experience of being forced to listen to piped Christmas music for several hours in November.
One disgruntled shopper Mrs Helen Morley said, “I fought my way into the shop past the cheese footballs special offer, just managed to get round the mountains of Christmas puddings and then the display of dates and nuts but then I came to a complete standstill by the hot deli near a vast newly-erected array of biscuits for cheese. It was crackers.”
There were further hold-ups in the homeware aisle due to a huge pile of electric blankets, in the crisps and snacks aisle due to drums of twiglets, and in the alcohol section due to Rudolph and Rosy Nosey, as two of the local tramps are known. But the customers that managed to get through the shop and past the checkout found that their exit was blocked by a new display in the foyer comprising biscuit assortments and tins of sweets artistically erected in the form of Santa’s sleigh.
The shoppers’ frustration and anger threatened to boil over when store manager Darrren Wedge tried to add some Christmas cheer to the tannoy announcements explaining that Emergency Services were on their way. After announcing that he was happy because nothing was getting stollen, he made things worse by suggesting that shoppers should feel part of Morrisons' Family Circle and that they should greet their rescuers as Heroes.