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Poundland to move in to Woolworths

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Poundland Ipswich is set to relocate to the former Woolworths store. As the store they are moving in is much larger its probable that many more jobs will be created…

Get writing your speculative letters to:

Poundland
44 Carr Street
Ipswich
IP4 1EW

(01473) 232 497

This is the current store contract details – sending to the Woolworths store is risky as they might not receive it.

Not job of the century… but its a job.

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Written by Universal Jobmatch

August 13, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Posted in Ipswich

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  1. I would like to apply.

    I enclose Video of my ain self.

    Dinnae fash yerself- I’ll get the job!

    Fat Bastard

    August 13, 2010 at 3:54 pm

  2. “sending to the Woolworths store is risky as they might not receive it” Yeah, didn’t something like happen to Woolworths, tried to take an hair-dryer back last week 😦

    Amnesia

    August 13, 2010 at 4:02 pm

  3. Word on the street is they sell porno films in the Great Yarmouth Poundland.

    Great Yarmouth is a class act.

    Huggy Bear

    August 13, 2010 at 8:08 pm

  4. Poundland:

    * National Minimum Wage
    * Poorly treated staff
    * High staff turnover
    * “Everythings £1” when some items cost more than £1
    * Dead end job

    But it is a stepping stone. Only minimum wage but pays the bills…

    Flexible New Deal

    August 13, 2010 at 9:12 pm

  5. a loty of people are happy to work there mate – i’m guessing you dont actually know anyone who does – you Sir, are a joke…

    abu

    August 14, 2010 at 9:11 am

    • Hey abu, bigmouth. If you wanna come around this manor you betta learn some manners and show some respect.

      Scarface

      August 14, 2010 at 10:24 am

    • No I dont. I obviously dont know any work colleagues when I worked there.

      Whats more, (if you not worked it out by now) I worked there myself!

      Of course perhaps I am being biased… lets work it out…

      1. I give everyone in Ipswich area (who uses internet and views this site) heads up about a possible job opportunity…

      2. There is a huge turnover of staff… that is people regularly leave… if there is job satisfaction people wouldnt leave. They cant be that happy then.

      3. All colleagues I spoke to during my time were low morale and hated the place – this said like typical retail environment they enjoyed working with the people around them. They even commented how the management was so bad that they used to clock in to start work in the warehouse, go to college for the morning, then go back without staff being any wiser. Of course, common instinct is this being absolute bullshit until management confirmed it. It was only 4 people doing it on rotation (morning/afternoon) but for such a small shop you’d think they would be able to keep track on which staff are in the building or not.

      4. From my own experience it was shit. Poor management etc. For Management Discounts (thats half price items… 50p) you had to call over a manager (yes not even a supervisor allowed to do them) to authorise it… now if you been in there you know that there are loads of people in queue trying to buy stuff. Also note, that all checkout staff have the ability to do the discount i.e. you didnt need a key or higher permissions to undertake it.

      5. If someone is suspected of stealing an item… (or should I say has either opened up an item or took it without intention to pay.. not left the shop yet) all staff are ordered to block the entrance… its not about value as pound shops attract many thieves… ( 1000 x £1 vs 1 x £1000) customers are now unable to enter the store or leave during this process… it causes panic, if you are helping a customer you have to abruptly end the conversation… and I have concerns whether its even legit to seal off the sole fire exit to the store (others exist for staff in staff only areas) while a person who is suspected of being a thief because they look “suspicious” isn’t making an exit

      6. Positive stuff… its only NMW but its a job… people you work with are normally all fine, you dont get any perks apart from life insurance (worldwide coverage as long as you are working there) which I guess it just incase you are stabbed by a thief trying to escape the store.

      7. I worked there! My won experience and the people I worked with. The joke is on you.

      So lets recap:

      “National Minimum Wage”: Its retail, anyone can do it… its a job, no problem.
      “Poorly treated staff” and “High staff turnover”: Its the environment where your supervisor is always on your back. When you have the trolleys out etc. to undertake their policies you are reponsible for everything. So say a customer walked into one… supervisor would say it was your fault and say the customer would sue YOU… not the store with its common every day routines as approved and delegated from management. No incentives whatsoever. I dont recall the team I was apart of ever getting any appreciation for working (yes its our job granted not volunteering)… Place is absolutely filthy. No training or progression opportunities.
      “Everythings £1 when some items cost more than £1”: Yeah, no one tells you anything you just start on shop floor, so when some gentleman approached me asking how much something was….. considering a huge sign on the front of the shop says… and every shelf in the shop says it a few times…. “Yes! Everythings £1!” (or similar) simple polite customer service, full confidence… told him it is £1…. he later came back to moan at me… “It was £5!!” no price on the item and clearly says everything is £1.
      “Dead end job”: it is a stepping stone, thats all… better than no job… 6 months maximum.

      Of course, moving into a bigger store, probably new management too… its an opportunity for someone looking for retail work or a job in general.

      Flexible New Deal

      August 14, 2010 at 11:03 am

      • I thought to be guilty in law of shoplifting, the customer had to actually leave the shop with the item.

        Old Timer

        August 14, 2010 at 1:10 pm

      • Well, yes to shop lift you have to leave the shop. I dont think there is anything specific to intent as in some countries.

        In Germany I think it is – you can pick up an item and walk out with it as long as the item is clearly shown and that the person hasn’t made any attempt to hide it. I am sure that it becomes theft if you leave and not return (i.e. if a police officer caught you a mile away then you could be prosecuted, whereas if you leave the shop then go back to pay for it or steal it but decide to return it then you cant be prosecuted for it).

        Flexible New Deal

        August 14, 2010 at 2:15 pm

      • Yes, unless the item is “concealed” it can be difficult to prove that there is no intent to pay. For instance, you may want to see what a cashmere sweater looks like in natural daylight, ask your gran if she would like a particular plasma TV for her birthday. The UK appears to be more anal in this respect then a lot of countries (save for the USA where they search customers on the way out). So, in short it really hinges on if there was “no intent to pay”, but alas like almost all Criminal Prosecutions, the defendant is stupid enough to “confess”.

        Kavanagh QC

        August 14, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    • lol In the shop where I work if we suspect a shoplifter… we lock the door 🙂 health & safety lol 🙂

      Anjam

      August 14, 2010 at 11:16 am

      • Who is Poundland owned by? They deserve to be named and shamed!

        Funny A4e Photos

        August 14, 2010 at 12:58 pm

      • Well Advent International acquired them in 2002 and earlier this year they sold it to Warburg Pincus (equity firm) for £200 million.

        Flexible New Deal

        August 14, 2010 at 1:55 pm

      • Approx £8.6m pre-tax profit and around £500m turnover.

        Flexible New Deal

        August 17, 2010 at 10:56 am

    • Old Timer, yes a shoplifter has to have “evaded all opportunities to pay”, so effectively left the shop. That’s why store detective/security guards always lurk outside the shop. Security guards/store detectives have no more rights than a MOP (member of the public). i.e they can only make a Citizen’s Arrest if they have actually SEEN a crime being committed. They have NO powers of detention (bar a passing interfering copper), cannot touch you in anyway whatsoever (this is ASSAULT), CANNOT order you empty your pockets or search your property. In a way, they act like TV Licence Inspectors (and even the Police as they act as if the have more powers than they actually do). You have may observed that a lot of people have cotton on – witness how many times you see “shoplifters” being “let go” outside shops.

      Disclaimer: This comment should not be treated as authoritative Legal Advice. Always seek independent Legal Advice.

      Kavanagh QC

      August 14, 2010 at 1:43 pm

      • My understanding of the law is it varies depending on the circumstances…

        For petrol stations and self-service machines in shops… any person (staff, customer etc.) may detain by citizen arrest the person who attempts to steal. This got revoked however in 2005.

        As for shops… you are right, if they touch you when no offence has been committed it is an assault. If they have suspicion you stole they can only follow you to outside the shop then detain you then… it no longer is an assault unless they apply unreasonable force… such as rugby tackle you, push you over, etc. (a lot of security do this but the complaint you would make of assault is in addition – i.e. if they assault you, you dont get away with theft)

        They cannot lawfully search you without you being officially arrested by the police. They can however ask or attempt to search you with your acceptance of such being “mens rea” i.e. instead of them searching you, you appearing to admit to the offence and showing them the goods. Abuse of procedure but the most you can do is file an assault claim… after you had been detained outside the shop you will still be prosecuted for theft.

        I also think for genuine cases, if someone leaves without paying due to mental disability they cannot be prosecuted for theft although likely to be detained with the goods returned. A store could push for further action but the police and/or courts are likely to result in no further action.

        Flexible New Deal

        August 14, 2010 at 2:38 pm

      • Yes, security guards/store detectives will assault you (if they think that they will get away with it). There is the Letter of the Law and they way that they Law is actually applied. So in the Real World, Police collusion with shop staff means that in effect you would end up being prosecuted for “shoplifting” whereas nothing would result from your allegations of “assault”.

        Kavanagh QC

        August 14, 2010 at 2:47 pm

      • Saying that (a lot) of them will still be wary of “over-stepping the mark” and the possibility of losing their job and landing with a Criminal Record.

        Kavanagh QC

        August 14, 2010 at 2:49 pm

      • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1313952/Shoplifter-begged-mercy-guard-choked-death-35-perfume.html

        Shoplifter begged for mercy as guard ‘choked him to death over a £35 bottle of perfume’

        A shopping centre security guard killed a shoplifter trying to stop him escaping with a bottle of perfume, a court heard yesterday.

        Aaron Bishop, 23, turned blue and pleaded ‘please help me’ as he was choked by Sam Bawden, 25, according to witnesses.

        Horrified shoppers begged him to let go of Mr Bishop, a former Guardsman at Windsor Castle, who joined the Welsh Guards at 17 and served in Belize, Iraq, Northern Ireland and Sierra Leone.

        Four security guards tried to restrain him after he took the bottle of Joop! from the Debenhams store at the busy Quadrant Shopping Centre in Swansea.

        Prosecutor Patrick Harrington QC said; ‘Mr Bishop was seen on CCTV to steal a bottle of Joop! perfume.

        It was priced at £35 but the cost proved very high indeed.

        ‘Security staff gave chase while Aaron Bishop ran away. He was caught and brought to the floor.

        ‘Mr Bishop put up a struggle – he was a young man and quite powerful. He was kept on the floor by four security guards.

        ‘One of them was Sam Bawden who used wholly inappropriate, excessive and unlawful means of restraint. He held him around the throat and continued despite members of the public screaming at him to stop. It was clear that Mr Bishop was in serious distress.

        ‘But Bawden maintained a firm grip around the throat and when police arrived, Mr Bishop was dead.’

        One witness told the court: ‘The man on the floor was desperate and begging to be let go.

        ‘His face had turned blue and he was frothing at the mouth.

        ‘He was gasping and saying: “Please help me.” I asked the man to stop, saying he couldn’t breathe.

        ‘But his response was: “He can breathe because he is talking”.’

        Mr Harrington said: ‘Mr Bishop was in the last moments of his life, pleading to be let go.

        ‘This was all over a bottle of perfume and the culprit could easily have been identified.

        ‘It would not have mattered if he had got away. He could easily have been caught later.’

        The court heard Mr Bishop was held for ten minutes and only released when police arrived to handcuff his still body. An officer tried to resuscitate him but he was dead.

        The court heard Mr Bishop was ‘looking forward to going to Iraq’ but broke his arm playing football just weeks before he was due to go.

        He also took part in the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London and stood guard at Windsor Castle.

        The court heard he was discharged after ‘going off the rails’.

        Mr Bishop, of Plasmarl, Swansea, had a string of jobs as a civilian but had been unemployed at the time of his death.

        Bawden, of Neath, South Wales, denies manslaughter in July last year. He was employed by Professional Security Management, which was contracted to cover the shopping centre.

        The case continues at Swansea Crown Court.

        Daily Heil

        September 22, 2010 at 1:12 pm

      • WTF?! How can that be manslaughter?

        It was MURDER. He wanted this man dead and ignored his plea to stop.

        What I want to know is…

        WHAT THE FUCK WAS THE OTHER 3 SECURITY GUARDS DOING WHILE THIS PERSON (who was a criminal by stealing perfume) WAS BEING MURDERED?!

        Their lack of action (surely 3 people can take on one?) makes it JOINT ENTERPRISE. They were clearly together in a group and were part of holding this man for police to arrive.

        Flexible New Deal

        September 22, 2010 at 1:47 pm

      • I also want to know whether he was claiming jobseekers allowance or that he had to steal because he was denied it (or sanctioned).

        Flexible New Deal

        September 22, 2010 at 1:51 pm

      • Murder – pure and simple!

        This poor guy was strangled, cos 10 – 15 minutes is about the going rate to kill someone. Ask any mass murderer or hangman.

        What I don’t understand is why MOPs (members of the public) just stood around, what good is shouting and screaming going to do. They should have waded in and beat the shit out of them *security guards*.

        I was wondering too, if his JSA had been sanctioned, just a minor point missed out!

        And, we don’t want to get *conditioned* into thinking that killing shoplifters is *normal*; maybe they are expecting an increase in shoplifting in the near future.

        I bet that “£35” bottle of Joops! perfume cost Debenhams 35 PENCE max.

        Sad way for a young guy who has risked his life to go.

        The Boston Strangler

        September 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm

      • Minor point it was perfume and not food. Obviously a present.

        The Boston Strangler

        September 22, 2010 at 2:15 pm

      • Debenhams should be PUNISHED as well for this. A BOYCOTT of their stores is in order, assuming anyone shops there is the first place.

        The Boston Strangler

        September 22, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    • Security guard ‘unlawfully killed Swansea shoplifter’

      A shoplifter died after he was restrained by a security guard who grasped him tightly around the throat for 10 minutes, a jury has heard.

      Sam Joshua Bawden denies unlawfully killing Aaron Bishop at the Quadrant centre in Swansea in July 2009.

      The prosecution at Swansea Crown Court says Mr Bishop, 22, a former soldier, was held by five security guards on a gantry leading to a car park.

      It is alleged Mr Bawden, 25, used “excessive means”. The case continues.

      Patrick Harrington QC told the court Mr Bishop had shoplifted a £35 bottle of Joop perfume from the centre’s Debenhams store.

      “The cost proved very high indeed,” said the barrister.

      Five security guards restrained him on a gantry leading to the shopping centre’s car park, including Mr Bawden.

      Mr Harrington said he “used wholly inappropriate and we submit excessive means to restrain Mr Bishop.”

      He told the jury Mr Bawden had grasped Mr Bishop tightly round the throat for a period of 10 minutes.

      “At all times it was this defendant who was at the top end of the deceased, by which I mean head, shoulders and throat.”

      Mr Harrington said Mr Bawden was urged by passers-by to let go of Mr Bishop.

      ‘Choke hold’

      They variously described him putting Mr Bishop in a “headlock” or “choke hold”, saying his face was turning blue and purple, and was covered in sweat.

      By the time Mr Bawden released him, he was dead, the court heard.

      Mr Bishop had joined the Welsh Guards in 2003, and in 2004 he had been due to serve in Iraq but a broken arm prevented that. Mr Harrington said after that “he went off the rails.”

      He got in trouble in his Army and civilian life, and he was discharged in 2005.

      Sam Joshua Bawden, known to his friends as Josh, was employed by a company called Professional Security Management.

      He is also an accredited door supervisor working at a nightclub in the city centre.

      The trial continues.

      BBC News

      September 22, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-11383513

      Security guard ‘unlawfully killed Swansea shoplifter’

      A shoplifter died after he was restrained by a security guard who grasped him tightly around the throat for 10 minutes, a jury has heard.

      Sam Joshua Bawden denies unlawfully killing Aaron Bishop at the Quadrant centre in Swansea in July 2009.

      The prosecution at Swansea Crown Court says Mr Bishop, 22, a former soldier, was held by five security guards on a gantry leading to a car park.

      It is alleged Mr Bawden, 25, used “excessive means”. The case continues.

      Patrick Harrington QC told the court Mr Bishop had shoplifted a £35 bottle of Joop perfume from the centre’s Debenhams store.

      “The cost proved very high indeed,” said the barrister.

      Five security guards restrained him on a gantry leading to the shopping centre’s car park, including Mr Bawden.

      Mr Harrington said he “used wholly inappropriate and we submit excessive means to restrain Mr Bishop.”

      He told the jury Mr Bawden had grasped Mr Bishop tightly round the throat for a period of 10 minutes.

      “At all times it was this defendant who was at the top end of the deceased, by which I mean head, shoulders and throat.”

      Mr Harrington said Mr Bawden was urged by passers-by to let go of Mr Bishop.

      ‘Choke hold’

      They variously described him putting Mr Bishop in a “headlock” or “choke hold”, saying his face was turning blue and purple, and was covered in sweat.

      By the time Mr Bawden released him, he was dead, the court heard.

      Mr Bishop had joined the Welsh Guards in 2003, and in 2004 he had been due to serve in Iraq but a broken arm prevented that. Mr Harrington said after that “he went off the rails.”

      He got in trouble in his Army and civilian life, and he was discharged in 2005.

      Sam Joshua Bawden, known to his friends as Josh, was employed by a company called Professional Security Management.

      He is also an accredited door supervisor working at a nightclub in the city centre.

      The trial continues.

      BBC News

      September 22, 2010 at 12:59 pm

  6. Poundland up here has a very poor reputation for over using free labour from placements to reduce/undermine its paid staff.

    Lowestoft's Finest

    August 14, 2010 at 1:45 pm

  7. I should also add that even an action such as “putting an item in your pocket whilst in a shop” does not constitute a crime. To be guilty of a crime you have to satisfy two elements: the Mens rea (guilty mind) and the Actus reus (guilty act).

    I’ll also add that the concept of “Citizen’s Arrest” is a grey area of Law and a veritable legal minefield. I’m doubtful if this Legal Concept has ever been put to the test in the UK and is not something that I understand store detectives/security guards are reliant on. Shops are aware of the Legal Implications of making a wrongful approach and staff are instructed to be 200% certain before making an approach. For instance M&S use the formula: 1. Approach 2. Selection 3. Concealment 4. Non-payment 5. Be kept in view at all times. If a shop if not sure (and even if they are), they often times ask the Police to make the approach. Also bear in mind that it is extremely easy to have a “security guard”‘s employment terminated or to use the vernacular, “get them the sack”.

    Re shoplifting in general, most “shrinkage” is internal i.e most “shoplifting” is done by staff.

    Disclaimer: This comment should not be treated as authoritative Legal Advice. Always seek independent Legal Advice.

    Kavanagh QC

    August 14, 2010 at 2:06 pm

  8. That’s just ridiculous… asking A4e Poundshop conscripts to risk HIV infection tackling druggies. The crap that the Poundshop sells only cost em a few pence anyway.

    Tracey

    August 14, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    • Spot on. I almost forgot that A4e etc. use them!

      Flexible New Deal

      August 14, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    • its illegal to discriminate.some time ago i was with the disability adviser who was interested to know where an application form originated with hiv disclosure it was branded discriminatory ,this is why many application forms don’t ask directly but “encourage” to mention,its really a case again of the dwp world and the real world.

      as for poundland they are just a bottom drawer outfit that are no doubt after government money,after all if the person walks or is sacked they still benefit. bring on the next.

      ken

      August 19, 2010 at 3:52 pm

  9. I’ve actually witnessed suspected “shop-lifters” “standing their ground. For instance, in Tesco I overheard a shop assistant saying to a security guard that a young woman had stolen some hair dye. They did stop her at the door and asked her to open her jacket. But she just refused, they did not dare lay a finger on here, after a short discourse they just “let her go”. There is a lesson in there somewhere (for potential shop-lifters).

    Kavanagh QC

    August 14, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    • Nowadays, they’re more than likely to be caught on CCTV. Does anyone know of any shoplifeters who thought they get away with it only to be caught later when they were identified on CCTV footage?

      Funny A4e Photos

      August 14, 2010 at 4:06 pm

      • Nope – everyone in my circle of friends and family are honest with good morals knowing right for work. Unless, of course, i have been deceived lol

        Flexible New Deal

        August 14, 2010 at 4:22 pm

      • Me, neither. Honest, Guv 🙂

        Old Lag

        August 14, 2010 at 4:52 pm

  10. The amount of shop staff now that get threatend and assaulted by punters in a days work for the min wage is horrendous.

    Lowestoft's Finest

    August 14, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    • Punters these days aren’t going to politely wait around until the police arrive lol… and why should they…? Just knock the security guard’s head off… job done lol Times are going to get a lot tougher for shop staff with these rich toff cunts and their benefit slashing. Fuck crapatalism!! Viva le Proles!!

      Hard as Nails

      August 14, 2010 at 3:39 pm

  11. Learn to love me
    Assemble the ways
    Now, today, tomorrow and always
    My only weakness is a list of crime
    My only weakness is … well, never mind, never mind

    Oh, shoplifters of the world
    Unite and take over
    Shoplifters of the world
    Hand it over
    Hand it over
    Hand it over

    Learn to love me
    And assemble the ways
    Now, today, tomorrow, and always
    My only weakness is a listed crime
    But last night the plans of a future war
    Was all I saw on Channel Four

    Shoplifters of the world
    Unite and take over
    Shoplifters of the world
    Hand it over
    Hand it over
    Hand it over

    A heartless hand on my shoulder
    A push – and it’s over
    Alabaster crashes down
    (Six months is a long time)
    Tried living in the real world
    Instead of a shell
    But before I began …
    I was bored before I even began

    Shoplifters of the world
    Unite and take over
    Shoplifters of the world
    Unite and take over
    Shoplifters of the world
    Unite and take over
    Shoplifters of the world
    Take over

    Steven Morrissey

    August 14, 2010 at 5:16 pm

  12. Check out our website. FunnyA4E all relevant details are there

    Poundland

    August 15, 2010 at 9:36 am

    • Tents for a quid 🙂 Lovely 🙂

      Homeless Harry

      August 15, 2010 at 11:24 am

    • Thanks Poundland, but I couldn’t cope with the dramatic drop in salary. But if you decide to introduce profit sharing let me know!

      Funny A4e Photos

      August 15, 2010 at 3:06 pm

  13. wots happened to the flexible new deal blog… just sends me to google search 😦

    sally

    August 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    • Should be back up by Monday at latest 🙂

      Flexible New Deal

      August 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    • Sally, the site should be all up and working now.

      Flexible New Deal

      August 15, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    • thanks flexible new deal… ur a star 🙂

      sally

      August 15, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    • well it is up… kind of… just can’t read the posts 😦

      sally

      August 15, 2010 at 10:50 pm

      • what posts?

        Flexible New Deal

        August 16, 2010 at 7:43 am

      • wen i clicked on a post some index of something message came up 😦 not to worry flexible new deal its working now 🙂 ur my hero 🙂

        sally

        August 16, 2010 at 10:03 am

      • Sally you’re a heroine!

        Speaking seriously you made my day with your comments in favour of this Blog.

        Andrew Coates

        August 16, 2010 at 11:34 am

      • Thanks Sally – I haven’t touched anything?

        Flexible New Deal

        August 16, 2010 at 10:22 am

    • u need 2 get ur screwdriver out again flexible new deal 🙂

      sally

      August 15, 2010 at 10:51 pm

  14. the one called new deal scandal under blogroll.

    sally

    August 15, 2010 at 12:53 pm

  15. You really need to fix your website. It takes like forever to load it… and it uses up all my monthly bandwidth allowance. When I view a comment and go back the blooming thing loads all over again. Get it fixed – you must be losing visitors!

    Dear Mr Tendeance Coatesy

    August 15, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    • lol Tendeance Coatesy consumes an astonishing 34MB to load, compare with intensiveactivity (1.20MB), or the bbc site (1MB). That is one massive bandwidth consuming website. 34MB to load a web page is astronomical. Get it sorted.

      Bandwidth Hog

      August 15, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    • A possible solution:

      Dashboard > Settings > Reading > Blog pages show at most 10 settings (or similar)

      Old Timer

      August 15, 2010 at 3:01 pm

      • Or even:

        Dashboard > Settings > Reading > Blog pages show at most 10 posts (or similar)

        Old Timer

        August 15, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    • Why dont you complain on that website?

      It isn’t even remotely connected to this article… not even the same site!

      Flexible New Deal

      August 15, 2010 at 5:18 pm

  16. i have only been in one of these poundlands it was a dingy place.i expect hayley taylor would disagree saying a jobs a job,i would think the job is finding the next one.
    i certainly would not like to be in their all day.

    ken

    August 15, 2010 at 8:09 pm

  17. LF – you’re right – I often wander down Lowestoft centre and think to myself ‘this is just like Hackney’ – you’ve been watching too much CSI…

    abu

    August 16, 2010 at 10:37 am

    • Hey abu, bigmouth. If you wanna come around this manor you betta learn some manners and show some respect.

      Scarface

      August 16, 2010 at 11:17 am

    • I’ve been to Hackney its not brilliant but its not Grozny, there are a lot of worse areas of London by far.

      A lot of Lowestoft’s problems is it is Suffolks Siberia and we get all the problem people the rest of the country rejects dumped on us to make our problems worse as our council is one of the few councils which will take in problem people with no links to the area.

      The area in which I live had a murder rate similar to New Yorks (which I admit was the locals, though all dumped in one estate to clean up problem estates round Lowestoft)And had a car crime rate the same as Brixton’s (majority wasn’t locals but shoot through population). So us aspiring to be Hackney instead of Moss Side for ounce would be a step forward.

      Keep up the good work any way Abu the more you wander round Lowestoft especialy after dark the better.

      Lowestoft's Finest

      August 17, 2010 at 9:39 am

  18. the country has gone like the united states in terms of employment,the quality employment has gone “made in china” rules and british companies have closed up and moved production overseas’ because of “cost” forgetting the cost to the uk workforce as a whole,anyone who deludes themselves into thinking there is a sustainable job today is sadly wrong,places like poundland are never going to hold that title by their very nature,the name of the company say’s it all,it mostly sells as to be expected rubbish and is the bottom of the barrel and whats under it.

    because of global shifts/profits over the years this has caused the situation the country faces today
    the credit cycle continues to nibble away at society in many ways its cheapened the meaning of money with which the lenders were “lending” and the sums involved,this has caused many problems with debt companies springing up to cash in on the leftovers’.

    its very hard to see anything positive emerging from this perilous economy.

    ken

    August 16, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    • Well said, ken. The Poundshop is merely an outlet for “Made in China” tat. And anything you buy is a waste of, well… a pound because you will end up having to buy something that actually works elsewhere. It’s interesting to note, though, how much Poundshop crap that can be found elsewhere retailing for much higher prices.

      Places like Poundshop shouldn’t be encouraged because they symbolic of
      the gradual erosion of living standards in the Western world. We are racing to Hell in a handcart.

      Poundshop is not a business model that we should be relying on.

      Poundshoplifter

      August 16, 2010 at 10:21 pm

      • Well £1 shops are a good business model… we all directly assume that goods costing £1 are a good value deal.

        Although some items are bargains at £1 shops (less markup than other retailers but they sell more) a lot of the items actually could be sourced cheaper if you looked around in other shops.

        Not only do we get the sense that the goods are a bargain it is also about impulse buying and convenience (convenience that you are in the shop).

        It also becomes the “lose-the-calculator, bag-the-most-items-you-can-with-your-immediate-disposable-income”… what I mean by that is instead of browsing for best value of money, people just pop in, set themselves a limit, say £5… and consider getting up to 5 items.

        Value only comes into it just before they walk into the door as the customer feels relax that they aren’t going to be ripped off.

        As for China made items… I seriously had a big think the other day about what I have got… what comes from China and the quality of it. Actually, China is pretty much the joke of Asia… the products I have that are made from Japan, Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea and Malaysia all appear much superior in quality and even overall value.

        (I appreciate it might seem I listed asia places however obvious ones like Vietnam aren’t included)

        Shops like Poundland typically stock clearance items/end of line/bankrupt stock and also, especially poundland… create their own brands to hide the poundland element to it…

        Buying a branded product cheap seems a bargain. If it just had poundland logo on it… people aren’t so willing to buy it thinking there is a problem with it etc.

        The other issue with buying cheap product is its more likely that these far east workers had poor conditions… most probably children. But this trend seems to be so popular regardless of the actual retail price of the product.

        Flexible New Deal

        August 17, 2010 at 10:48 am

  19. The insults people are giving on this site are becoming unaccetable.
    Therefore I am considering introducing website registration. Whereby name address and email would need to be given 1st

    Andrew Coates

    August 17, 2010 at 10:09 am

    • Is that you… Anonymous Mouse?

      Flexible New Deal

      August 17, 2010 at 10:21 am

      • lol sure sounds like it… 🙂

        Rat Catcher

        August 17, 2010 at 10:53 am

      • … you forgot requiring us to give our NI number and DOB, Anonymous Mouse 🙂

        Rat Catcher

        August 17, 2010 at 10:55 am

      • Yeah, a few things that give it way:

        1) The “monsterID” image were the same
        2) The lack of simple spelling – I dont doubt that Andy would ever make such a silly mistake
        3) Andys custom icon not shown
        4) A link to IpswichUnemployedAction.co.uk … typically Andy doesnt link from his name and when he does its to his own blog. Andy doesnt control the domain name which simply links back to this site so would never link to it…

        Flexible New Deal

        August 17, 2010 at 11:02 am

      • I changed the icons because I er like to change things.

        Does that explain things?

        Andrew Coates

        August 17, 2010 at 11:07 am

      • Have changed.

        Andrew Coates

        August 17, 2010 at 2:25 pm

  20. Never mind Comrade Coates Wannabes!!!

    I’m more concerned that “The lack of simple spelling” indicates that all of a sudden everybody want’s to be Lowestoft’s Finest.

    Lowestoft's Finest

    August 17, 2010 at 11:13 am

  21. Having been thinking, now I come to realise that my adviser is right. I am going to close this site. The choice is simple – WORK or STARVE!!

    Andrew Coats

    August 17, 2010 at 11:19 am

  22. Stop all benifits NOW!!

    Andrew Coats

    August 17, 2010 at 11:26 am

  23. there is some debate if this shop is worth it.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/7965089/The-real-bargains-to-be-had-at-Poundland-revealed.html

    when i was in there there wasn’t anything i found i wanted,also these shops are not everywhere.i think most can live without it.

    ken

    August 31, 2010 at 7:16 pm

  24. the toothpaste is cheap, and the cat toys you get quite a few for a pound cheaper then we seen anywhere else. Milk isnt bad either, comes from same cow ?
    I don’t get though why some people wont go in there, and why they think its beneath them ? Even if I was loaded I would still pop i there on the off chance

    carl

    September 10, 2010 at 3:10 pm


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