State of our high street !

Discussion in 'Just Talk' started by quasar9, Feb 13, 2024.

  1. FUNDIMOLD

    FUNDIMOLD Active Member

    Even SF can be very insistent on an email address. I was at my local branch recently for a tube of silicon and the assistant was quite shirty when I wanted to pay cash without giving more details. Typically, they are situated very close to Wickes, Toolsation, TP and others. So I bought it at Wickes. I guess their regulars don't mind but as an occasional customer I find it intrusive.
    So there!:p
     
  2. RegB

    RegB Active Member

    Lie! If there is no legal requirement to put in the correct information, as there is with some "official" things, e.g. tax forms, just lie. Lie, lie, and lie again. Get an email address to use for such stuff, give wrong details wherever possible, including "voluntary" details. Corrupt their data! You know it makes sense.
     
  3. jimbobby

    jimbobby Screwfix Select

    20 coffee shops in our little town.
    Factory warehouse just closed coffee shop planned) along with wilco.
    Now we have Pontio opened and choc a block. (for the first month no doubt) Bowl of seasoned rice few scrapings of veg with egg on top. 13 quid. Dog friendly so I wont be going there. I dont need a dog farting next to me and being allowed to sniff me when I am eating. Leave your dogs at home.
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  4. JOMEL

    JOMEL Screwfix Select

    HI

    Currys just closed there branch in
    The METRO centre Gateshead.

    Ah Well
    JOMEL
     
  5. jimbobby

    jimbobby Screwfix Select

    Also been using Temu...some stuff really decent but dont expect stuff to be for professional use. This one was under 2 quid
    Then the spanner was 4.50...short handle wide mouth and great for under sink. tool.jpg spanner.jpg
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  6. Alan22

    Alan22 Screwfix Select

    Temu is great, if you don't mind your data being archived by the Chinese government as part of the final stage of the great Chinese economic take over, basically all the stuff that you bought that was imported from China, you can now buy without tax reaching the UK treasury, genius, all we need is a few law changes to 'trade with the rest of the world' and step away from EU regulatory alignment and we can git rid of those pesky UK manufacturers with silly high prices.
     
  7. Alan22

    Alan22 Screwfix Select

    13 quid for a poached egg on a bowl of rice.

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  8. Alan22

    Alan22 Screwfix Select

    Actually Colin owns Temu.
     
  9. jimbobby

    jimbobby Screwfix Select

    Well i hope there is not one item large or small in your life that did not originate in China ?
    TATA steel 3000 jobs lost. Indian company taking govt. grants
    .Data.....what do you think the British (so called) banks / ebay / twitter et al are doing with your data ?
    TAX...what are the Govt. doing with your taxes ? Importing illegal anonymous sleepers and criminals into UK.
    8 million a day at least.
    13 BILLION a year to Foreign Aid. Mainly muslim countries.
    Charging us for Net zero when the fuel suppliers are making record profits and we only produce 1% of the worlds pollution.
    Co2...there is only 0.04% of it in the atmosphere. If it falls to 0.02 trees and plants will start dying.
    RNLI.....300,000 pounds to buy burka swimwear for muslim women in another country. (the clue is in the name R NATIONAL L I)
    British Legion...spent 100,000 pounds redesigning the LOGO. Vets are on the streets...illegal in 4 start hotels.
    And actually I don't give a toss about the Chinese take over.
    I shot my 'High Horse' many years ago.
     
  10. jimbobby

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  11. Muzungu

    Muzungu Screwfix Select

    I live within a mile from one of the roughest shopping streets in the North East; Saville St, North Shields. What I can't figure out is the proliferation of "Turkish" barbers and how they all make a profit. Just about everything else has shutdown other than the normal indicators of high street collapse; charity shops, vape shops, tattoo parlours and betting shops.

    There are now 3 of these barbers opened all within a hundred yards of each other and all nicely fitted out, several more within a mile or so. I just don't get how they can possibly pay for themselves. I don't think I can be the only one who thinks something else must be going on, they all only take cash. From what I have seen these are popping up all over the place.

    Having said that they give a good cut!
     
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  12. Muzungu

    Muzungu Screwfix Select

    Never been able to understand the logic behind that as a stand alone argument.

    The general logic appears to be that we shouldn't do anything about any problem (assuming it is a problem) because it's worse in other countries?
     
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  13. FUNDIMOLD

    FUNDIMOLD Active Member

    "What I can't figure out is the proliferation of "Turkish" barbers"
    Odd you should mention that; that's something I've noticed as well. My neck of the woods is mostly small villages and towns, with the ubiquitous charity shops etc. All of a sudden haircuts seem to be a boom industry. Hmmm. Brings to mind those 'souvenir' shops in London where the staff are always on the phone.
     
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  14. Muzungu

    Muzungu Screwfix Select

    Yes, and the "American sweet" shops that mushroomed in London, cheeks of the same......
     
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  15. jimbobby

    jimbobby Screwfix Select

    Surely you have figured out by now that they are money laundering....no stock, cash only and no record of customer numbers.
    Then the Roma women selling the big issue is a criminal organised gang.
    Local restaurant was taken over a few years ago and turned into a "Italian" place.
    Spoke Italian to them and it turns out they are ALL Albanians...and spent 300K cash doing the place up.
     
  16. Muzungu

    Muzungu Screwfix Select

    I am guessing you don't appreciate the meaning of a rhetorical question :)
     
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  17. Jord86

    Jord86 Screwfix Select


    Drug fronts. A Welsh Conservative MP stated the same, and got shouted down and rounded on by “Half-wit Huw Irranca-Davies” and other opposing Labour idiots.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-politics-68227005.amp
     
  18. Muzungu

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  19. The Happy Builder

    The Happy Builder Screwfix Select

    rant Fitzner, chief economist at the Office for National Statistics (ONS), says the challenge is straightforward – too many people are sitting on the sidelines, neither working nor looking for a job, an issue that has surged in importance since the Covid crisis.

    Coupled with a jump in children being taken out of school during term time, this has held the economy back.

    “If more people were in work, consuming, producing, we would have higher GDP numbers, so the fact that economic activity fell significantly post-pandemic and has only partly recovered is one of the factors underpinning weaker growth, and obviously that would also underpin weaker consumer spending, given there are fewer people in employment and spending money,” Fitzner said.

    How worklessness and school truancy drove Britain into recession (msn.com)
     
  20. Jord86

    Jord86 Screwfix Select


    Can’t read the link as it requires an app, however Fitzner may not be aware that a large amount of everyday jobs for normal people such as retail will only offer a guaranteed 8 or 16 hours per week, which for applicants who aren’t semi retired, single parents, handicapped, on benefits/subsidies, malingerers or drug dealers are completely useless. I’m sure the challenge isn’t as straightforward as it’s claimed.
     

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