As is usual, just after Christmas a major expense is required.
Today the washing machine died. As it was 8 years old I determined a new one was needed.
Visiting a local retailer (named after a good Indian Meal) I purchased one. However the great member of staff that served me said that they had just had their pay cut, half of the workforce had walked out, and management had responded by saying that they would recruit school leavers on the minimum wage, so what was the problem?
Me, thats the last time I do business with that particular firm!