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Scumbag Mike at it Again

Post by Don Sholeone » Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:57 am

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52011915
Sports Direct has performed a U-turn on keeping its shops open during the coronavirus lockdown following a backlash over its plans.

The government has ordered all UK shops selling non-essential goods to close.

Sports Direct initially said it would remain open as it was "uniquely well placed to help keep the UK as fit and healthy as possible".

But after widespread criticism, it now says it will not open "until we are given the go-ahead by the government".

Sports Direct's chief financial officer, Chris Wootton, said the chain was contacting the government "at all levels" to confirm whether its shops were deemed to provide an essential service.

But Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said on Tuesday morning that he could not see "any justification" for it to stay open.

"The key thing we need to do is make sure people wherever possible stay at home. Yes it's important people exercise but that should be done once a day and it's a basic thing," he told ITV's Good Morning Britain.

"People can walk, run or cycle, they should, but there is no reason for a store like Sports Direct to remain open."

The retailer had argued that it provided an essential service. Bosses at the company said the sports equipment it sells can be used to exercise at home at a time when gyms have been closed.

In a letter written by Frasers Group, which owns Sports Direct and Evans Cycles, Mr Wootton had said: "Thus our Sports Direct and Evans Cycles stores will remain open where possible to allow us to do this (in accordance with the government's current social distancing guidance).

"There is no one else that has the range of product and range of stores to make this reasonably accessible for the whole population."

Bicycle shops are on the list of retailers that are allowed to stay open during the shutdown.

But Paddy Lillis, general secretary of the shop workers' trade union Usdaw, told the BBC's Today programme: "I can't see how it [Sports Direct] is an essential service. It's a sports clothing company.

"In my mind, an essential service would include food and medicine and the supply chain around that," as well as the National Health Service, he said.

Sports Direct's initial plan to stay open drew widespread backlash on social media.

Ian Lavery MP, chair of the Labour Party, told the company's founder and chief executive Mike Ashley to "take some responsibility".

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Re: Scumbag Mike at it Again

Post by krully » Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:26 pm

game stop tried to do the same thing

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Post by Colback's Orange Tufts » Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:15 pm

krully wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:26 pm
game stop tried to do the same thing
I think its worse in the UK. Like the government have given these businesses:
1/ 80% of staff wages so they don't have to
2/ Rent holidays
3/ Loans
/4 VAT and business rate holidays

So Sports Direct won't go bust. In the US there isn't this (yet?) so gamestop could go bust I guess. Shameful
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Re: Scumbag Mike at it Again

Post by Cal » Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:40 am

Don't forget raising prices to make the most of the demand...

https://www.itv.com/news/2020-03-24/spo ... own-staff/

Although that seems a bit more widespread with most fitness equipment at the moment.

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Re: Scumbag Mike at it Again

Post by Speedo » Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:51 am

Well colour me shocked.

Here's praying Decathlon take this opportunity to nick all SD's customers.
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Re: Scumbag Mike at it Again

Post by Colly » Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:32 am

They've shut now. Where am I supposed to get a massive mug from now?

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Re: Scumbag Mike at it Again

Post by overseasTOON » Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:45 pm

Colly wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:32 am
They've shut now. Where am I supposed to get a massive mug from now?
I found a bucket in my shed which I've sterlised and now I just have to add 10 tea bags, 20 sugars and pint of milk and jobs a good un; keeps me going all morning!

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Re: Scumbag Mike at it Again

Post by Remember Colo » Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:19 pm

Hardly a thing that was unique to SD, not to suggest they weren't equally guilty though. Adidas took the same heat in North America, as well as a host of other businesses. Doesn't help that UK and American governments were so wishy-washy on direction to the public and businesses - well and in the case of the US, continue to be. As if they were going to back to normal by Easter, good grief.

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