One joker has ‘saved’ Christmas with his sneaky plan to still have his family around on December 25th legally.
Fenn Settle, 28, had the idea while trying to book a meeting at a restaurant for a group of people over six.
With the rule of six, the restaurant refused, explaining that you can’t book for a table over six. But when Fenn said it was for a ‘work meeting’ the woman at the restaurant said it was ‘absolutely fine’.
So that got Fenn thinking could this loophole be used for Christmas?
As a joke Fenn set up his limited company for just £6 in a few minutes, with just a couple of simple clicks.
He told Yorkshire Live: “I thought to myself I might as well hire all of my family and friends on zero hour contracts and get them all round the house for a Christmas – I mean, for an unpaid works event.
“Police will apparently barge into our homes during Christmas but office workers can all hang out – it’s just ridiculous.”
He added: “A few friends have told me that I have saved Christmas. Which is both hilarious and sad.”
While the tongue-in-cheek idea has gone viral online, Fenn will actually be spending Christmas with just his partner as his parents live in France.
He said: “I was really close to my grandfather, we spent Christmas together last year, and I wasn’t able to spend his last eight weeks with him.
“It was truly heartbreaking and I’m sure so many families across the UK will have similar stories.
“If I could see them I would but I do take this pandemic seriously, as we all should. If the guidance changes we’ll see but for now it’ll be just me and my partner.”
England’s lockdown is set to end on December 2nd, with different regions returning to the relevant tier depending on cases.
Shopper shows off ‘stunning’ Christmas decorations which cost as little as 28p at The Range
What a bargain!
Shoppers can’t get enough of The Range’s cheap and cheerful Christmas decs.
A woman has shared her ‘dirt cheap’ Christmas decorations she has snapped up at The Range on the Extreme Couponing and Bargains Facebook Group.
Captioning a picture of her beautifully decorated tree, she wrote: “Absolutely in love with my baubles from The Range. Seen a few people say about the Range.
“Video doesn’t do them justice at all.”
The woman’s tree donned stunning glittery gold, silver and white baubles and twinkling lights.
She also added the receipt with prices of baubles starting at just 28p, others ranged from 40p to 45p.
Needless to say, her fellow bargain hunters were blown away by her haul. One commented: “Wow looks fabulous !!!!”
Another said: “I’ve got all these too…I love the range for baubles.”
“I’ve been to the range today and they have some really lovely baubles, and decorations in there,” one admitted.
Other shoppers gave a handy hint to head to The Range in January when they have huge sales with discounts of up to 70% on decorations.
One wrote: “I know where we are going in January”, and a second said: “I did the same last year got loads of beautiful bits for next to nothing”.
A third said: “Its so cheap anyway! but always handy to stock up on a new theme for the next year even cheaper.”
B&M shoppers shocked to find ‘x-rated’ detail on popular Christmas decoration
Shoppers ‘stunned’ by surprising detail on one of B&M’s Christmas decorations.
A woman shared the ‘x-rated’ detail that can be found on a ‘cute’ Christmas reindeer ornament on Facebook.
The white festive decoration includes a reindeer with a number of adorable animals on its back including a sleeping fox, an owl, a rabbit and a squirrel, as well as a robin on top of one of its antlers.
Thinking it would make the perfect addition to her mantlepiece, the woman and many others put it in her basket.
It wasn’t until she turned it over to see the price tag she noticed a very realistic set of male genitals.
The shopper shared a snap of the £10 ornament on a Facebook group writing: “So I was just in B&M and saw this stag. Thought it was pretty cute.
“I go to find the barcode as it wasn’t round its neck where it usually is so thought it may be a stuck on somewhere…
“I turn it over & see that.”
More recently, a TikTok video of the ornament has gone viral showcasing the reindeers meat and two veg with the caption ‘B&M have some explaining to do’.
The video has been liked more than one million times and racked up hundreds of thousands of likes.
A B&M spokesperson said: “We don’t want to come across as cocky but we think we’ve got the best range of decorations on the high street this year!
“Our stag ornament has sold really well – we can’t help but think it’s because of his big personality.”
Mum demands £450 compensation from babysitter who fed chicken nuggets to her vegetarian kids
Who is to blame?
A babysitter fed two children a McDonald’s Happy Meal after their request, but their mum was furious because they are vegetarian.
The babysitter has refused to pay £450 ‘emotional support money’ to the mum after feeding her children chicken nuggets, because she wasn’t told they were vegetarian.
The 19-year-old babysitter has been babysitting for two years and was asked to look after two children from a new family.
The kids, nine and seven, were well-behaved while with the childminder who in reward for their good behaviour said they could have a Happy Meal after they requested one.
Both children and the parents failed to mention the kids were vegetarians. It lead to a blazing row when the parents returned to collect their kids and found out they had eaten chicken.
The babysitter explained: “The mom came home early and saw her children eating chicken nuggets. She literally ripped the nuggets out of their hands and started screaming that I’m horrible for allowing her children to eat dead corpses and yelling at her children for eating the meat.
“She kicked me out without paying me and then later text me saying that I need to pay her $300 (£227) for each kid for the emotional damage I have caused them and if I didn’t she’d take me to court.
“I refused to pay the money and told her that she should have told me that she was vegetarian and I would have made sure to completely respect her family diet choice and since she didn’t tell me it’s not my fault.
“She said that I shouldn’t just assume everyone eats meat.”
The sitter took to Reddit to ask how to handle the situation, unfazed by the legal threat as both her father and brother are lawyers.
One commented on the post: “It was her responsibility to tell you her kids were vegetarian. She still owes you money for babysitting. I’d be willing to bet she has pulled this stunt before to get out of paying and maybe try to get some extra cash.
“I find it weird that neither kid mentioned they didn’t eat meat and they wanted a happy meal.”
A second said: “Give her contact info to your lawyers. Ask her when you can expect to be paid or if you should settle that as well in court”.
Another said: “Call her bluff. She’ll be laughed at in court.”
Who do you think is to blame in the situation?