Beer price error causes stampede at Tesco stores

02 June, 2011

Tesco stores in Scotland have been selling three cases of beer for as little as £10 following an EPoS error which has led to customer stampedes at some stores.

News of the glitch spread rapidly over the internet yesterday (June 1) as consumers realised they had been charged £9 or £10 less than the £20 Tesco had been advertising.

Police were called to the company’s Greenock store after motorists caused congestion in the car park as they raced to take advantage of the error. One Twitter user reported that “tempers are flying”.

Another web forum poster wrote: “Apparently someone has made a boo boo and you can get three cases of beer for £10. Someone put it on Facebook and apparently they can’t do anything till 10pm tonight ... the beer isle is heaving!”

A contributor to the HotUKDeals website said he had managed to buy 15 cases for £55. The error affected a number of brands, including Stella Artois and Strongbow, which saw prices crash to as little as £7 a case.

Tesco has now corrected the error.




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