A shopper sparked outrage after claiming to have ‘bulk booked’ 23 Asda food delivery slots in time for Christmas and putting them on sale for £15 each – but the supermarket has confirmed the bookings do not exist.
The post was circulated on social media and looked to take advantage of people who had missed out on booking a delivery slot for their festive food, sparking anger among others who hit out at the seller for looking to profit from a desperate situation.
Some were sceptical as to whether it was a scam, and Asda said that it is not possible to book such a high number of slots and checks have shown the bookings have not been made.
The advert was posted over the weekend and has since been shared to social media, claiming to offer a food delivery slot before Christmas for £15 in the Cardiff area.
It reads: “So I have bulk booked 23 time slots in Asda Pentwyn to have a food delivery over the next 4 days. I don’t need them all so I am selling each time slot for £15 each.
“If you’re interested please comment below and I will sell you a slot. Merry Christmas one and all.”
The seller’s identity was cropped out of the image after being shared on Twitter by @Kiphakes, and it’s unclear as to whether the advert is still live.
The user wrote: “I was wondering how this is possible.. I imagine they’ve just created 23 different free email accounts and then created Asda accounts and booked slots with those.”
An Asda spokesperson clarified that it “is not possible” even if you have 23 different email accounts due to other procedures and required details.
One person replied to the post to say: “I’m thinking this is a scam and they don’t actually have the slots. It’s no better though.”
And others were left furious at the selfish act after people across the country were left with their Christmas plans in tatters following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement imposing stricter measures on Saturday.
Many supermarket websites were overwhelmed by the number of visitors logging on and home delivery slots for groceries were snapped up as shoppers desperately attempted to make last minute arrangements.
People replied to the post to say they were “speechless” at the advert attempting to take advantage of those who had missed out, as one simply said: “Humanity is dead.”