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25 November 2010
FAMILY COMES FIRST FOR THE UK
IF you were
given £500 to spend on whatever you wanted, what would you do? The
UK was recently asked the same question, and unsurprisingly many
said they would spend the lot on something for their family.
Over 1000 people were asked for their top indulgences with £500
during Meccabingo.com’s ‘Mecca Moments’ campaign, to find out what
the UK really would do with the cash. The results showed how even in
these tough financial times, people would rather spend their cash on
their families than save it or pay off debts.
Of those quizzed, 34% would buy something for the whole family, with
many seeing it as an opportunity to show their appreciation. One
person said he would throw a party for his entire family, over 60 of
them, as they have never all been together in the same room. Another
said she would take her mother and daughter away for a surprise
joint 60th, 40th and 16th birthday celebration and one would take
his son’s football team for a training session at Old Trafford...
However, self-indulgence wasn’t that far away as 30% would spend it
on a pampering session for themselves. One said they would fill a
bath with champagne and dive straight in, while another would blow
the whole lot on a winter wardrobe. One plucky person would even
book a recording studio to record her own album. “Maybe I’m
not X-factor material, but I’d sing my
Of the rest that were asked, 19% would spend the money on a holiday,
while 7% would use it to ease the cost of Christmas and 2% would
clear debts. Surprisingly, only 1% of all those asked would give the
money to charity, showing that especially now the family is more
important than charity.
Angus Nisbet, Gaming Director for Meccabingo.com, says that results
show generally how unselfish people are in the UK:- “Many of
the responses were about looking after their loved ones or doing
something nice for someone else. Even when finances are tough,
people will still spend on their families. Indulgence isn’t just about treating yourself, it’s about making
other people happy.”
ELECTRICITY METER TOP UP WARNING
and around Sefton are being warned not to buy electricity top-ups on
the doorstep after Sefton Trading Standards Officers got alerted to
this national scam. It is reported that doorstep sellers are
knocking on doors offering electricity top-ups at special rates.
Some customers are being offered £50 of electricity top-up for a
cash payment of just £25. There is evidence that the criminals
involved are using cloned keys for the payment to top the meters up
Customers always have to pay their electricity supplier for the
electricity they use. Customers who have bought energy sold by
criminals on the doorstep will end up paying twice, first to the
criminal and then to the electricity supplier, as the crime can be
Energy companies are working closely with the Police at a national
and local level and Trading Standards officers in Sefton are warning
residents not to buy at the door.
Sefton Council Trading Standards manager, Andrew Naisbitt, said:-
"Please don't buy credit for electricity meters on the doorstep.
People may think they are getting a great deal but in fact they will
lose out in the long run. Electricity companies never sell top-up
door to door, only through official outlets. Only buy top-up from
official outlets like PayPoint, Payzone and the Post Office and if
you are approached in this fashion, please report it."
Anyone worried they may have been affected should call their energy
supplier, Consumer Direct on:- 0845 04 05 06 or Crimestoppers on:-
0800 555 111.
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