ACROSS Britain recipients of high street gift vouchers are desperately racing to spend them before the retailers in question go bust.
The starting gun fired at 10am this morning, as Britons clutching vouchers for Next, Boots, Argos and even WHSmith sprinted from their homes to get to the shops before the inevitable liquidations.
Nathan Muir of Mansfield said: “The first rumours of River Island going bust were on local radio before I left the house. It’s a race against the clock.
“It’s become an annual event, whether you’re doing a DVD trolley-dash round HMV or frantically ransacking the shelves for Nerf guns at Toys R Us. It’s more a sport than shopping.
“Will my wife make it to Ann Summers before the receivers do? Will all the copies of Call of Duty have gone by the time I reach Game, and I’ll have to buy Cyberpunk 2077 or some bullshit?
“If you don’t act fast then that plastic card given to you by a thoughtless auntie will be worthless, or worse only redeemable at shops owned by Mike Ashley.”