By Alan Duffy
That living, breathing real-life Alan Partridge, Richard ‘hanging out the back of her’ Keys got himself into another right muddle on Twitter on Saturday.
After Tweeting from Doha that he had “left £50 worth of food on a Marks & Spencer counter after refusing to pay the 5p charge for a plastic bag ‘cos he wanted to bring the baskte out to his car, the disgraced ex-Sky Sports anchor, unsurprisingly, received a torrent of abuse on twitter before trying rather pathetically to turn the incident into some sort of one-man stand against the corporate world. Rather than a misjusdged act by a tight eejit.
The 5p M&S charges on bags, which is meant to discourage customers from creating too much waste, also goes to various relevant charities, which seems like a sensible idea to me. However, not to Keys who questioned where the money actually ends up. Like he cares.
He even wrote a blog soon after the whole malarky, saying:
And on another point – got some stick this morning for walking away from M&S. Let me explain.
‘Do you want a bag with that?’ Was the question from a po faced cashier. ‘Well, unless you have any other ideas that’s not a bad one’.
‘Five pence’, came the reply.
‘Don’t worry’ I said. ‘Leave them in the basket a s I’ll carry them to the car’.
‘Can’t do that. Baskets aren’t allowed out of the shop. You’ll have to buy a bag’.
What are they trying to achieve in there? Selling bags to make money – or cutting down because they’re supposed to be an environmental problem?
‘It’s for charity’ I hear you cry. Really? Well I chose where and when to work for and give to charity. Unless something has changed since I’ve been away charity donations are by choice – not compulsory. It’s a rip off. That’s what it is.
No problems at the co-op!
Maybe he can start a new career as a serious investigative journalist. I suggest we parachtue him into Syria right now to get his new career underway? Or maybe he’ll start reporting on human rights abuses in the place he now earns his money, Qatar?
Oh, and please check out the comments on his Twitter page. Superbly funny (where I found the Rosa Parks one in the headline!).