WH Smiths tills insist shop sells The Queen's Knickers only
It was a cockup by us NOT hackers, insists firm
WH Smiths tills would only dispense receipts for 'The Queen's Knickers' for several hours yesterday, after a technical mistake in the tills screwed up receipt printing in the chain's outlets across the country.
Transactions were able to process as normal, said a WH Smith spokesperson, but the cash registers would only print receipts saying The Queen's Knickers, £5.99.
A hacker group @AnonAteam on Twitter seemed, for obscure reasons, to claim responsibility for the cash register mistake:
WH Smiths Hacked, Every item scan at tills came up as Queen knickers £5.99 Just for The LuLz
But WH Smith were adamant that the Knicker receipts were not a hack.
"It was not a hack." said the WH Smith spokesperson. "There was a technical issue, a temporary issue with the setup. The problem was that one particular product was being printed on receipts for all transactions."
She confirmed that the product was the popular children's book, 'The Queen's Knickers'.
Apparently the mistake sprang from an attempt to input an offer for the book earlier in the day. ®
My money is on WH Smith
What are the chances of the hackers putting the apostrophe in correctly? Slim to none I would suggest!
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HM Sergeant at Arms here. If you wouldn't mind stopping by "The Tower" on your way home, it would save us a lot of trouble.