Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/06/02/beer_stampede/
Tesco pricing cock-up provokes beer stampede
Pandemonium as Scots battle for cut-price booze
Scots with an eye for a bargain and a healthy thirst mobilised en masse yesterday to storm several Tesco stores after a pricing error offered boxes of beer at irresistable prices.
The deal was supposed to be "buy three boxes of beer and save £11", but punters soon realised that instead of charging 20 quid for the triple whammy, Tesco was asking just 11.
News that for a little over a tenner locals could fill their fridges with up to 45 small bottles of lager or 36 cans, quickly spread over the interwebs from 7pm last night. According to the BBC, a Rebecca Macdougall tweeted: "Was casually chatting to my dad about the beer situation at Tesco mention 3 crates for 11 quid and he sprints to the car."
Cue pandemonium at Tesco tentacles in the Silverburn shopping centre in Glasgow and in Bellshill. Police intervention was required at the Greenock branch as the car park clogged with booze-hungry shoppers.
Graham McKenzie tweeted: "Price glitch for beer has literally caused a stampede at the local Tesco. Tempers are flying in car park."
Tesco moved swiftly to correct the error, with till operators manually adjusting the price until the glitch was nailed and order restored. ®