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Baby throttling in Boots is ok so long as you don’t shoplift

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The Daily Mirror leads with the terrifying news that the “BOOTS BABY STRANGLER” is at large.

CCTV footage captured the woman leaning into a stranger’s pram in a central London branch of Boots the chemist and, reportedly, saying “That baby would rather be dead”. The woman placed her hand on the one-year-old boy’s throat for around a second.

You can watch the vide on the Mirror’s website – right after an advert for bondage film 50 Shades of Grey has rolled by.

The Guardian merely slaps its logo over the free police tape:




The Daily Mail says dramatically:

The stranger grabbed hold of the one-year-old and throttled him

You might suppose that after such an unusual and horrible thing, the Boots security would detain the woman and call the police. But no. She was merely walked from the store.
The Evening Standard notes:

The store manager, who did not want to be named, said: “The woman just came up from behind in the aisle and leant in. The security guard then came and asked what was going on and the woman said something like ‘that baby doesn’t deserve to be alive’. The security guard then kicked her out. She would not make any eye contact.”

A security guard, who had been following the woman inside the store, led her outside before she walked away toward Trafalgar Square.

Can it be that baby throttling is not as high on the list of Boots offences as shoplifting?


Posted: 18th, February 2015 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

But Boots Isn’t Avoiding Any Tax So What Are They Blathering About?


IT appears that the next part of the increasingly creaky tax campaign is to go after Boots:

 Alliance Boots, which became Britain’s biggest private equity buyout in 2007, could have received UK tax bills of more than £1.1bn over the last six years, had colossal interest payments on the group’s billions of pounds of borrowings not depressed the chemist and retail group’s UK profits, according to tax campaigners.

A report, commissioned by Unite, War on Want and US union group Change to Win, found that Alliance Boots generated UK taxable profits, before interest costs, of £4.5bn between 2008 and 2013. But it also incurred financing costs of £4.2bn over the same period, reducing its UK taxable profits to just £313m.

That’s a bit weird. For there’s no such thing as taxable profits before interest. Interest is an expense of the company so therefore it gets taken off gross profits before they become taxable profits.

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Posted: 18th, October 2013 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Spotting Paedophiles In McDonald’s

“SEX offenders are being allowed trips to McDonald’s,” says the Star.

“Health bosses at a secure hospital are worried about breaching human rights.” Well, in that case don’t take them to the home of the international murder burger.

But too late.

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Posted: 29th, September 2008 | In: Tabloids | Comments (4) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0