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Mr. Anderson
May 5, 2004, 08:39 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/europe/05/05/london.chocolate.bars.reut/index.html

This one I just don't get ....

One, why did the Woolworth's have that many Mars bars on hand :confused:

And if you really wanted that many, why pay retail?

Bizarre...

D

King Cobra
May 5, 2004, 08:52 PM
Pulling an iGav[ina] on us this time, A-man?

I'm thinking that the person that made the purchase wanted to either (A) prepare enough chocolate for deserts at a restaurant, or (B) begin one of those expensive chocolate-bathing fantasies that some people have once in a while. Usually, the chocolate-bathing one is more common with pudding, though.

cyks
May 5, 2004, 08:56 PM
That news article is a perfect reason why I couldn't be super-rich. I'd be doing that type of thing on a daily basis- just to get people to scratch thier heads.
10k Mars bars in a limo...that's borderline genius ;)

rainman::|:|
May 5, 2004, 08:59 PM
this
is
so
cool!

more rich people need to do these things. I hope it's not a gag for a reality show?

paul

wowser
May 5, 2004, 09:05 PM
If i was that rich - i'd be buying 10,000 Green and Blacks, not Mars! I think she may be sick

Koodauw
May 5, 2004, 10:13 PM
Celebs go in and buy a months worth of stuff all the time. I don't see the big deal. A bit odd cause it is mars bars, but thats about it.

rainman::|:|
May 5, 2004, 11:31 PM
Celebs go in and buy a months worth of stuff all the time. I don't see the big deal. A bit odd cause it is mars bars, but thats about it.

Yeah but, a month's worth for the store? Even if she ate 5 every day, which i would consider a lot (oh, sure, we could all do it for a few days...), it would take her 5.5 years to eat them all. Not to mention the fact that they'd all be long stale, as chocolate will separate if it's left on the shelf. Plus, she wasn't (presumably) a recognizable celebrity. If she were buying it for, say, a contest prize, or a fundraiser, she would certainly have bought wholesale, as she would have wanted a certain number, not "all they have". It's just mysterious, and good old baffling mysteries don't come along much anymore ;)

paul

MongoTheGeek
May 6, 2004, 06:59 AM
I would tend to blame either substance abuse(legal or illegal) or perhaps a lark.

Clearly someone with more dollars than sense.

iGav
May 6, 2004, 07:21 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/europe/05/05/london.chocolate.bars.reut/index.html

This one I just don't get ....

One, why did the Woolworth's have that many Mars bars on hand :confused:

And if you really wanted that many, why pay retail?

Bizarre...

D

Yesterday when I was walking in to Safeways, a gent walked out pushing a trolley that was filled to the brim and beyond with individual packets of Walkers crisps (potato chips) and nothing else. Quite bizarre.

But to tell you the truth, London is full of eccentrics. :p

iGav
May 6, 2004, 07:47 AM
The wealthy woman is said to have got her chauffeur to load 220 boxloads into a black stretch limo - and paid in new 50 notes. The shopper is believed to be Lebanese and the store manager thought she might be taking the mars bars abroad where they are difficult to get.

from the mad.co.uk site, I guess that goes someway to explaining it, but why not just drive to the wholesalers or contact Nestle??? :confused:

Mr. Anderson
May 6, 2004, 08:03 AM
from the mad.co.uk site, I guess that goes someway to explaining it, but why not just drive to the wholesalers or contact Nestle??? :confused:

exactly - and its getting near to summer, especially down in the med....they better ship those things carefully, other wise its going to be a mess :D

D

Mantat
May 6, 2004, 08:34 AM
I have been known to go at the 7-11 equivalent here (Couche tard) and bought ALL the beers they had of a certain brand (Unibroue). Of course it was for a party but still, it was funny to buy for over 300$ of beer, and even more fun to bring it all back to my place (thats about 150 bottles) since they all come in pack of 6. Does this make me a crazy person? No, just an alchoolic...


PS: after the party, we realize that we kinda exagerated our drinking power prediction by about 50 bottles which was basicaly due to idiots who brought their own bottles...

Mr. Anderson
May 6, 2004, 09:02 AM
(thats about 150 bottles) since they all come in pack of 6. Does this make me a crazy person?

if you had managed 1500 bottles, now that would have been impressive :D

Don't think I ever bought out a large quantity of anything ... but it would be great to do it someday....

D

whookam
May 6, 2004, 09:04 AM
from the mad.co.uk site, I guess that goes someway to explaining it, but why not just drive to the wholesalers or contact Nestle??? :confused:


Why would she contact Nestle if she wanted Mars Bars? :D

iGav
May 6, 2004, 09:11 AM
Why would she contact Nestle if she wanted Mars Bars? :D

for some reason Nestle just entered my head... heheh... I but I don't like chocolate so what do I know... :eek: :p :D

wdlove
May 6, 2004, 09:35 AM
if you had managed 1500 bottles, now that would have been impressive :D

Don't think I ever bought out a large quantity of anything ... but it would be great to do it someday....

D

I've never bought enough to empty a stores stock either. But did belong to a home delivery service that we would purchase meat and groceries to last for a year at a time.

She was very wise to pay in cash, no way to trace her. Maybe it was as an act of kindness or she is having a large party.

Mr. Anderson
May 6, 2004, 10:06 AM
She was very wise to pay in cash, no way to trace her. Maybe it was as an act of kindness or she is having a large party.

read one of iGav's posts, it explains what it was all about.... :rolleyes:

question fear
May 6, 2004, 10:18 AM
we've had similar things at work,, on a much smaller scale...
Borders Cafe division discontinued this blackberry mountain coffee, and this guy drove from over an hour away to buy our whole stock (15 bags), and then asked for the numbers of other borders so he could stockpile it.
We also had someone stockpiling borders old mints...we had 50 of them, he bought all 50 (@1.99). Drove up from connecticut for it, too.
People will do strange things when they think they can never have their favorite food again.

Koodauw
May 6, 2004, 11:12 AM
Maybe it was a publicity stunt. Great way to advertise.

evil
May 6, 2004, 12:05 PM
maybe she is pregnant and had a craving.

virividox
May 6, 2004, 01:14 PM
Maybe shes going through a bad breakup...a really bad one

armchainmstenw
May 6, 2004, 03:03 PM
Maybe she bought them to give to the first 10000 people that respond to this thread.

Mantat
May 6, 2004, 03:09 PM
Stupid question but... How much room would 10k mars bar would take? And it weight quite a bit (a bit less than a metric ton). So I am starting to wonder how real this story is... Seems like a publicity stunt as Koodauw said.

krimson
May 6, 2004, 03:16 PM
approx 420 cases, each case being about 4"x6"x10".

Im shocked that there's still Woolworths, i thought they went out of business.

Colonel Panik
May 6, 2004, 06:28 PM
I don't think that this is right.

Firstly, she bought 10,656 mars bars, which were in 220 boxes. That makes 48.02272727272727 mars bars per packet. Of course, she might have bought the loose bars which were on the shelf too. But still, it doesn't work out. If there are 48 bars per box, this means 220 boxes contain 10,560 bars. So there were 94 bars on the shelf and scattered elsewhere around the store???

Secondly, she paid 2,131. This means that she bought each mars bar for 19.99812312312312 pence. This is very cheap for mars bars, no? Cue: Brit to chime in here.

Perhaps there was some promotion on, and she wanted to guarantee her spoiled little son/daughter would win. A bit like that rich father played by Roy Kinear in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory.

Okay. Now that I've said "Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory" I'm going to stop.

iMeowbot
May 6, 2004, 07:29 PM
Im shocked that there's still Woolworths, i thought they went out of business.
Those stores were spun off from the US Woolworth in the '80s. The original company is still around too, now known as Foot Locker.

bousozoku
May 6, 2004, 07:34 PM
Perhaps, she's from Mars and was really missing home.

She'll take all the wrappers out into a field and spell out "Mars" so that they can see it from orbit.

wdlove
May 6, 2004, 07:51 PM
maybe she is pregnant and had a craving.

Pregnant women do have a craving for certain foods. Her age would indicate if that is possible. I would call that the mother of all cravings. Even if she plans to eat them over the next nine months, that would still be almost 38 per day. :eek:

I'm just hoping that the lady will reveal the real reason. :)

Giaguara
May 6, 2004, 08:15 PM
If i was that rich - i'd be buying 10,000 Green and Blacks, not Mars! I think she may be sick

I would have bought 10,000 Green and Blacks too if I had money! Hey, my maybe I ask my bf to bring me all the G & B he finds at Woolworths in London and bring me them ... hoping he won't be caught in customs or something ... :eek:

Giaguara
May 6, 2004, 08:19 PM
I don't think that this is right.

Firstly, she bought 10,656 mars bars, which were in 220 boxes. That makes 48.02272727272727 mars bars per packet. Of course, she might have bought the loose bars which were on the shelf too. But still, it doesn't work out. If there are 48 bars per box, this means 220 boxes contain 10,560 bars. So there were 94 bars on the shelf and scattered elsewhere around the store???

Secondly, she paid 2,131. This means that she bought each mars bar for 19.99812312312312 pence. This is very cheap for mars bars, no? Cue: Brit to chime in here.

Perhaps there was some promotion on, and she wanted to guarantee her spoiled little son/daughter would win. A bit like that rich father played by Roy Kinear in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory.

Okay. Now that I've said "Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory" I'm going to stop.

http://www.britishcornershop.co.uk/system/index.html states that in UK the box of Mars bars contains 48 bars. Some are loose always in the store - Woolworth sells to normal clients so ..

The box price in that site is 19,95 .

Maybe Woolworths had some special offer? It does not show on their offers site (http://www.woolworths.co.uk) though.

themadchemist
May 6, 2004, 11:36 PM
I don't think that this is right.

Firstly, she bought 10,656 mars bars, which were in 220 boxes. That makes 48.02272727272727 mars bars per packet. Of course, she might have bought the loose bars which were on the shelf too. But still, it doesn't work out. If there are 48 bars per box, this means 220 boxes contain 10,560 bars. So there were 94 bars on the shelf and scattered elsewhere around the store???


approximation, anyone?

Secondly, she paid 2,131. This means that she bought each mars bar for 19.99812312312312 pence. This is very cheap for mars bars, no? Cue: Brit to chime in here.


wholesale?


Perhaps there was some promotion on, and she wanted to guarantee her spoiled little son/daughter would win. A bit like that rich father played by Roy Kinear in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory.


perhaps...

Powerbook G5
May 7, 2004, 12:54 AM
I guess she wasn't happy with how her stock in M&M/Mars was going.