Shops in York's Shambles lose a day's trading because of power cut

York Press: Shops in York's Shambles lose a day's trading because of power cut Shops in York's Shambles lose a day's trading because of power cut

BUSINESSES in the historic heart of York have suffered an all-day power cut today on one of their busiest days of the year.

Northern Powergrid said an underground cable fault in Shambles affected electricity supplies to 46 properties in the street, and also nearby streets including Silver Street and Little Shambles.

A spokesman said the fault was reported at 8.40 am and supplies were restored to all but one property by 5.24 pm.

Cox's Leather Shop in Shambles tweeted: "Half of Shambles had no power today so closed on one of our busiest days of the year. Npower will not compensate."

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1:33pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Pedro says...

The shops could take out insurance against such an event if they so wished. Clearly they choice not to.
The shops could take out insurance against such an event if they so wished. Clearly they choice not to. Pedro

2:48pm Mon 16 Dec 13

pbrowne2009@live.co.uk says...

lost a days trading - are you serious?

'Sorry sir, you may not purchase that item with cash as the till is down'.
Its not illegal to provide a hand written receipt.

Card sales on most tills can be done in offline mode, all transactions are stored on the till, and when power comes back up, the sales are processed to the bank. Like wise, hand written receipts can be processed. If its stock control they are worried about, make notes what items have been sold and put them through the till later to adjust stock.

I would hate to think that when the power goes down, all the shops in the world will stop trading.
lost a days trading - are you serious? 'Sorry sir, you may not purchase that item with cash as the till is down'. Its not illegal to provide a hand written receipt. Card sales on most tills can be done in offline mode, all transactions are stored on the till, and when power comes back up, the sales are processed to the bank. Like wise, hand written receipts can be processed. If its stock control they are worried about, make notes what items have been sold and put them through the till later to adjust stock. I would hate to think that when the power goes down, all the shops in the world will stop trading. pbrowne2009@live.co.uk

4:52pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Caecilius says...

It hardly matters, does it, as (a small but loud minority of) city centre traders claim that tumbleweed is blowing through the deserted streets and scarcely a customer is coming into their shops because they can't drive their cars across Lendal Bridge between 10.30 a.m. and 5 p.m. However difficult it is to reconcile their claims with the sight of crowds pouring across the bridge on foot from the railway station and thronging the footstreets.
It hardly matters, does it, as (a small but loud minority of) city centre traders claim that tumbleweed is blowing through the deserted streets and scarcely a customer is coming into their shops because they can't drive their cars across Lendal Bridge between 10.30 a.m. and 5 p.m. However difficult it is to reconcile their claims with the sight of crowds pouring across the bridge on foot from the railway station and thronging the footstreets. Caecilius

4:54pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Pedro says...

Should have seen the three day week. I went in shops which were lit by lanterns! Can you imagine that today?
Should have seen the three day week. I went in shops which were lit by lanterns! Can you imagine that today? Pedro

5:29pm Mon 16 Dec 13

muckybutt says...

pbrowne2009@live.co.
uk
wrote:
lost a days trading - are you serious?

'Sorry sir, you may not purchase that item with cash as the till is down'.
Its not illegal to provide a hand written receipt.

Card sales on most tills can be done in offline mode, all transactions are stored on the till, and when power comes back up, the sales are processed to the bank. Like wise, hand written receipts can be processed. If its stock control they are worried about, make notes what items have been sold and put them through the till later to adjust stock.

I would hate to think that when the power goes down, all the shops in the world will stop trading.
It will be a case of health and safety why they had to shut the shops, shop owners like everyone else have a duty of care to their customers that is to maintain a safe environment for their customers and employees alike, if there are no lights then that is not a safe environment.
Emergency lighting should come on but that is designed purely for escape use.
[quote][p][bold]pbrowne2009@live.co. uk[/bold] wrote: lost a days trading - are you serious? 'Sorry sir, you may not purchase that item with cash as the till is down'. Its not illegal to provide a hand written receipt. Card sales on most tills can be done in offline mode, all transactions are stored on the till, and when power comes back up, the sales are processed to the bank. Like wise, hand written receipts can be processed. If its stock control they are worried about, make notes what items have been sold and put them through the till later to adjust stock. I would hate to think that when the power goes down, all the shops in the world will stop trading.[/p][/quote]It will be a case of health and safety why they had to shut the shops, shop owners like everyone else have a duty of care to their customers that is to maintain a safe environment for their customers and employees alike, if there are no lights then that is not a safe environment. Emergency lighting should come on but that is designed purely for escape use. muckybutt

5:31pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Dave Ruddock says...

oh the miricle of electricity, the shop holders have no back up, hope they are all prepared now .
oh the miricle of electricity, the shop holders have no back up, hope they are all prepared now . Dave Ruddock

2:37am Tue 17 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

pbrowne2009@live.co.
uk
wrote:
lost a days trading - are you serious?

'Sorry sir, you may not purchase that item with cash as the till is down'.
Its not illegal to provide a hand written receipt.

Card sales on most tills can be done in offline mode, all transactions are stored on the till, and when power comes back up, the sales are processed to the bank. Like wise, hand written receipts can be processed. If its stock control they are worried about, make notes what items have been sold and put them through the till later to adjust stock.

I would hate to think that when the power goes down, all the shops in the world will stop trading.
It suprises me that these buisnesses don't invest in Uninterruptable Power Supplies... you can buy them from Maplins to keep your PC running during a power failure, and as a till is just a PC with a different face on then a UPS would keep their buisness going. I'd like to think that in order to obtain a buisness license they had to comply with fire regulations which would have included fitting emergency lighting for the event of a power failure.
[quote][p][bold]pbrowne2009@live.co. uk[/bold] wrote: lost a days trading - are you serious? 'Sorry sir, you may not purchase that item with cash as the till is down'. Its not illegal to provide a hand written receipt. Card sales on most tills can be done in offline mode, all transactions are stored on the till, and when power comes back up, the sales are processed to the bank. Like wise, hand written receipts can be processed. If its stock control they are worried about, make notes what items have been sold and put them through the till later to adjust stock. I would hate to think that when the power goes down, all the shops in the world will stop trading.[/p][/quote]It suprises me that these buisnesses don't invest in Uninterruptable Power Supplies... you can buy them from Maplins to keep your PC running during a power failure, and as a till is just a PC with a different face on then a UPS would keep their buisness going. I'd like to think that in order to obtain a buisness license they had to comply with fire regulations which would have included fitting emergency lighting for the event of a power failure. Magicman!

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