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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 …


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  1. irish donkey

    The Queens Knickers.....

    my kids love this book...........

    Special offer might be worth a visit to WH Smith's.

    Interesting advertising strategy by the way.

  2. Blofeld's Cat

    In other news...

    "New bestseller tops children's books list..."

    "Author faints on receiving royalties cheque..."

    "Buckingham Palace dismisses laundry workers..."

    "Angry scenes at WH Smith refund desk..."

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This story is pants

    The post is required, and must contain letters.

  4. TeeCee Gold badge

    Of course it's not a hack!

    For the lulz you'd do this to Marks and Spencer.......

    1. LinkOfHyrule

      Re: Of course it's not a hack!

      This isint just any hack attack - its an M&S hacking fucktacular!

  5. Pinkerton

    My money is on WH Smith

    What are the chances of the hackers putting the apostrophe in correctly? Slim to none I would suggest!

    1. jake Silver badge

      @Pinkerton (was: Re: My money is on WH Smith)

      You forgot the quotes around "hackers" ...

  6. Maverick

    investigation required

    to get to the bottom of this

    OK OK I'm off though wasn't my cock up (oo-err missus)

  7. Anonymous John

    Can't find any on Ebay yet.

  8. Andus McCoatover

    I think those receipts might be collectibles one day...

    Hope folks hang onto them!

    1. Tom 7

      Re: I think those receipts might be collectibles one day...

      I thought receipts were made with that ink that becomes invisible after you leave the shop to prevent you asking for refunds?

      I know I scan my receipts directly into my accounts cos I'd hate to go head to head with the taxman over a bunch of blank ones.

  9. Roger Kynaston

    At least it wasn't

    Phil the Greeks Keks!

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Or Even......

    The Dog's Bo**ocks - £5.99 - On Special 3 for 2 Offer

  11. fLaMePrOoF

    First cock-up the Queens Knickers in a long while...

    1. despicable me

      Hi fLaMePrOoF

      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.


  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    As usual

    Maybe they'll start offering the Queen's Knickers at the checkout along with their "Can I interest you in any sweaty bags of sweets or melted chocolate I have strategically placed by the checkout to go with your copy of Auto Trader today?"

  13. George Nacht

    Now I feel really old

    I still remember times, when a company would do anything to blame any troubles on "hackers".

    Now the situation reverts itself, and company rather claims their own mistake than admits software vulnerability.

    Or, of course, it was really their technical mishap and they are simply honest people...

    Anything´s possible, I guess.

  14. MichaelBirks

    Someone's not updating their stock database in the SQL, are they?

    That sounds like the time (ahem, theoretical possibility) someone forgot to add the WHERE clause to an UPDATE statement.

  15. Gareth 7

    Actually it was a hack

    Some dick was hacking about with the code and fucked up.

    Get's on my goat being an old foggy who actually remembers what these terms actually used to mean before the l33t generation got hold of them.

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