back to article Tsk-tsk, fat cat Softcat: Milk-slurping reseller taken to court

London Stock Exchange-listed tech box-shifter Softcat was taken to courts by a Leeds newsagent after the £832m turnover company failed to settle its milk bill. The cream-scooping company, whose gross profits last year were a wallet-bulging £136.3m, was being chased over an unpaid invoice of £840 for its Leeds office. The …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I feel you have milked this story though I won't have a cow about it.

    1. Aladdin Sane

      Now, now, don't be sour.

    2. Warm Braw Silver badge

      El Reg is a red-top, just skim through...

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        If you skim it feels as though it just goes pasteurise.

        1. Korev Silver badge

          Sounds like he was the Softcat that got the cream

    3. Steve Evans

      Yoghurt that right.

      1. John H Woods Silver badge

        Surprised he showed his face in the shop...

        ... How dairy

    4. Mark 85 Silver badge

      At least it wasn't an udder failure.

  2. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    From the report it sounds as if they also ignored the judgement. Would they have noticed the winding up order if el Reg hadn't alerted them? Shame on el Reg for spoiling the fun.

    1. Peter2 Silver badge

      Malik told us that the fat cats agreed to hand over the cream, saying they “were very apologetic” and “settled in full, very quick” once the court claim reached them.

      Sounds like they received the form from the county cort enquiring if they wished to plead guilty, or not guilty, and instead paid him and asked him to vacate the court case.

  3. hugo tyson

    History repeating itself...

    There was a time when "troubled Cambridge micro-maker" Acorn Computers couldn't get milk delivered because of unpaid invoices with every last one of the local newsagents and dairies. Because of idiot finance bods going "oh this little one doesn't matter"...

    1. Korev Silver badge

      Re: History repeating itself...

      A shame they didn't feel the strong ARM of the law...

      1. pleb

        Re: History repeating itself...

        That's the RISC you take.

    2. John H Woods Silver badge

      Re: History repeating itself...

      You mean to tell me that Acorn churned through every last one of its suppliers?

  4. AMBxx Silver badge

    Always pay me bang on time

    Odd, SoftCat have always been one of my better payers. Way to get paid appears to be to check the PO is in place and approved. Not sure how you'd do that with milk though.

  5. adam payne

    It's good to see that he was paid but it really shouldn't have needed to go so far.

  6. MrKrotos

    Soft cat, hard milk?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Sounds like they were saying "hard cheese" to the supplier.

  7. Martin 66

    Udderly ridiculous

    that is all

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    good to know they've got the basics covered

    It's scandalous in our office, the problems we have with milk. (Especially when we have interlopers visiting. Coming here taking our milk...). Pretty sure the staff wouldn't stand to hear the deliveries arn't being paid (we might sit for it though).

    Anyway at least it was settled without relationships really freezing over and that the matter can be put to pasture.

  9. Chris G Silver badge

    When I were a lad in sarf London, people who didn't pay their bills would lack toes free.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I hope they charge them delivery.

  11. Scott 29

    Crying over milk not spilled

    Could have been your headline, instead of that tortured one you ran with.

  12. David Nash

    While there is an amusing side to it, and I appreciate the puns as much as everyone else, it is a symptom of unacceptable treatment of small suppliers, who can ill-afford to give this much credit.

    Just pay your bills on time guys!

    1. anothercynic Silver badge

      Agree with David Nash...

      ... Small suppliers are being taken for a ride, and that someone like Mr Malik had to resort to a court order is downright stupid.

      1. Androgynous Cupboard Silver badge

        Re: Agree with David Nash...

        Also massive props to Mr Malik for handling this the right way. Well played sir, well played.

  13. Stuart Halliday

    Sounds like the supplier pissed off the local manager.

    No use crying over spilled milk?

  14. ravenviz

    Mr Grimsdale!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Mind the stairs.

    2. ravenviz

      Down vote troll's been in tonight

  15. 7teven 4ect

    I'm lactose intolerant and I demand to know why we have not heard from a vegan on this issue?

    1. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Maybe they saw the word "milk" and decided not to read the story. Milk might be contagious you know.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Nowadays it probably needs a "trigger" warning.

  16. Mattjimf

    I guess the shop owner is a fan of Herman's Hermits:

    (no I can't post HTML)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "no I can't post HTML"

      This is the HTML encoded version of the link.

      All you need to do usually is to bracket the URL (in double quotes) like this

      <A HREF="" >

      Followed by the string of text you want to show as covering the link

      then add </A> after that text to terminate the link section

      Use the "Preview" button to check the HTML has been recognised as correctly formatted.

  17. The Nazz

    Better than no supply at all

    In a nearby Yorkshire town ....

    There was a girl from Huddersfield

    Who had a cow that wouldn't yield

    The reason why it wouldn't yield?

    It didn't like it's udders feeled.

    Sorry (again), i get worse.

    It could almost be a parable of modern life, get the written agreement before you get the feeling.

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