Hard proof there is dreadful poverty in this country


Post-Christmas shoppers break the bank

Eager shoppers have splurged on clothing, jewellery and food in a record-breaking post-Christmas spending spree.

A staggering $404 million was spent on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, according to the latest Paymark figures.

Last-minute shoppers set a new record by spending $263.5 million across the Paymark network on Christmas Eve, up 10 per cent from last year.

Paymark head of customer relations Mark Spicer said Christmas Eve smashed all their records.

“Not only did we see the highest ever spending value through the network, we also saw the highest number of transactions at 4.8 million.”

The number of transactions peaked between noon and 1pm on Christmas Eve, with 156 purchases per second.

South Island shoppers led the last-minute buying rush on Christmas Eve.  Otago, Canterbury and Nelson saw large jumps in spending.

Bargain hunters also splurged $140 million at the Boxing Day sales, $6.4 million more than the 2013 Paymark figure.

Reports of fainting shoppers and overcrowded stores emerged from the Boxing Day madness.

Don’t you see?  We’re broke!   All the money spent on sales.   No wonder we can’t afford shoes for children, or money for breakfasts and lunches – we spent it all on sales!

HIGHEST EVER spending on clothing and jewelry!   THE ESSENTIALS!!!

Next time Labour and the Greens tell us that there is deep poverty in our country, we have to believe them.  The scales have fallen from our uncaring right-wing eyes!


– Marika Hill, Stuff

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