Dublin experiences shop ‘bedlam’ – huge queues as Christmas shoppers ‘fight over sprouts’

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With just two days until Christmas Day, shoppers have gone online to share their manic experiences at packed shops. On Thursday, one shopping centre in Blanchardstown appeared to be hit badly. Videos and pictures posted online showed huge queues running outside Dunnes Stores and through the entire shopping centre.

One person wrote on Twitter: “Thought I’d be clever and get to Dunnes Blanch at 8am this morning…. It was f**king bedlam.

“Oul ones fighting over Brussels sprouts and queues for the tills blocking every aisle with trolley rage thrown in. I had to leave after five mins…”

Many others complained about waiting for hours to enter the store.

Another person wrote on social media: “Let me tell you. Last minute Christmas shopping in Blanch is not a vibe.

“Hour and a half queue into Dunnes.

“Be nice to retail workers lads they’re gonna be flat out.”

Someone else claimed hundreds of people were in the shop.

They wrote on social media: “Greetings from Dunnes in Blanch, where an 8am start to do the big Christmas shop seemed like a great idea for at least 500 other people too.”

Another person. Michael Walker, tweeted: “What is up, Dunnes Stores?

“There are no restrictions on retail at the moment but you’re making me queue for over 30 mins just to get inside?”

John Ward added: “Whoever is the manager of @dunnesstores in Blanchardstown should be fired immediately.

“Total dangerous chaos.

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“Apart from the Covid chaos people in queues are putting defrosted frozen food back in the freezers.

“No staff visible at the door. No queue. Management, shame on you!”

While others saw the funny side of the chaos.

Lucy Michael tweeted: “Bought a very sparkly skirt in Dunnes Stores yesterday to wear on Christmas Day and they didn’t remove (the) security tag.

“Now I’m forced to choose whether to brave a Dunnes before Xmas or not wear the skirt till next year…”

Many other people took to social media to praise the staff – who are reportedly supposed to work until 2am on Christmas Day.

One person, Orlamas McDermott, added: “Good craic at the Dunnes tills today!

“They’re up to their eyeballs, but keeping spirits up.”

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