Primark: The disgusting meaning behind ‘common’ code word staff say over the tannoy

A former Primark staff member has revealed all sorts of secrets of working at the store. Britons flock to the chain to snap up bargain clothing, homeware and beauty, making it one of the most popular shops in the UK.

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And it seems the excitement gets too much for some, and personal hygiene accidents are a “common” occurrence.

Speaking to the Derby Telegraph, former worker George Allen warned customers to watch out if they heard “code two” being said between staff.

He explained that “urine and faeces on the shop floor is pretty common”, and the use of “code two” is to warn cleaners to expect to find a bodily fluid on the shop floor that needs cleaning up.

George revealed a handful of other secrets from his time working at Primark.

The “hardest” staff are placed on the ground floor, as they have to deal with all manner of people – who may have no interest in shopping or even browsing – coming in off the street.

Staff are given a ten minute folding “crash course” before being let loose on the store.

Overall, George recommended Primark as a place to work.

Unfortunately for Primark and the majority of other shops on the British high street, it has had to close until the lockdown is over – meaning there will be plenty of unsold stock to be had once shops reopen.

Shoppers are having to cut back their spending due to their own work being put on hold or having been furloughed, the government scheme which offers to pay wages up to 80 percent

The nationwide lockdown means retailers are unable to make up the difference of in-store sales with online purchases. 

Sophie Lund-Yates, Equity Analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown commented: “Sitting on too much excess stock is a problem for retailers, especially at a time when demand is weak.

“Not only do lockdowns mean people are less likely to want to treat themselves to a new outfit, but economic uncertainty could see people rein in their spending.”

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However, this could signal good news for those hoping to snag a bargain in the weeks and months to come.

Sophie continued: “One way to tackle an unwanted pile of stock is to put it on the sale racks, either virtually or in physical shops.

“This is a quick fix but isn’t without its problems – gross margins will come under pressure if shops go down this route, and the amount of discounting a business is able to stomach will vary on a case by case basis.”

Sophie mused that the pandemic could even cause a change in the industry’s trend cycle.

She continued: “The other option could be to simply roll out the stock next year. We wonder if the cancellation of major fashion shows will have slowed the progression of new trends, which could mean the unsold items hold their value for longer than usual. 

“Of course it’s too soon to know what the overall impact is going to be, and each retailer will handle the situation differently.”

The excess stock could mean huge sales once the shops are able to reopen, especially for those that don’t take online orders such as Primark. 

The Mirror reported the budget store is sitting on as much as £1.5billion worth of unsold stock as it waits for business to resume. 

So bargain hunters should sharpen their elbows for what could potentially be the sale of the century when lockdown ends.

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