A woman from Blaenllechau has spent the last 2 days in Morrison’s in Porth after getting lost in there following changes to the shop layout.
Mary Fringe, from Blaenllechau went in to do her weekly shop on Wednesday, but wasn’t seen again until today. “I went up what used to be the wine aisle and I found myself surrounded by children’s clothes, I was so disorientated I didnt know where I was.”
The shop’s layout had recently gone through a major re-design, which has left shoppers feeling lost and bewildered.
Mrs Fringe managed to find her way to a corner of the shop by a window, and hold her phone up high enough to get a signal, she then called 999 for help. Luckily the Mines Rescue Service in Dinas were on hand, and came to Mary’s rescue.”
Jimothy Belt of the Mines Rescue Service had this warning for customers, “People need to stop and think about their safety when entering into a newly designed store, they can quickly get disorientated in the strange surroundings. They need to make sure they have the right equipment too, it’s a good job that Mrs Fringe got lost in a well stocked shop, she may have starved. I shall be writing to Morrison’s recommending that they give out maps to customers following any re-arrangements in future.”
Mrs Fringe was able to survive on peanut butter, rocky bars and Volvic sugar free strawberry flavoured water, she has been described by family members as the Bear Grylls of Blaen.
We asked a customer who was leaving the shop empty handed how she found the experience, Porth local Dorothy Dap told us, “It’s absolutely ridiculous really, they’ve taken the gap out of the middle of the aisles, so now once you start you have to walk up the full length of the shop, I’ve only been in there half hour and I’ve already reached my 10000 steps, so I guess it’s not all bad.”
St John’s Ambulance have set up a water station by the exit, equipped with thermal blankets and Kendal Mint Cake as a safety measure. Luckily, no fatalities have been reported so far.
This is the third major shop re-design in the Rhondda this year, a few months ago a man had a lucky escape from the Ferndale Co-op following a redesign which left the shop only slightly different than before.