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‘Slap in the face for elderly customers’ as Barclays closes local bank branch

AN ANGRY MP has publicly slammed Barclays Bank accusing them of disgracefully misleading their customers over another high street branch closure. Siobhain McDonagh, Labour MP for Mithcam and Morden in greater London told BBC Politics London this morning that she was furious that the elderly and most vulnerable in society were being discriminated against and called Barclays out for misleading customers when it came to the reasons for closure.

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ASDA shoppers stunned by supermarket staff member’s response to elderly blind customer

Michael Fuller, who has been blind since he was born and is now 71-years-old, formed a close bond with staff member Kieran O’Rourke who works as a front-end runner. Mr O’Rourke helps Mr Fuller do his shopping almost daily before walking him safely to the front door of his house. As reported by the Manchester Evening News, Mr O’Rourke guides Mr Fuller around the shop by holding his arm, as well as picking up all of the items he needs before packing his backs and helping him pay.

He said: “Kieran’s such a nice, helpful lad; it’s such a pleasure to do my shopping with him.

“Before we start off I will give him a rough idea of what I’m looking for because I know where most things are in the store and in what order we need to go. Kieran remembers what I usually get and he also points out new items and things I may like too.

“I go on most days and that’s the idea so I don’t have to get an awful lot all in one go.”

Mr Fuller explained that he would be lost without the help of both the 23-year-old and the rest of the shop staff, who frequently assist him during his visits.

He added: “The store’s on a very, very busy road. Getting there is traumatic enough, but I do need some help getting back with my shopping and Kieran kindly brings me back. He is really, really good.”

Since joining the store three years ago, Mr O’Rourke has helped Mr Fuller on an almost daily basis.

He said: “He’s a really good bloke and he’s always saying that our store is the best. We’ve developed quite a bond and we get on really well.

“Michael doesn’t do big shops, but comes in for bits and pieces almost every day. He doesn’t have a list, he just does it from memory. He may come in twice a day if he’s forgotten something!

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“We talk about all sorts really – how his wife is, what he got up to when he was younger. He loves cooking and is always giving out tips too.”

Despite living on the same road as the Asda Strelley store in Nottingham he shops at, Mr Fuller has to walk across a busy road which can take a long time if he does not have someone there to help.

Asda has nominated Mr O’Rourke for a service superstar award because of his kindness, though he claimed to just be doing what comes naturally.

He said: “I think it’s nice to treat someone the way you would like to be treated if you were in a similar situation.”

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Laura Morris, the store manager of Asda Strelley, said: “Michael comes to our store particularly because of Kieran’s help and is extremely grateful. He told us he’s our customer for life as he doesn’t receive the same level of customer service from anywhere else he goes.

“Kieran is amazing with all his customers, but with Michael he definitely goes above and beyond. Well done Kieran, keep up the great work.”

ASDA shared the story on its Facebook page, quickly garnering over 48,000 likes and numerous comments praising Mr O’Rourke.

Responding to the post, one shopper wrote: “Fabulous.. Kieran is certainly going the Extra Mile ..You just can’t beat great customer service ! Well done Asda for employing such a wonderful young gentleman.”

Another said: “Lovely story. You’re a gentleman for helping this guy, it will mean so much to him.”

“What a lovely story and how lovely is Kieran, his Parents must be so proud of him. He must make shopping a pleasure for the Gentleman he helps. They must really enjoy each other’s company,” praised a third shopper.

A fourth exclaimed: “What a lovely story, well done Kieran for helping this gentleman you definitely go the extra mile, so nice to see good people making good news.”

Additional reporting by Rachel Pugh.

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Elderly drivers urged to use online licence renewal tool offering a range of benefits

The DVLA says “more and more licence holders” are now choosing the online service as drivers can secure a range of benefits. New figures from the DVLA show around six in 10 over 70 year olds now use the online tool.

“The next time you need to renew your driving licence, our advice is to try the online service and see for yourself just how easy and convenient it is.”

As well as saving on the price of posting off an application, drivers can also benefit from quicker delivery times.

Whereas a postal application could take weeks for a new driving licence to arrive, the online service promises delivery within five days.

Using GOV.UK customers can be assured they are dealing with the official DVLA and that applications are safe and secure.

She said: “It is fantastic to see more drivers over the age of 70 choosing to renew their licences online.

“The sharp increase in online renewals since 2016 is testament to how quick and easy this process is and I hope the trend will continue as more people choose to experience these benefits for themselves.”

Drivers can renew an expired driving licence through the GOV.UK website for just £14. 

However, drivers renewing ebcaise they resch 70 years old do not need to pay for tehir new card. 

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Drivers hit back at elderly road restriction plans – 'stop attacking the older generation'

Some campaigners are pushing for older drivers to be subjected to annual or bi-annual medical checks to ensure they are safe on the road. One proposal would send the results of medical checks to the DVLA to make sure drivers with severe medical conditions are picked up before getting behind the wheel.
They said: “Any advanced driver, as I am, will tell you reactionary drivers cause accidents.

“Those who plan and read the road ahead, at speeds to suit conditions, rarely need to swerve or react needlessly.

“I’ve driven over a million miles, causing or having no accidents. I’m 67 and trust my doctor and optician to tell me if I am no longer fit to drive.”

However, another road user warned securing regular medical checks could be an issue for many drivers.

The rules would also introduce a strict 20 to 30 mile distance limit from a driver’s home, making it impossible to drive to a holiday destination or visit friends and family.

Telematics black box tools would also be installed in vehicles as a form of tracking device to ensure drivers stick to the rules.

The black box could also be used to monitor drivers’ ability behind the wheel with any concerning reports further analysed.

One road user warned applying restrictions onto older drivers would be a “massive vote loser”.

Meanwhile, another road user suggested roadside checks on drivers would be “far more effective” than blanket restrictions.

They said: “Roadside drug and alcohol tests would be far more effective. They can be easily set up just like traffic census points.”

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‘So out of touch’: Elderly billionaire Real Madrid president Perez claims young people shun football and ‘in 2024 we are all dead’

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has been slammed for being “so out of touch” following comments made in an interview on Spanish television attempting to justify the creation of the controversial new European Super League.

Speaking on the hugely-popular El Chiringuito show, the elderly billionaire stated that the LaLiga champions are financially “ruined” after losing $ 482 million over the past two seasons, while $ 6 billion has been lost collectively between the 12 founding outfits.

Claiming that the move is being made in a bid “to save football at this critical moment”, Perez just as outlandishly said that that “young people are no longer interested in football”, putting forward ideas to shorten 90-minute matches in order to keep their attention. 

“Audiences are decreasing and rights are decreasing and something had to be done. We are all ruined. Television has to change so we can adapt,” Perez insisted.

In Perez’s view, the younger generation are tuning out “because there are a lot of poor quality games and they are not interested – they have other platforms on which to distract themselves.”

In response to reforms to its flagship club competition passed by UEFA on Monday, Perez argued: “If we continue with the Champions League, there is less and less interest and then it’s over.

“The new format, which starts in 2024, is absurd. In 2024 we are all dead.

“When you have no income other than television, you say that the solution is to make more attractive matches that fans from all over the world can see with all the big clubs, and we came to the conclusion that if instead of having a Champions League we have a Super League, we would be able to alleviate what we have lost.”

Reacting on Twitter, the majority of fans were against the ESL, calling Perez “out of touch” for spouting “so much nonsense” and “utter drivel”.

“What young people is he speaking to?” one asked, while a critic noted: “He is doing the ‘millennials killed insert business’ stuff.”

Another wondered: “Is he just burning down the house at this point for fun and thinking it’s a blaze of glory?”

“Legacy fans are stuck in the past, future fans are simple-minded with a short attention span, and managers and players are irrelevant and obsequious to the slave God, Money? What’s the goal here?”

Elsewhere, it has been claimed by a couple of different outlets that some of the founding clubs are getting cold feet already. 

“Two English clubs are close to losing their nerve,” wrote a journalist from the Mail on Sunday, while another from Sky said that there are now “strong differences of opinion emerging in private between breakaway clubs”.

There is reportedly a feeling from some “nervous” and “disappointed” execs that they are “being hung out to dry”, and that the project and its resulting furor are not what they signed up for.

By contrast, the BBC claimed that “there is no weakening of resolve within the six English clubs who have signed up to ESL”, as the plans have “been thought through and will benefit the game as a whole”, with bosses “waiting for the storm to die down”.

In the Premier League, Everton have released one of the strongest-worded statements yet in criticism of the developments, saying that those behind it were “betraying the majority of football supporters across our country and beyond” while demonstrating “preposterous arrogance”.

“Six clubs acting entirely in their own interests. Six clubs tarnishing the reputation of our league and the game,” it scathed, addressing its domestic rivals who have opted to join the ESL.

Trying to lighten the mood, Wolverhampton Wanderers have altered their Twitter bio to imagine an edition of the English top flight that they would have won had the six ESL clubs gone through with their plan before then. “Probably too late for a parade,” they admitted.
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Elderly drivers could need to get a driving licence signed by GP under new proposals

Victoria Batman has started a campaign to require extra checks on road users after her 11-year old son Josh died following a crash involving an elderly driver. She has embarked on a campaign to change the law to ensure elderly drivers are safe to drive before they get beyond the wheel.
But there is no legal limit on what age drivers must stop using their cars.

Drivers are supposed to tell the DVLA if they have a medical condition which would disqualify them from holding a licence.

However, some police forces have reported as many as 30 percent of over 70s with medical conditions fail to inform the DVLA of the issue.

Department for Transport data has also revealed over 70s are more likely to be involved in driver error collisions.

“I understand that old people are reluctant to give up their licenses as it is key to their independence.

“It’s a way of getting out and communicating with others, it stops them feeling isolated and alone.

“There’s plenty of capable 70-year-old drivers, it’s not everybody, but at the moment the checks and the law aren’t strong enough.”

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Drivers attack elderly road restrictions warning 'freedom is coming to an end'

Some motorists warned pensioners could “start rioting” if the new measures were introduced while others urged the Government to take a tougher approach on younger drivers instead. Discussions between the DVLA and Driving Mobility have suggested elderly drivers with medical conditions such as epilepsy and dementia would benefit from restricted driving.
This would mean the motorist would only be allowed to drive at certain times and could not leave their local areas.

The plan was widely attacked by Express.co.uk readers with warning the scheme was just the beginning of a wider plan.

They said: “Ageism! This will start with elderly drivers, then trickle down to certain other drivers, then become the norm for everyone.

“Smart cars will be engineered to take you only to certain places.

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“They are not all drooling into their Weetabix the moment they hit 60.”

A few readers also claimed older drivers were safer than younger motorists and called for schemes to be targeted at different age range.

Another said: “Look at the age group that has the most accidents and ban them from the road. It won’t be the over 70s.”

However, road casualty data from the Department for Transport found more elderly road users were killed or seriously injured on the roasts in 2019.

A total of 5,604 young drivers between the ages of 17 and 24 were killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions in 2019 compared to 6,312 over 70s.

Some Express.co.uk readers supported the proposals with one driver warning they were “slowing down” in their later years.

They said: “Excellent idea. There are far too many older people on the roads who should have given up their licenses long ago.

“I am approaching 70 and know that I am slowing down.”

Another added: “Good. Too many old drivers clogging up the roads.

“Catch the bus to the bowls club instead.”

The Department for Transport has claimed drivers over the age of 70 were more likely to be involved in collisions caused by driver error than other age groups.

Common mistakes include failing to look at another vehicle or carrying out a poor vehicle manoeuvre.

Edward Trewhella, Chief executive of Drive Mobility said: “A lot of older drivers stick within their own locality.

“They go to the shop, the doctor’s surgery, go and see a granddaughter down the road, probably on minor roads with which they are familiar.”

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Elderly drivers could face tough new road restrictions – curfews and distance limits

However, the restrictions are expected to be met negatively by older drivers who fear losing some of their freedoms under the proposals.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, TV and radio presenter Johnny Ball claimed he was a better driver now than when he was younger.

He said: “We’re all getting younger as we get older if you like, we are all living older. I think it’s terrible to put these restrictions in.

“Of course some people can’t drive when they are older but if you can you can’t restrict people.

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Fury as Morrisons cuts More points card: 'Put a sign up saying elderly unwelcome'

In fact, a petition has been launched to try and reverse the decision, created by a Morrisons employee.

The employee wrote: “As a Morrisons employee, I see daily the amount of elderly customers that use the card and save the points up year round to use for Christmas and other celebrations.

“Also the push to move exclusively to a mobile phone app may not suit the older generation who are sometimes (not always!) not tech savvy.

“I believe this is a severe mistake and needs reversing ASAP!”

The petition is close to its 1,000 signatures goal, after which the employee says he will present it to his employer.

Piers Morgan scolded by elderly lady for Meghan remarks on 7-mile walk with Simon Cowell

“‘You annoyed me so much with what you said about Meghan this morning!’ an elderly lady scolded me,” he stated.

“‘You’re laughing as you say that, though,’ observed Simon,” the outspoken journalist continued.

“‘Yes!’ she chuckled. ‘Piers is naughty, but I like him… apart from this morning!'”

Piers went on to say others they encountered were “a bit weird”, which saw Simon explains his reason for quitting Twitter.