'Unwanted gift' returned on Christmas Day in South Yorkshire before 10am

There are surely lots of us who were disappointed with the presents we received on Christmas Day

Saturday, 28th December 2019, 4:18 pm

But it appears one unhappy recipient in South Yorkshire was so upset they didn’t even wait till that afternoon to return a package via the post.

Someone took a parcel to a Collect+ store in Barnsley to be returned at 9.32am on Christmas Day, according to payment systems firm PayPoint.

That was only the 10th earliest package to be returned that day, with the first being dropped off in Salisbury, Wiltshire, at 7.02am.

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People were able to return unwanted gifts via some convenience stores on Christmas Day (pic: Peter Byrne/PA Wire)

In total, 419 parcels were returned on Christmas Day through the Collect+ service at local convenience stores across the UK, with some customers returning more than one item.

While it is not known whether all those parcels were unwanted gifts, it is likely that at least some were being returned by disappointed recipients.

There were hundreds of potentially happier customers who collected parcels on the big day, with 1,043 packages being picked up from convenience stores which were open on Christmas Day.

Lewis Alcraft, chief commercial officer at PayPoint, said: "Whilst most of us tucked into our turkey dinners on Christmas Day, thousands of staff at convenience stores were hard at work.

"Collect+ has transformed services in communities to ensure that people can receive gifts and parcels at nearby collection points, while also offering a way for those who weren't overjoyed at what Santa brought them to return their presents."