One of the more colourful press releases that the old boy received last month was another of those “Have they nothing better to do with their time?”-type research pieces which purported to investigate the creative ways that people attempt to save money. (It was actually a very thinly-veiled sales pitch for energy-switching service The Labrador, but hey ho.)
Turns out that the Scots are the most likely to steal toilet rolls and washing up liquid from their workplace to use at home, with 15% of respondents saying they do this. Apparently, the region least likely to do this is Wales, where only 9% of respondents have stolen toilet roll. UTC had an interesting but unprintable opinion on why our Celtic cousins weren’t fussed about toilet roll.
Unsurprisingly, given the amount of rainfall it receives, Scotland also ranked as the region least likely to re-use washing up water or bathwater to water the garden. However, a surprising 7% of cannier-than-most Scots admitted to making a point of being away at Christmas to save money on buying gifts for others.
Sadly, the survey didn’t drill down far enough to reveal how many Scots give stolen bog roll as Christmas presents.