There was a real case of misfortune when an elderly shopper in Bradford missed his bus home on Monday, with the result that, frozen goods he had bought were almost defrosted by the time he eventually arrived home.
Ernest Drabble, 72, had gone into the town centre to stock up with provisions after cashing his pension book. He purchased some bread and milk, as well as several packets of the obligatory cigarettes that pensioners need, and then made his way to the Iceland food store to buy some fish.
Whilst there, he also noticed some Choc Ices at a bargain price, and some Frozen Ready Meals, which he thought might be good for those days when you can't make your mind up what to have, and you can't be bothered to do a lot of preparation.
On leaving the store, he proceeded towards the bus stop to catch the 114 back home, but was horrified when the vehicle sped past him as he approached the bus shelter. His watch had started to run slow as a result of a fading battery.
Mr Drabble told other passengers waiting at the bus stop that this was the third time he had missed his bus this week. One, Elsie Pickett, 112,said:
"Poor old sod! He shouldn't have nipped into that newsagents for that porno mag!"