The announcement yesterday of the end of the week-long action by members of the Razor Retailers Union created chaos in London as it coincided with last night's tube strike.
Thousands irritated by the recent scarcity of razors left work early to beat the rush to the shops. Despite extra buses being laid on by London Transport, many were clearly feeling prickly about not being able to have access to their underground surfaces.
"I was really itching to leave work but I could see I was not the only one", said city worker Julie Andrews. "The bus queues were horrendous. The streets were bristling with crowds and people were spilling out into the busy rush-hour traffic. It was a fairly hairy situation I can tell you and I wouldn't be surprised if there weren't more than a few close shaves as the evening progressed."