Costa Coffee chaos as hundreds queue for HOURS after UK stores reopen – and even the cops join in – The Sun
The popular high street chain has been one of the first coffee shops to reopen some branches after its 27,000 stores in the UK were closed in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown.
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But huge queues at some of the reopened drive-throughs over the weekend caused huge tailbacks with some customers said to be waiting for hours for their favourite brew.
Sightings of large queues in Scotland and Yorkshire, have been reported, as well as Watford and Nottingham.
Even the cops were in need of a caffeine fix as a police van was spotted in line at the branch in Manchester.
The queue for the drive-through in Glasgow near the Braehead Shopping Centre was said to stretch as far back to the main road near the M8 in Hillington.
In Edinburgh, drivers queued around the car park as they waited to be served by the baristas, who were wearing protective gloves and masks.
In the Scottish capital, two Costas were open, the Sharpdale and South Bridge branches.
One man who had gone out for his food shop at the Iceland branch at the Snowhill Retail Park in Wakefield, said in a Facebook post there were scenes of “chaos” as he tried to get to the store.
James Gallivan wrote: "Just been up to Snow Hill for some shopping from Iceland.
"We had to queue for 10 mins just to get onto the retail park to only see the whole queue was for Costa Coffee!! On way out the Queues had got even worse, right back to The Vine Tree (Capri) roundabout!!!
"The road was in chaos, a police car couldn't even get through at one point!
"Seriously people of Wakefield give your head a shake if a coffee is that important to you, WE ARE ON LOCKDOWN!!!!!
"Carrying on like this we will never get rid of this Virus, pure madness!!!!!"
The Costa Coffee's that opened at the weekend
- Edinburgh Sharpdale
- Enterprise Swansea
- Glasgow Braehead
- St Ives
- Toddington North
- Toddington South
- Wakefield Snowhill
- Watford Arches Retail Park
Most people appeared to agree with him.
One comment read: "Absolute morons the whole bloody lot of them. Costa should be shut down again.
"The lockdown has NOT been lifted."
While another said: "I wonder how many of these morons have only just gone out to get a coffee… probably walking past their kettle in the process!!! And this is why we can’t have nice things!!"
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