Asda worker tricked into announcing ‘Tesco’s is cheaper’ over tannoy

Prankster tricks Asda worker into announcing ‘Tesco’s is cheaper’ on the supermarket’s tannoy system

  • Michael Bidgood, 29, from Swinton, Gtr Manchester, was in Trafford Park store
  • He called member of staff about ‘lost car keys’ and persuaded her to call his wife
  • Prankster said her first name was ‘Tess’ and her double-barrelled South African surname was ‘Cosis-Chippa’
  • Unwitting employee then said over PA: ‘Can Tess Cosis-Chippa please come to the customer service desk’ 

A prankster conned an Asda worker into making an announcement to the entire supermarket on the PA system proclaiming that ‘Tesco’s is cheaper’.

Michael Bidgood, 29, from Swinton, Greater Manchester, was inside Asda’s Trafford Park supermarket when he played his practical joke.

He called a member of the store’s staff on his mobile and told her he had found car keys – which he claimed he had lost earlier – beside the vehicle, and persuaded her to put out an announcement for his wife so he didn’t have to search for her. 

He then said his wife’s first name was ‘Tess’ and she had a double-barrelled surname ‘Cosis-Chippa’, spelling it and explaining the name was South African.

Michael Bidgood (above), from Swinton, Greater Manchester, calls an Asda employee from inside its Trafford Park store to play a practical joke. After making up a story about ‘lost keys’, he persuades his victim to message his wife – a certain ‘Tess Cosis-Chippa’ – over the tannoy

The unfortunate member of staff then put out a booming alert over the PA system, saying: ‘This is a customer announcement. Can Tess Cosis-Chippa please come to the customer service desk.’

However, it sounded very much like Asda was admitting that ‘Tesco’s is cheaper’.

Mr Bidgood, a traffic management worker, posted the clip on Facebook and it was shared hundreds of times.

‘Belter that, mate,’ replied Tom Grey, who was among dozens of people who appreciated his work.

And it seems even his poor victim saw the funny side.

Although staff at Asda (the Trafford supermarket, pictured) found the 29-year-old traffic management worker’s prank hilarious, the store’s bosses were unamused

Mr Bidgood, a married father, said: ‘I could not stop laughing. I go in there every day for my lunch because I’m working on the new tram stop.

‘As we were leaving, this lady shouted at us to come over and we had a laugh about it. I heard “Excuse me” and she came over and shook my hand saying, “You got me a good one”. She found it hilarious.’

Mr Bidgood was at first unaware his friend was filming the episode but then decided to go along with it.

‘I didn’t think it would get so many views and likes,’ he said. 

Although the Asda staff thought it was hilarious, their bosses took it rather more seriously.

A spokesman for the supermarket giant said: ‘As cheeky as this little prank was, when it comes to being cheaper, winning the Grocer 33 Price Award [the annual grocer ‘Oscars’] for the last 21 years running is all our customers need to know.’

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