Yesterday, the Sceptic Tank ventured out of his central London lair and entered into the seventh circle of hell, aka Oxford Circus.
Displaying an admirable level of foresight we bravely trooped off in pursuit of Christmas presents and instead came face-to-face with the year's worst example of energy profligacy.
The venue was John Lewis, supposedly one of the UK's more right on green retailers. The temperature was somewhere between sweltering and volcanic as grim-faced shoppers wrapped up against the freezing temperatures outside descended into the abyss - or the kitchen and home-ware department as it is officially known.
The solution adopted by John Lewis' somewhat sweaty staff? A giant electric fan propped up by the checkout queue in a desperate attempt to keep customers and themselves cool.
Forget shutting shop doors to save energy, what about not heating the building to tropical levels in the middle of the winter?
Anyways, that's the best example of retail wastefulness the Sceptic Tank has seen in the last 12 months - can you better it?
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