Friday the 13th of October 2006 is currently a day which will be remembered as the day Christmas 2006 was ripped from the hands of all Agents/customers of Farepak Food & Gifts Limited. Hundreds of thousands of people had saved faithfully each month (sometimes having to rob Peter to pay Paul) to ensure that Christmas would be taken care of by the delivery of hampers and shopping vouchers. As it stands at this point no hampers, no shopping vouchers - NOTHING - will be delivered as Farepak Food & Gifts Limited are now in receivership/administration. In June 2006, European Home Retail Ltd (Farepak\'s parent company) advised that their funding would not last past the autumn and that they would be seeking additional funding. No customers of Farepak were given any warning about this. 23 August 2006 EHR\'s shares were suspended from trading on the Stock Market, again, no customers were given any warning yet Farepak\'s bank, HBOS (Halifax Bank of Scotland) allowed Farepak to continue trading pulling in at least Â£1million per week. Mr Frank Field MP (Labour) states "If HBOS didn\'t know they were taking Xmas savings from poorer people, then they were either fools or knaves - let them choose which. A goodwill gesture now could clear the air rather than wait for the Department of Trade and Industry investigation," We therefore call upon HBOS to make good which they helped make so wrong on that fateful day of Friday 13th October 2006 and restore the savings that each customer made in good faith throughout the year. This petition will be delivered to HBOS (snail and email) on 11 December 2006. If you support the fact that HBOS should return all customer payments in full, please sign below.
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