Fife Christmas tree seller asks customers to make deliveries for festive tree discount due to staff shortages
A Christmas tree seller in Fife with a supplier in West Lothian has told of how he is asking customers to make deliveries for him as he cannot find enough staff to fill current vacancies.
Mr Corrie claimed he is offering a £10 discount per tree for those who collect their own tree and deliver another to someone who lives near them.
The news comes as a shortage of HGV drivers has recently led to empty supermarket shelves and problems with fuel supplies across the UK.
He told the BBC: "As with other businesses, I'm very short staffed and cannot get vacancies filled so I had to sit down and think of a way around it.
"There is no way I can't deliver them and leave people without a tree at Christmas. There was no option but to think outside of the box.
"I’ve put this idea to friends and some laughed but others said they think people will help, especially when they know how desperate I am.
"Customers know of the global staff shortage so I'm sure most will be willing to help.
"Quite often people have room on their roof racks for more than one tree."
On average, Mr Corrie told the BBC he sells an average of 1,500 trees each year which are supplied by Charlie Spurway at the Harburn Estate in West Lothian.