'I'll redeem your HMV vouchers'
Greg Hemphill has offered to send out box sets of his sitcom Still Game to HMV customers left with useless gift vouchers.
The comedian offered DVDs to the first 20 fans who tweeted him pictures of their now-worthless certificates.
The High Street chain stopped honouring the vouchers when it went into administration yesterday, with customers holding them treated as low-priority unsecured creditors.
But if HMV finds a buyer, as many analysts expect, the new owner may honour them as a sign of goodwill.
For those not prepared to take that risk, Hemphill made his offer to his 50,000 Twitter followers this morning.
He wrote: ‘Send me your HMV gift certificate, I will send you a Still Game box set. I can’t offer you HMV’s range, but we can offer them the finger.'
Adding that he was serious, he added:‘I’m good for about 20 of the useless fucking things (gift certificates.)’
However, by this afternoon his stock had gone.
At least one of Hemphill’s followers said he hoped other celebrities might make similarly generous gestures to help those lumbered with the worthless vouchers.
Published: 15 Jan 2013