- Leighton Dunn, 30, purchased a £24.99 fake fir tree from Home Bargains
- But when he returned home and opened the box he found it was almost bare
- Home Bargains admitted the tree had ‘slipped through quality control’ and described it as an ‘isolated incident’
- Have you had a similar experience with a Christmas tree? If so, send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
Is this Britain’s saddest looking Christmas tree?
Leighton Dunn, 30, decided to get into the festive spirit by purchasing a £24.99 fake fir tree from Home Bargains.
But when he returned home and opened the box he discovered it was almost bare.
The forlorn looking tree had gaps missing in the middle with just a number of sparse branches.
Home Bargains admitted the tree had ‘slipped through quality control’ and described it as an ‘isolated incident’.
Leighton Dunn was left disappointed by the £24.99 Christmas tree he bought from Home Bargains
The sorry looking tree Mr Dunn bought had gaps in the middle and just a few empty branches
Leighton Dunn said he didn’t even want to buy a tree this year but was persuaded to by his girlfriend
Mr Dunn’s artificial tree bore little resemblance to the ‘luxury six foot’ Christmas tree advertised on the Home Bargains website, where they boast of it being the ‘ultimate festive centrepiece’.
The 30-year-old, from Newport, said: ‘I didn’t even want a tree this year but my partner kept on at me to buy one, so did my mum, she kept saying I have to get one.
‘When I opened it I thought “I can’t believe we bought this £30 where are the rest of the branches?”
‘I think it was the last one of that kind in the store. It was supposed to be a 6ft tree with warm white lights already on it.’
Mr Dunn’s artificial tree bore little resemblance to the ‘luxury six foot’ Christmas tree advertised on the Home Bargains website
He added: ‘My family seemed to find it funny. When I sent them a photo my sister said it could only happen to me.’
A spokesman for Home Bargains said: ‘Having reviewed the images of the customer’s Christmas tree, we believe this to be an isolated case which has slipped through our stringent quality control process.
‘We encourage the customer to return the product to store, where we will happily exchange it.’