Islington shopper left in shock after paying £750 for three birthday cards

12:16 15 August 2012

Would you pay £750 for these three cards bought from Joy in Upper Street?

Would you pay £750 for these three cards bought from Joy in Upper Street?


An Islington shopper could have bought the world’s most expensive birthday cards – after he was charged £250 each for three.

James Bertin was shocked when he discovered the mistake two days after purchasing the cards at Joy in Upper Street.

Having unwittingly paid £750 in all – 100 times the £7.50 value of the cards – he was pushed over his overdraft limit and had to wait days for the refund to clear.

Mr Bertin, 32, of Marlborough Road, Upper Holloway, who works for the Environment Agency, said: “It’s a bit ironic that the shop’s called Joy because I’ve not had a lot of it.”

The till has no display that gives the amount of purchases. The figure is only shown on the card machine.

A spokesman for Joy said: “We are extremely sorry for the mistake.” Joy refunded Mr Bertin the full amount the moment bosses realised what had happened. They have offered to cover any bank charges as well as giving him a gift voucher.


Latest News Stories

7 minutes ago
Holloway Prison. Picture: Rebecca Naden/PA

Holloway Prison is to close, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said this afternoon.

Audrey Bailey celebrating her 90th birthday in the Mayor's Parlour at Islington Town Hall accompanied by her husband George Bailey and her daughter Sara

She was just three weeks old when her mother handed her over to strangers. But now, nearly 90 years on, former Islington resident Audrey Bailey has been welcomed back to her birthplace by the Mayor himself.

Islington trading standards officer Doug Love with bottles of counterfeit alcohol

A tough stance on sale of illicit alcohol and smuggled spirits in Islington is saving the treasury almost half a million pounds in lost duty every year.

Yesterday, 18:01
Khayerul Miah, pictured, and his brother have joined IS in Syria

The two young men from Kentish Town who left the UK to fight for Islamic State (IS) in Syria are former pupils of Acland Burghley School.

Yesterday, 15:10
An officer arranges flowers at the stabbing scene in Yoke Close

The 17-year-old boy who was stabbed to death in Holloway last night was found by members of the public.

Yesterday, 14:10
Vallie founders Robin Doble (L) and Nash Islam (R)

Tech City is the third largest technology hub in the world, and it’s right on our doorstep. Each week, we bring you news from the thriving area around Old Street roundabout. This week, reporter Sophie Inge talks to Nash Islam, co-founder of Vallie, the UK’s first on-demand app-based valet parking service.

Yesterday, 11:00
Emily Thornberry

The Russian mafia could end up controlling publicly owned land under proposed laws, Islington South and Finsbury’s MP has warned.

Yesterday, 08:30
The London Fire Brigade has put forward proposals to axe 13 fire engines - including one from Islington - to fill an £11million budget black hole

‘All the conversation now is about social media, removing something as important as this is a false economy’ say Tories

Most read news


Tesco - Every little helps

Would you like to have the opportunity to win a huge £2,500 to spend at Tesco? Well with this amazing prize you can do exactly that! MyOffers are giving you the chance to get your hands on £2,500 to spend on anything you desire may it be free weekly groceries for the foreseeable future, a new TV, home decoration or even a new sofa!

You could get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge!

Here’s your chance to win one of the most feature-packed smartphones on the planet, from tech giants Samsung, The Samsung S6 Edge!

Digital Edition

Read the Islington Gazette e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder