A SHOP has taken the unusual step of warning customers not to buy too much.
Harvey Nichols the luxury department store has warned that carrying too many heavy bags can be bad for their customers’ health.
The shop has teamed up with TV doctor Rosemary Leonard to show that over-straining to carry bags can lead to back and neck problems and even passing out.
They say when a customer has enough bags to stretch 11 inches along their arms, that’s when they should put down their purse or wallet and take a break from retail therapy and it has even issued armbands to show the cut-off point.
Dr Leonard said: “It might sound silly, but carrying numerous bags can put untold pressure on a shopper’s body
“Restriction of blood flow is common, which means people can experience tingling of the fingers and in more extreme cases numbness and even fainting.
“I often refer to this condition as ‘high bag pressure.’
“As a GP I see more cases of shopping-related stress injuries when the economy is booming.”
A spokesman for Harvey Nichols which has a branch in Bristol said: “It’s not in our interest to have customers who shop until they drop.”