A Tory MP and legal expert has accused HMV of literally stealing money from customers over the past few weeks, claiming that management's decision to continue selling gift vouchers while the chain teetered on the brink was tantamount to "obtaining property by deception."
HMV probably covered its arse enough in a pre-Christmas trading statement, though, in which it said there was "significant doubt on the group's ability to continue as a going concern," but it's hardly fair to expect the grandparents of the nation to read company financial statements before popping down to the shops to buy some gift vouchers for their kids.
Ironically, one man has been accused of actual theft. Grandfather Eric Nolan decided to take matters into his own hands when a Dublin branch of the doomed retailer refused to accept his €40 HMV vouchers, opting to walk out of the shop with a handful of games instead. [Eurogamer via Guardian]