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Law students express concern at highlighter shortage in wake of Suez Canal crisis

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APRIL FOOLS! Delays to UK shipments send prices of popular stationery soaring

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The Suez Canal crisis looks to have created a major headache for stationery loving law students across the UK, with many claiming they’ve been unable to source much-needed highlighters due to shipping delays from China.

The week-long standstill in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes came after a 400 meter container ship known as the Ever Given became stranded diagonally, creating huge tailbacks and delays to UK-bound orders.

Although the super tanker is now free and ships are once again sailing down the Suez, some aspiring lawyers say the hold-up has left them running dangerously low on highlighter pens, while others have run out all together.

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One desperate GDL student who asked to remain anonymous told us: “This is getting very serious. I’m down to half a yellow highlighter and I’ve a tort exam next week — what the hell am I going to do?”

Another LPC student, who again didn’t want to be named, revealed they’d sourced a six-pack of highlighters online and stumped up an additional £4.99 for next day delivery.

“It’s been two days and they still haven’t arrived,” the exasperated student explained. “I’ve a brand new land law textbook and the pages remain un-highlighted. My friend who studies geography suggested using a coloured pen but it’s just not the same.”

There’s also been unconfirmed reports that the temporary shortage has prompted a secretive, dark web style market to form, where highlighters can fetch two and even three times their recommended retail price.

One aspiring solicitor explained how he sourced a small pack of magenta highlighters and is now selling them for £4.28 each. “It’s basic commercial awareness,” they said. “I could see what was unfolding in the Suez, and knew this would create problems further down the line. For those interested, I now accept Bitcoin payments too.”

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16 Comments

Largs

🤔

Harvey

This is a complete non-story

LOL

looks like somebody missed the April fools joke… 🤔

bad gal Natasha Bedz

The fact that this article resembles the same writing style and type of content in their other articles is very telling.

Literally can’t tell the difference between an April fools article and their usual articles because most of the stuff they put out is a joke

LOL

ok… so why do you come here and read the content if you dislike it?

very strange.

also what’s strange is the number of salty people commenting, lol!

Joe

Ok LC writers the jig is up you can stop pretending to be the commenters under the articles now.

Jane

Brilliant story for this time of year 🤣

Mark

Rubbish sense of humour on you

Jane

Misogynistic arse.

Luke

Don’t get your dungarees in a twist.

FlourPour

How am I supposed to learn anything without my highlighters??

>︿<

what a funny april fools article

really, thank you

Observer

I thought the article was quite entertaining, why does everyone have to moan so much? Lighten up lol.

Adam

Slaughters isn’t giving out bonuses to their lawyers despite nearly all other firms doing so but this is the content you choose to post?

FlourPour

All of Slaughters’ benefits operate at the business card and LinkedIn level.

Nobody cares!

Who cares what Slaughter does!

Go cry some more!

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