Chaos as Pimp My Barrow website predictably crashes

Bring back the queue


Hundreds have been left furious and ticketless after the Pimp My Barrow website crashed this morning.

In a predictable turn of events, the site crashed just minutes after tickets went on sale – leaving many unsure if they’d bagged themselves a ticket.

Earlier in the week, a Union representative assured The Tab that the “new, robust, NUS-backed” system would not crash.

But within minutes many hopefuls received error messages which for some unknown reason were displayed in Spanish.

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Others were unable to access the website or had their tickets snatched from their baskets as they attempted to pay for them.

In response to the hundreds of complaints about the website, the Union helpfully advised those buying tickets to “be patient and keep trying”.

The chaos left many asking why the Union had decided to sell online as opposed to the calm queue that they usually use.

Second year Kirsty Boyle said: “You’d think they would have learnt their lesson after St. paddy’s day fiasco.

“The website crashed multiple times and wouldn’t allow me to buy an LCR ticket and an individual ticket. The system last year was so much better.”

The website woes come just weeks after the Union announced that Pimp My Barrow was going to take place during exam season, choosing to ignore a petition with over 700 signatures.

Chair of the Union’s Management Committee Liam McCafferty said “Following feedback from hundreds of students last year that couldn’t make it onto campus to physically queue for tickets, we took the decision to sell online this year after our web provider (NUS) assured us it would have the capacity to cope.

“Demand for both PMB and the A List always outstrips supply and this year was no exception- NUS tell us that over 6000 PCs were trying to get through in the first sixty seconds alone.

“In the vast majority of cases the students that were hit with error messages along the way should now have tickets.

“We are sorry if people tried and didn’t get tickets and we’ll be feeding back to NUS on the problems people faced”