Backchat recently poked fun at the refusal of some businesses to hand out poppies with pins for the recent Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal for fear of personal injury claims.

But while we were doubled over at the prospect of the public suing over a pinprick, it would seem the decision was indeed astute.

Backchat has since been notified of a claim made against a shoe retailer by a customer who pricked his finger on a pin attaching a tag to a display shoe.

The retailer immediately offered profuse apologies and plaster patch-up.

But the customer did not feel these measures fully compensated him for his pain and suffering.

However, the customer told the retailer that as he was "not litigious by nature", £500 and a new pair of shoes would prevent him from pursuing the matter further. How reasonable.