Sophie Lund-Yates, equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “From an investment perspective, this [school meals] chapter has been an unwelcome addition to what is a torrid time for Compass, and won’t have done the company’s reputation any favours.”
However, charity shops are better prepared this time, Mr Osterley said. Take for example Stockport hospice charity, Beechwood Cancer Care. There's been a queue of customers at its Heald Green precinct. But it is only open to shoppers, not droppers, this week.