'It's a brown paper bag job!': M&S nude calendar sold under-the-counter after staff claim they are told it's too racy to go on show
A saucy calendar featuring scantily-clad Marks & Spencer employees has been sold 'under the counter' – after staff claim they were told not to sell it in store.
The charity publication shows staff from the store in Barnstaple, Devon, modelling less than the recommended uniform.
In January two buxom babes are pictured hiding behind newspapers while March sees cafeteria staff covering their assets with freshly baked cakes.
They're going to need considerably bigger buns… M&S bakery staff pose with their produce in the charity calendar, which customers complained they could not buy openly
Customers at the Barnstaple M&S complained they were made to feel 'seedy' when asking for the nude calendar, which had to be fetched from a store room
Marks and Spencer claims the calendar was never intended for commercial sale in store, insisting it was only produced for family and friends of the models.
But the calendar has been sold discreetly 'for cash' by members of staff if directly asked.
Some customers contacted their local paper, the North Devon Journal, to say they felt 'seedy' asking for the publication.
When a reporter visited the store and requested a copy a member of staff made a quick phone call to an upstairs office.
Blooming gorgeous! Two blonde members of staff preserve their modesty with bunches of flowers
January girls pose in the magazines and newspapers section – thank goodness the Financial Times is a broadsheet
The calendar was brought down and handed over in exchange for a 5 note stuffed in a charity collection tin.
A staff member told the reporter: 'We weren’t really allowed to put it on display in the shop. It was a bit of a brown paper bag job to be honest.'
The calendar is raising money for North Devon District Hospital’s Chemotherapy appeal.
Marks & Spencer bosses gave their full support to the charity project but say it was never intended to go on general sale.
An M&S Spokesman said: 'M&S supports the Barnstaple stores efforts to raise funds for the North Devon Health Care Chemotherapy Unit.
A limited number of calendars were produced by members of staff for sale to friends and family, and were never intended for commercial sale in-store.
'The calendar has now sold out and M&S would like to congratulate the team on raising an incredible 2,500 for the unit.'
Sales of the calendar have raised over 2,500 for the North Devon District Hospital's chemotherapy appeal
Lovely ladies from the lingerie department agreed to strip off for the charity calendar