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Mike Ashley Pulled A Big Wad Of £50 Notes Out Of His Pocket While Touring A Sports Direct Warehouse

"Yes, I’ve just been to the casino... No, don’t please write that."

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Billionaire Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley is currently giving around 300 investors, press, and bankers a tour of the company's Shirebrook warehouse.

Ashley tour is on. Tells us there's always problems with companies of this size.

Just as the tour began, Ashley was searched by the company's security staff...whereupon this happened.

Mike Ashley gets searched... Yes. That is a massive wad of £50 notes he just took out his pocket

Yes, that's a big wad of £50 bills. "Yes, I’ve just been to the casino... No, don’t please write that," Ashley joked.

The tour followed some angry scenes at the company's AGM, in which Ashley attacked members of the Unite union after it criticised an offer of permanent contracts to casual retail staff.

Yesterday BuzzFeed News revealed Ashley has sent a letter to Sports Direct's 20,000 staff apologising for the “shortcomings” in working practices after a report by the company’s external lawyers showed that the company had not done enough to support employees.

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