Some create online petitions to influence government policy or campaign for social causes.

In Surbiton things are done slightly differently.

One resident has petitioned Waitrose to replace the sponsored Christmas tree on the Victoria Road roundabout, to bring the display “more inline with the keeping of Surbiton.”

Digital marketing director Martin Goode said: "More people seem to verbally agree with the bad tree situation rather than anything else. Have written to Waitrose about it!"

At the time of writing the petition, hosted by and dubbed “the most middle class petition you will ever see” on Twitter, had attracted two signatures.

Surrey Comet:

It reads: “Waitrose has kindly sponsored the Christmas Tree outside Surbiton station again this year.

“However as many of you may of noticed, it's quite an ugly sight compared to the rest of the decoration within the Surbiton area and especially when compared to previous successful years.

“Ideally you live in the local area and have seen this in person rather than blindly signing the petition :)”.

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