Thursday, July 23, 2009

Gloating

Volunteers from the local Oxfam have, naturally, popped in to gloat (I mean wish me luck of course).

One of them, after asking about my debts, where I was going, how I would sell books etc etc: told me, that the local Oxfam shop felt that I was going bust because I took my dog into the shop with me, and that some people didn't like dogs. Oxfam opening a bookshop and trying to take over the world of books had nothing to do with it at all.

Hmm.

Which reminds me - they rather showed their colours over the closure of the Rochdale Oxfam Bookshop. The assistant manager explained to the local press "Rochdale is too poor a town for Oxfam to consider viable for a continued presence" He went on to comment that it wasn't part of Oxfam's businness plan to support poor and underpriviledged parts of this country.

Nice !

3 comments:

Jopan said...

i love that you have a dog in your shop. it would incourage me to go in.

Griffin said...

I'm not a natural dog person, I love cats too much, but a dog in the shop wouldn't put me off... unless it was laughing at my book choices of course!!

Er, Oxfam doesn't support under-privileged towns in this country?!! Oh wait, that must be the law of paradox in action! Now if you had a secondhand bookshop in Africa...!

Tiff said...

I love to go in shops with dogs, makes me feel like they are people I would want to get to know and good people who deserve my business. Having worked in retail 20 plus years I can relate to all the stupid things customers do and say to the people working behind the counter.