Thursday, July 23, 2009


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.


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 !


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.