Before I begin, I should just say that I was thinking of running a similar feature alongside this one called ‘Etiquette hero of the week’ but sadly – and this is indicative of the times in which we now live – I was struggling to find one. I will, naturally, post Etiquette heroes as and when I find them – perchance this blog may turn into a boring whine.
This week’s villain of the week goes to the Oxfam Emporium on Oldham Street in Manchester. I haven’t been to a charity shop in central Manchester before – indeed, they seem to be few and far between – but someone in the Farrow & Ball shop suggested Oxfam in the Northern Quarter. So off I trotted.
Upon arrival I dropped off what must have been £200+ worth of books I no longer required. You would think that the assistant/volunteer would have thanked me for donating my cast-offs, but no.
I unloaded from the the heavy-duty bag – the assistant looked through a few of them; I finished, looked up, said thank you (why was I saying thank you?), and the girl replied “bye”.
Not a word of gratitude! Clearly Oxfam have got enough donations and so we can all stop donating as evidently they’d rather not receive anything.
Charity does not begin on Oldham Street!