Since I was doing business abroad for over 20 years, and hadn't really kept my eye on events in the UK, when I finally returned England I was shocked by the number of charity shops located in prime positions on the high street.
Don't get me wrong, I know they need the money, but surely the other shops cannot be happy about this, as these charity shops pay no business rates, and no tax. They mostly don't even have to pay for their volunteer staff, but still find the funds to pay for their shop management staff, which obviously comes from selling stuff they were given by supporters in the first place.
I have even seen their shops on the business parks and industrial estates, which at least is better that taking high street shops away from those business owners that really need them.
What are your views on this situation?
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