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Friday, 28 March 2014

IT'S MY MONEY, I'LL BLOODY WELL SPEND IT WHERE I WANT!

Earlier, I put out a casual tweet asking why all the fuss about town centre regeneration and campaigns for supporting local businesses seems to have died down.

Then, I got into a conversation with a business owner in town who went on a bit of a rant about two more shops closing because of a lack of customers.  He said local people should be ashamed of themselves for putting local business owners under pressure and causing their eventual closure.  He continued on the thread that people should boycott supermarkets, out-of-town shopping centres and online shopping and devote themselves entirely to shopping local for the greater good of the community in which they live......and he added that almost mandatory thing "for our children and our children's children."

I listened to all this, nodding my head like one of those toy dogs you used to see years ago in the back window of a Hillman Minx.  When I could get a word in, I said calmly:

"We all need to get our heads round the notion and nature of change.  Change is inevitable.  I buy things locally, from supermarkets and online.  That's the way it is.  If local shops want me to step inside to browse and buy frequently, then they have to provide enticing reasons for me to come to them.  But, I will not pay exorbitant car parking charges and higher prices on a lot of products just to be loyal."

Actually, I was thinking much the same but louder in my head:

"IT'S MY SODDING MONEY AND I'LL SPEND IT WHERE AND WHEN I BLOODY WELL LIKE."

Before town centres, there were green fields.  After town centres, there will be something else.

Give me tempting and irresistible reasons to shop local more often and I will do it.

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