Un­happy end­ing for ‘rud­est’ book­seller

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Leon Wat­son

A SHOP owner branded Britain’s rud­est book­seller has quit af­ter a back­lash from lo­cals, but in­sists he has not been forced out.

Steve Bloom, 63, who ad­mits he “doesn’t but­ter his parsnips”, has ruf­fled feath­ers in the York­shire Dales town of Hawes ever since he opened his shop Bloo­min­dales four years ago.

Mr Bloom, who ran a busi­ness in Lon­don be­fore mov­ing to York­shire, said he had sold the shop of his own vo­li­tion, partly to es­cape his whinge­ing cus­tomers. He added: “I hope that none of the peo­ple who have been try­ing to drive me out are claim­ing any kind of vic­tory be­cause it isn’t. It got very dif­fi­cult … lis­ten­ing to peo­ple talk­ing about me as the man who charges 50p en­try. I will not miss the moan­ing.”

Com­plaints have been made over Mr Bloom’s be­hav­iour for four years. The anger reached a high when a vis­it­ing doc­tor com­plained to Hawes Parish Coun­cil that Mr Bloom had ver­bally abused him. Mr Bloom ad­mit­ted call­ing the doc­tor “a pain in the a---” but told the coun­cil he could not re­call why.

Fol­low­ing that dis­pute, the parish coun­cil de­cided it wanted him out of his shop, which oc­cu­pies space in the town’s mar­ket hall.

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