Unhappy ending for ‘rudest’ bookseller
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.