THE backlash against Oxfam has hit new heights after a woman resolved to give a box of second-hand crime novels to Cancer Research instead.
Susan Traherne took the box, containing books by such high-profile authors as Michael Connolly and Jo Nesbo, almost to the door of the Oxfam branch in Newcastle-under-Lyme before making her momentous decision.
She said: “I don’t know if it’s ethical to be giving these books to them if they’re going to end up with prostitutes in warzones. I’ve only read them once and I’ve hardly even cracked the spines.
“There was a PDSA on the street but some of the animal rights can be a bit extreme too, can’t they. But you know where you are with cancer.
“And I’m afraid until they’ve cleared all this up then Oxfam won’t be profiting on any meticulously described stories about sexually-depraved serial killers from me.”
Following her donation Traherne called in at Oxfam and bought a dress for £20, reasoning that it was morally justifiable because it was not just M&S but Autograph.