Charity Bookstore Asks Public To Stop Donating ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’

Donating 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'
An Oxfam charity bookstore in Swansea, Wales, says it has enough copies of "Fifty Shades of Grey" and not enough vinyl records. Photo by Oxfam Castle Street Swansea/Facebook

SWANSEA, Wales, March 24 (UPI) — A British charity bookstore is pleading with members of the public to stop donating copies of bestselling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey.

The Oxfam shop on Castle Street in Swansea, Wales, has been posting on its Facebook and Twitter pages to ask members of the public to donate vinyl records instead of E.L. James’ novel, which store workers said has been clogging up their shelves for months.

“It’s been ever since the books first came out,” shop manager Phil Broadhurst told BBC Radio 5 Live. “When they first came out, we wanted them, because it was our bestselling book for a couple of weeks. And then ever since then, we’ve had lots of people desperate to get rid of them and [they] bring them in nonstop.”

Broadhust said the store currently has about 100 copies of the book forming a “house” at the store, but further copies have been sent to warehouses to be sold online or turned into pulp.

“We appreciate all your donations, but less Fifty Shades and more Sixties and Seventies vinyl would be good,” the store said in a Facebook post.

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