A criminal organisation posing as a charity

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Dalrymple writes:

I went into one of those shops that sell donated goods supposedly to raise money for a charity. This particular charity, one of the largest in the world, I regard as a criminal organisation, in the moral if not the legal sense. I patronise the shop not to support the charity—heaven forbid, very little of the money raised goes in any case to genuinely charitable activity, one of the reasons I regard the organisation as criminal—but to find discarded books of unappreciated value.

The only service the shop really performs, says Dalrymple,

is to give employment (unpaid, of course) to the widows who work in it as volunteers under the misapprehension that they are thereby assisting the starving of the world. A glance at the online accounts of the organisation would soon disabuse them of this misapprehension, but luckily for the charity, few people read their accounts.

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