VOX SHOP

29 June, 2007

Would you be happy if your competition burnt down?

"Yes, I'd do a little jig. Now if there's an arson attack I'm going to be the prime suspect . But actually, no, they don't really cause us a problem. I would have a wry smile

but I wouldn't really notice . They cause us so little hassle. You should be phoning him

- I think he would be delighted if we burnt down."

Richard Hipkin

Château Wine Londis

Colchester, Essex

"Yes, that would be quite good. Not if anybody got hurt - just the stock, a good damage to the stock, overnight or something when nobody is working there. He's too rich anyway, he's got lots of shops - but I suppose the people working there wouldn't be too happy. I suppose we all secretly wish something would stop them a little in their tracks, the competition, just maybe for a week. I always say if people would close down they would appreciate us more. Teach them a lesson."

William Williams

Class of Wine, near Swansea

"No, I wouldn't really, because I know the man who runs it

and he's a nice guy. I guess you'd be happy in one sense, because it would mean an end to the competition, but I certainly wouldn't be going out and celebrating and getting drunk."

Kultar Chandler

Jobi's Off-licence

Stoke-on-Trent

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