Grocery shop in phone box
The charming facility – stocking milk, sandwiches, newspapers and other everyday items – has been set up inside a vacant red phone box next to the site of the village's former shop.
The tight-knit community of Draughton, North Yorks, was left without easy access to basic items after the post office closed following the retirement of its owners in April 2008.
Lewis Cooke, who runs a newsagent which is four miles away in Skipton, continued to deliver newspapers and tinned items on to the porch of the shop so residents could come and collect their goods.
But after BT made the derelict phone box directly outside the former site of the post office available for just one pound last year it was decided that the parish council would buy it and make unique use of it.
Honesty box principle
It is operated according to the "honesty box" principle, with residents leaving payment for any goods they take. Everything has the person's name on it so they can just collect it and go.
Customers either pay with a credit card over the phone or by leaving a cheque. The phone box isn't locked and people can come and go in there when they want but no one has taken a thing, which just shows how honest the people are.
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