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Apolitical English fashion designer Victoria Beckham is facing backlash over her decision to “furlough” dozens of employees despite being worth hundreds of millions.

“The former Spice Girl, whose handbag collection alone is thought to be worth £1.5 million, is to claim what could amount to tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money to pay a quarter of her employees under the Government’s job retention scheme,” the Daily Mail reported Sunday.

She’s able to do this thanks to a “furlough scheme” instituted by U.K. Chancellor Rishi Sunak that “will pay up to 80 percent of [furloughed] people’s wages, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month” for a period not to exceed three months, as reported by Wired magazine.

Beckham has opted to take advantage of this scheme, and in doing so she’s provoked an intense backlash, with noted British commentator Piers Morgan leading the pack.

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At the core of their complaint is Beckham’s estimated net worth of £360 million ($450 million). That someone so wealthy would use up taxpayer funds comes off as unseemly to them, especially when weighed against some of her recent purchases.

“David and Victoria Beckham, two of the globe’s most famous citizens, have purchased a full-floor condo in one of Miami’s most exclusive and eye-catching condominiums,” Variety magazine reported at the beginning of the mouth.

“The futuristic, 62-story condo tower known as One Thousand Museum — designed by the late, Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid — is prominent in the downtown Miami skyline. Although the acquisition was initiated a few months ago, Mansion Global revealed that the deal didn’t formally close until the first week of April, as detailed in a press release from the developers.”

The pair reportedly paid $24 million for the condo.

See a tour of the lavish condo below:

https://youtu.be/VKsY3SPE_0I

However, defenders of Beckham argue that her personal wealth and personal purchases should not be used to judge her business decisions.

“To all of the people hating on #VictoriaBeckham because she is using the furlough scheme, why shouldn’t she use it?” one defender wrote. “She has every right to. Why should she pay her workers from her own pocket? People are slagging her without knowing the full story. No surprise there.”

After all, the “scheme” reportedly doesn’t forbid the wealthy from taking part.

But by the same token, is it really worth it for the British government to subsidize a company that reportedly hasn’t earned a profit since it launched in 2008?

“In 2018, it suffered losses of £12.3 million. The year before that, Mrs Beckham lost £10.3 million, but the business was propped up by her 44-year-old husband,” the Daily Mail noted.

“Despite the clearly unprofitable business model, Mrs Beckham is determined to keep the label going. And the business’s poor performance hasn’t stopped her and David from living an ostentatious lifestyle, with much of it flaunted to their fans via social media.”

Vivek Saxena

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