Vicki Boswood, manager of the Salvation Army family store in North Rockhampton, is sick of people stealing donations left outside their front doors.
Vicki Boswood, manager of the Salvation Army family store in North Rockhampton, is sick of people stealing donations left outside their front doors. Sharyn O'Neill

Low-life living high off charity

EVEN daylight doesn't scare away the low lives who steal from charity donation bins, says Vicki Boswood.

The North Rockhampton Salvation Army manager has witnessed bags of donations being picked to pieces numerous times and has had enough of it.

"We don't have donation bins here anymore because of it," she said.

"We also had problems with people dumping rubbish in them."

Vicki said people wishing to donate items should bring them into the store, but occasionally people left their bags at the front door.

She said this only encouraged opportunistic thieves.

"Stuff gets scattered everywhere and we have to clean it up," she said.

"It took a couple of the ladies here two-and-a-half hours to clean up the mess the other week.

"It's very frustrating."

Vicki said she could understand if the people taking things were poor.

However, most of the time it was people with money doing the dirty work.

"It's disgusting," she said.

Vicki said she had confronted people taking items from outside the High St store in daylight but they "didn't care if they were caught".

Russell Tucker, owner of Tucker's Cycle Inn next door to the Salvos store, said it happened all the time.

"I would say it happens every weekend," he said.

"Then I see them go from here around the corner to the other op-shops.

"It's a business for people I guess.

"I don't know where the stuff goes, but it's certainly not going to the needy."



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