Uncharitable raids by thieves has St Vinnie?s boss fuming
SHIRLEY McMullen is at the end of her tether.
Yet again, St Vincent de Paul volunteers turned up to the shop on Monday morning only to find donations made over the weekend had been strewn everywhere.
"There were clothes and goodness knows what thrown all over the place. We couldn't even park the cars," the president of Coffs Harbour St Vincent de Paul said.
"People obviously went through everything looking for what they wanted, they'd gone through the bags and scattered the rest everywhere."
What makes it worse for Mrs McMullen is that, for once, most of the donations had been genuine donations.
Generally, Monday mornings are the worst for finding, not just donations, but people's rubbish as well.
"Even though they're donations, it's still stealing. "They're donations made to St Vincent de Paul. "Our own people have to buy items if they want them." "Most were filthy, so we had to throw them out. "What can you do, we haven't got the resources to wash things.We filled an entire commercial bin, that costs us $700 per month to empty.
"It took us a good half hour to clean up before we could even open the shop."