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Donation Bins are not Free Shopping Outlets!

Donation Drop Off locations are not there for people to go shopping. These people had a trunk FULL of stuff they had ripped out of bags. They didn’t even have the courtesy to be neat. There are under privileged children and homeless people who could use this stuff. I’m not even going to listen to the “once you give it away it’s no longer your concern” bullshit either.

I’m so disappointed to have witnessed this. I understand maybe they needed stuff but there are other ways. What they basically did was steal from the truly needy. They have a car, they can’t be that needy. Hmm.. maybe they’re selling the stuff for food… well now I am conflicted. Still mad though.

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  1. Sarah Micha Sarah Micha says:

    I disagree! I’d rather it go direct to people in need then a place like value village who turns a 100% profit!

    Do u know their story? Maybe that’s a borrowed car? Maybe they can’t find work and Ei is taking forever!??

    Shut your trap and stop publicly shaming people!

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  2. Matt Howarth Matt Howarth says:

    Maybe put a little more effort into donating your stuff if this bothers you? There are drop off centres where actual people receive your things.

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  3. How do you call it goodwill when you receive it for free then turn around and sell it for profit? I have to admit these two don’t look like they are hurting for clothing…..

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  4. I dont agree. Maybe they ve just lost everything like a lot of people lately

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  5. I donated clothing and other items to Homeless Connect, they actually put something on for the homeless people, they set up tables and put out all the donated items and then let the people come by and pick whatever they needed at no cost, completely free, as it should be

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  6. seriously – everyone of these boxes I see people do this. Sad

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  7. Lisa Hacker Lisa Hacker says:

    I used to work for salvation army thrift store and even with a lock on if the person was really skinny or had a young adult with then they would jump in and pull stuff out to steal. It’s disgusting!

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  8. Rachel Hart Rachel Hart says:

    I see this all the time by Millwoods Town Center

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  9. yes this is sad & why I don’t put donations in bins anymore. πŸ™

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  10. fort road and manning area is bad for this to…people cant even leave donations outside of good will without them being trashed or torn through. its just sad.

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  11. This is actually considered stealing, and can be reported.

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  12. It goes to second hand stores who charge exorbitant prices. It’s wrong to takes what doesn’t belong to you but those store are ripping people off.

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  13. Tanis Kucher Tanis Kucher says:

    No offense, but if your life has come to this…. Who are we to judge. Give it a rest!

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  14. The stuff left at most of these bins does not go to the poor in our area… what happens is it goes to sorting stations, some gets packed up and sold to market vendors in South Africa – who have booths and resell it. The rest gets cut up and resold as rag bags.

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    • Kole Dupe Kole Dupe says:

      Yeah I’m sure

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    • I remember reading about a program that one donation place had for recycle material. If the item was to worn or was unable to be put on the shelves they gave to a clothing recycle place that takes material that breaks them down to be made into something else reusable.

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  15. Ed Bloom Ed Bloom says:

    I see this all the time in Windermere walmart lots. I once told two asian people i was calling the cops. I also notice the good people of Edmonton dropping of their wonderful garbage items too.

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  16. Win Chan Win Chan says:

    I guess old shampoo and underwear off Buy and Sells were too expensive.

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  17. Rita Mae Zuk Rita Mae Zuk says:

    Maybe they needed it?

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  18. Tracy Silva Tracy Silva says:

    They obviously needed it

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  19. Okay let’s send it to FOR PROFIT organizations instead.

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  20. Theses “bins” are brought to good will and value village but yet your complaining there taking free clothes people gave away. Yes I agree they should of cleaned up after themselves but honestly it’s none of your business. Yes people should be bringing there used cloths and blanks jackets to bissel centres or homeless centres but nah people are lazy !

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  21. I remember one time I asked family to drop a bag off however there were two in the trunk and one was my laundry.They put the wrong bag in. I had to race back to get my laundry. To late someone already went through them. I can laugh now however at the time I was just mortified someone was walking around with my dirty undies and all my brother could say was I should post signs with pics of my lost underwear on the bins stating “last seen in the wrong hands”.smh

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  22. They look like scum. There should be a central place that takes “donations”

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  23. Bottom line it’s stealing…

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  24. Faye Segaran Faye Segaran says:

    if someone is so desperate to go through donated items then i think they are needy …. no one sacrifices their pride for shits and giggles … and as someone that donates items regularly … although not to v v for good then i am just happy someone is getting good use of my old unwanted stuff ( both are for profit organizations … try the bissel center or womens shelter or emergency centers for non profit) … peace

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  25. Some people are greedy some are hoarders some think the world owes them leaves little for the needy

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  26. My mom just witnessed this exact thing at the abbots field one and the girl was right in there in the bin…… She wasn’t surprised she didn’t get stuck but she said the mess they left . Terrible

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  27. Bottom line its thief – what u gonna say when they take ur kids bike from the front lawn? They might have needed it – or all the contents out of ur car? huh?

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  28. Ide rather it go to someone who needs it rather than value village who rips people off with them outrageous prices

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  29. No matter what their situation, it’s still theft

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  30. I’ve seen that here in Saskatoon as well – I reported it to the and even gave them the plate number. I also reported it to the Salvation Army. Neither one was interested in my report.

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  31. You don’t know what’s going on geez when are ppl going to stop taking pictures of ppl and posting on social media for everyone to see mind your own business ,

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  32. Sue Kidd Sue Kidd says:

    If there going through the clothes they probably need the clothes! I’d rather them have it than value village or salvation army! They charge more for the used stuff then buying new! Also they go through the stuff and take the high end clothing for themselves!

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  33. Tamara Roche Tamara Roche says:

    I sent my husband down to one with a toddlers bike with training wheels , little guy cried even though he had a new bigger bike …..it was gone inside 20 mins:)

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  34. Sasha Lewis Sasha Lewis says:

    Value village turns profit. N there prices are shocking

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  35. Marfee Konev Marfee Konev says:

    Fima Konev was that u that seen this too

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  36. What makes me mad is the “under privileged” ppl taking advantage of it. Every morning I witness urban outdoors ppl rummaging threw the bins at superstore in Kingsway… literally throwing items all over the parking lot.
    If you need it… ok I understand… life’s circumstances prohibit you from affording it… that does not give you the right though to be a pig and create a mess for someone else to clean… or ruin items (from them being left in the rain, snow, traffic etc) for the next person that needs it.

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  37. In BC we would just leave it on the corner and put a free sign on it. Or at the churches inside or out by the steps and people could take any of it for free. I’d never put anything in those bins though…what should be free, they’re making money off of and not every dime goes the needy. That’s a fact.

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  38. Why are non-profit organizations charging so much for their donated goods….to pay the high executive salaries?

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  39. Mara Cakes Mara Cakes says:

    I see it all the time. Douchebags wearing true religion jeans INSIDE the bin, throwing stuff out to take

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  40. Last fall I saw a Canadian Diabetes Association clothing bin at Superstore that had all the clothes taken out and thrown everywhere in front of the bin. It had rained and the clothes were wet and muddy, so sad πŸ™

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  41. I highly doubt they’re taking it to sell for food. For something else maybe. If you’re in need there are plenty of places that will help. This is greed and selfishness, period.

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  42. Ginny Paul Ginny Paul says:

    If they’re taking it they must need it.. It’s heartbreaking to see someone having to take clothing and/ or food.. It’s second hand clothes , it’s not like she’s stealing something with a price tag on it.. If you were so bothered by it why not approach her , she might have a story for you.. Don’t let such small things bother you , there’s ppl out there doing a lot worst and so could this girl. Peace

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  43. White trash stealing trash

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  44. I did that to get clothes and furniture growing up because I was poor.
    On behalf of all people like me! Who struggle.
    Fuck you!!
    Donation areas have always been a great place for poor people to get good useful items free.

    I didn’t have a vehicle! I had shopping carts, and crappy wagons to move shit!

    Obv you aren’t struggling. Or you wouldn’t be talking shit!

    You think they can afford to go to value village and pay top dollar for second hand donated junk!!! Anything that is of any value gets scooped by the donation sorters anyways. And items that make the shelf are over priced.
    What about the goodwill?? catchy name but it’s all profit..
    You donate and make someone wealthy.

    There is no helping the needy once you put a price tag on the shit!!!
    So going at night and getting things for free is the realistic option for many!!!!!! FUCK YOU!

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  45. Value Village is so overpriced! They take advantage of struggling families. I’ve seen shirts and shoes being sold for the same price and sometimes more than retail.

    Instead of donating your free items to a VV which will be turned over for profit, take it to a reuse Center where people can have the things they need for free of at least significantly cheaper.

    Although these guys made a mess and should have cleaned it up, they cut out the middle man and saved a few bucks.

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  46. Lissi Thomas Lissi Thomas says:

    That’s really disgusting,

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  47. With all your assumptions, MAYBE.. they are borrowing a Car.. MAYBE they have no JOBS, with this NDP FUCKTARDS.. Lots of people are NEEDY… MAYBE they have a sick kid with CANCER…. STOP ASSUMING, you JACKASS… and START MINDING your own BUSINESS, rather than SNAPPING PICTURES of people.. Donations for PROFIT is more of a crime than taking a DONATION for FREE.

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  48. Xavier Paddy Xavier Paddy says:

    The city got rid of the donation bin from our community. Right when I’m about to toss out half my clothes ..

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  49. Ina MacLeod Ina MacLeod says:

    I see this a lot. as well as familiar beggars that get picked up at the end of the day in a nice vehicle. like they did a days work – smh.

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  50. Who cares as long as they dont sell it all good.. if they need it and it was donated it should be give out. Instead it gets marked up and sold to people who can afford it. I did this for a while and would do it again.

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  51. its probably all on the buy and sell now. The plate is in the picture report the theft

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  52. Chelsea Rae Chelsea Rae says:

    Arent donation bins for DONATING CLOTHING TO PEOPLE WHO NEED CLOTHING FOR FREE CAUSE ITS DONATED REGARDLESS OF AGE??? WHOS THIS STEALING FROM?? THE PEOPLE WHO PUT IT IN A GARBAGE BAG AND PUT IT IN A BIN……FOR FREE????? AND IF THEY WERE STEALING KIDS CLOTHES…. WOULDNT U ASSUME MAYBE THOSE KIDS CLOTHES ARE GOING TO CHILDREN ……IN NEED…. DONT RECALL SEEING ADULTS WEARING DONATED CHILDRENS CLOTHING RECENTLY…..

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