Last Sunday [July 9], I was driving in the Hannaford Food Store parking lot in Glenville and I passed the rear of the Salvation Army store, where I saw a women who was out of her fairly late- model car going through the bags of donations others had left during the weekend.
I also admit that, like many people, I shop occasionally at both the Salvation Army and City Mission stores looking for bargains, and I find that it’s not unusual to go to these stores one day and see an item that was on the shelf in a box for sale and go back on a later day to find the box sitting on the shelf empty.
I have also found items that were for sale that for whatever reason were intentionally damaged, I assume by customers. I have to assume that some people who would probably never think of stealing from a retail store must think it is OK to steal or damage items in these store because they were donated.
Another gripe I have is against those who leave donations of items like stained mattresses or damaged furniture at times when these stores are closed. I’m sure these items cannot be sold and the stores need to pay to dispose of this junk.
I will close my letter with this last complaint — about those who come to these stores with their children, especially young children. You need to keep track of them while shopping and, oh yes, it would be nice if you made them put back the toys that are for sale but that they were playing with in the store while you were shopping.