Video Shows Donations Being Stolen From Salvation Army Store - ...

There are 16 comments on the NBC 4 Washington, DC story from May 28, 2008, titled Video Shows Donations Being Stolen From Salvation Army Store - .... In it, NBC 4 Washington, DC reports that:

Theft is an ongoing problem at a Salvation Army thrift store in Fredericksburg, Va., but charity workers said the problem hit a new low last weekend.

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G L Rockwell

Cockeysville, MD

#1 May 28, 2008
wow things are really getting bad when so many people steal from the salvation army. Worse, many people feel no guilt at all. Yeah, maybe the holiday kettle is the only safe place to give and I suspect that item may become a hottie on the robbery lists. Pehaps the worst part of stealing from the army is that the salvation army has the reputation of devoting so much of its donations to charitable causes rather than like so many other organizations keep a huge amount of donations for fund raising costs.
VAmomof2

Vienna, VA

#2 May 28, 2008
This doesn't suprise me at all. I lived for years in the town houses behind the salvation army store in Manassas. Every weekend you could see people doing this. I used to drop off after hours and when I saw this I stopped. It is a shame that this happens.
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#4 May 29, 2008
Disgusted wrote:
And how do we know this is not a family in need?
While I'd like to believe it's families in need, with todays' "everything is about ME" attitude, I'm willing to bet it's plain old thieves. People are being raised to have no respect for the rights and property of others, it's just "do what you want and --- everyone else." I take donations to the Salvation Army, but I take them during working hours when there's someone there to take the donations inside the building, I don't just drop the items at the back of the store.
DMA from Washington DC

Washington, DC

#5 May 29, 2008
I have made donations to thrift stores myself. These people must be in dire need to steal from them and cannot afford to buy them in the stores even though they ask very little for them money wise. My heart goes out to them. Who am I to judge!!
Video Taped Vehicle

Herndon, VA

#6 May 29, 2008
I was one of those that were video taped, what they failed to show was the load of clothing I dropped off - after hours. I have taken a few items but only when rain has soaked all the items, thinking that they would only throw those items away - not having the time to dry them out, and the items I did pick up were used for my family - NOT sold. I take donations to them on a monthly basis.
Salvation Army Shopper

United States

#7 Oct 1, 2008
The Salvation Army gets enormous amounts of donations. I shop there. I donate there. Have you ever seen the amount of stuff that the people working there take home, for free? My mother's friend said that they let her take home 2 or 3 bags per night. She then sold the stuff at tag sales. ALL of the Salvation Armies have employees pull stuff out to keep or save for their friends. Ever walk in one-- how much jewelry do you see? Leather purses? Good leather shoes in great condition? You don't and trust me, this stuff gets donated. It just doesn't make it to the salesfloor. If people snag some of the stuff OUTSIDE of the dumpsters, let them. Maybe they could really use it. If it does get rained on, ruined, or hit in a parking lot, it is goes to be put in a landfill, so why begrudge somebody using it?
Washington DC

Suitland, MD

#8 Oct 1, 2008
Salvation Army Shopper wrote:
The Salvation Army gets enormous amounts of donations. I shop there. I donate there. Have you ever seen the amount of stuff that the people working there take home, for free? My mother's friend said that they let her take home 2 or 3 bags per night. She then sold the stuff at tag sales. ALL of the Salvation Armies have employees pull stuff out to keep or save for their friends. Ever walk in one-- how much jewelry do you see? Leather purses? Good leather shoes in great condition? You don't and trust me, this stuff gets donated. It just doesn't make it to the salesfloor. If people snag some of the stuff OUTSIDE of the dumpsters, let them. Maybe they could really use it. If it does get rained on, ruined, or hit in a parking lot, it is goes to be put in a landfill, so why begrudge somebody using it?
Note why drop off items after hours outside that may be rained on and therefore just garbage to the Salvation Army. Perhaps that drop off process needs addressing and revamping. Easy hire part time night/afterhours drop off personel.
Knights Of Columbus

Washington, DC

#9 Oct 1, 2008
Plenty of people in prison due to the thefts of stores in Montgomery County. The moral of the story: The police are doing a good job in cleaning up the streets.
Knights Of Columbus

Washington, DC

#10 Oct 1, 2008
Plenty of people in prison due to the thefts of stores in Montgomery County. The moral of the story: The police are doing a good job in cleaning up the streets. To mention as an example in every area. Virginia has a lower crime rate than Maryland on average.
Born to Shop

AOL

#11 Oct 7, 2008
I got the word regarding inside theft direct from the horses mouth recently.

My friends brother has a friend that works in the local Mission Thrift store. He said that when the donations come in his friend goes thru them and pulls out anything she feels is valuable and gives it to him. He then goes out and sales it and keeps the money.

At a large local Salvation Army all of the female workers are carrying around Louis Vuitton handbags.

People are making fantastic donations, unfortunately, the real people benefiting from our donations are the workers and not the cause.
Whats the point in donating.

On the other hand Goodwill makes all their workers go thru things and they post the best items on their auction website to get better prices for items.
I was told that they also have cameras installed to watch their workers so that there is no theft.

If you shop at your local thrift store and what you generally find looks like garage sale leftovers. Now you know why.
Fred

Waynesboro, VA

#12 Oct 16, 2008
I have stopped giving to any one. The reason is illegal invaders seem to be getting charity and Americans are not getting help. How much food given from food banks goes to illegal invaders. I bet that it is a lot more than they are willing to admit.
Joe

Bronx, NY

#13 Nov 6, 2008
this is entirely true. I work for a non-profit agency that gets donations all the time and really good stuff; but like a previous poster said that the good stuff we do get never goes toward the cause; but goes to the pocket of a couple of greedy (not needy) staff people!

“ozzy rocks”

Since: Dec 07

charlottesville,virginia

#14 Nov 10, 2008
They are taking the nice items and doing a auction. The crap is free to them. The good stuff is going to the jerks that work there, so why bother? Good will is so exspensive they need lay away..
truth hurts

Ashburn, VA

#15 Nov 10, 2008
The real thieves are Salvation Army. The 5 acre/ 20,000sq ft store in Annandale was payed for in full in 2 years. The A hole that ran the place was taking all the good stuff to his wives warehouse/antiques business. He got busted, when GPS tracked some trucks.

I had taken a load to Leesburg years ago, and they were in the back room dividing up all the good stuff. Also, know of antiques dealers who pay off store managers to get them stuff on the cheap.

Unless you just can't live without the write off, I wouldn't bother anymore. I just use Freecycle in my area. A website that is free to everyone that puts people in a small area together to give away stuff. You have to register, so it keeps it pretty neighborly. CL gets too many nut jobs lately. Or just put it on the curb with a free sign.

All these "non profits" seem to be scams. One near us only takes cash. No chance for fraud/theft there. ;)
Bearded Clam

Gainesville, VA

#16 Nov 10, 2008
I'm sure savages and illegals are to blame here. No need in reading any further.
guest

United States

#17 Nov 11, 2008
I won't be donating to them again.

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