It was a very kind thing you did to donate. Let me clear up some misconceptions. First if the items you left were very nice, chances are they were bought the minute they hit the floor. I have been in Goodwills where the customers followed the employee who was putting out items and did not wait for them to hit the rack before they had those items in their buggies and bought. I bet this is what happened to your donation.<quoted text> I've donated very expensive barely used things such as clothes, rugs etc. and I'm talking very good stuff. Never again will I donate to goodwill because I've yet to see any of my stuff put out in the store and I've been told the employees take what they want and have first choice. Not fair.
Second, the employees do not get their pick of the good stuff. In fact, they are not allowed to keep or hide any of the donations, and if they want to buy something, the item has to be on the floor for 24 hours before they are allowed to buy it.
There are cameras in the back room and people monitor them. Also, most of the people that work in the back processing are a bunch of tattletales, they love to snitch if they think someone kept something.
Another thing, you didn't mention this but others have, Goodwill stores are not just for poor people. They are for people wanting a bargain. That is why you might park beside a brand new Cadillac, because that person likes to bargain hunt. Shopping at Goodwill stores is for anybody and everybody.
I often read on these topics that Goodwill is overpriced, but I think paying $3 for a pair of jeans is darn near stealing. And a sweater for $5 is very reasonable. If you shop with care you can make quite good buys.
So, with respect I wish you would rethink your decision and continue to donate and shop at Goodwill.
There are a bunch of employees there who have families and barely make minimum wage for a hard, nasty job. The majority of whom come in every day and stand on concrete to do a repetitive job, interspersed by hauling in heavy items like sofas and television cabinets. They have never taken anything and never thought of taking anything and deserve a better opinion than everybody has of them. So please give these workers a break and be thankful for what God has blessed you with.