corbin goodwill
Tired of it

Whitley City, KY

#22 Apr 6, 2013
aggrevated wrote:
<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.
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.
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.
no not true

Corbin, KY

#23 Apr 7, 2013
aggrevated wrote:
<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.
no they do not get to get anything,they can only buy things when they are not working on their day off and they also pay the same price as everyone else.
love to shop

Corbin, KY

#24 Apr 7, 2013
Tired of it wrote:
<quoted text>
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.
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.
you are so right
fact

Lebanon, KY

#25 Apr 7, 2013
I got so many speeding tickets one summer part of my punishment was to do community service they put me in goodwill sorting clothes and the workers took stuff all the time, so unless it's a new rule YES the workers take the good stuff
Tired of it

Whitley City, KY

#26 Apr 7, 2013
The rule that employees not take any donated items has been in effect since the beginning, just as in any store removing an item without paying for it is stealing!
It is not condoned in any way. Sometimes, unfortunately, someone will have no conscious and will take stuff that is not theirs, but one thing is certain, they eventually get caught and are immediately fired.
And please, stop painting all workers with the same brush. There are many, many Goodwill employees who never have and never will take anything that is donated. They work hard every day for low pay to try to make ends meet to support their families, and that is hard enough without being called thieves.
By the way, did you report seeing the employees taking things? If you did and nothing was done, did you call the 1-800 number that is posted in every break room and report that?
Because, remember, if something is broken how can it be fixed if you don't tell anyone about it? It really makes me sad that people all say on here that they have seen stealing or know someone who saw someone steal, but haven't reported it.
You can help make your Goodwill a better place if you report any stealing you see immediately and let the powers that be take care of it.
That way you can be assured you will see every single item donated and have a chance to purchase it.
Start holding your Goodwill accountable.
knowing

London, KY

#27 Apr 8, 2013
Good Will needs a through investigation they have a lot of rules and regulations for employees that are nuts. I used to donate a lot but never again ! I know some of the employees and they work hard for little pay the upper management gets the perks. It is supposed to be working for the people who need jobs but it is just the opposite. I rather give my stuff away than donate to them a complete rip off!
Agree

Lebanon, KY

#28 Apr 8, 2013
knowing wrote:
Good Will needs a through investigation they have a lot of rules and regulations for employees that are nuts. I used to donate a lot but never again ! I know some of the employees and they work hard for little pay the upper management gets the perks. It is supposed to be working for the people who need jobs but it is just the opposite. I rather give my stuff away than donate to them a complete rip off!
I now donate my things to area churches. It feels good to see the kids wearing clothes I've anonymously donated.
Greene with envy

Mebane, NC

#29 Apr 9, 2013
They do have rude employees
national news

Whitley City, KY

#30 Apr 9, 2013
was said that goodwill is a self made store no one gets anthing from it but the people they let work there and the money they get paid is the only people that gets help from this place, it is for someones own profit, not like a salvation army & etc. which helps a lot of people and no one gets rich from the salvation army & etc..
with the goodwills, I am trying to say, they help no one, but the owners, and the people that work there ..they give to no one, other words when you donate to them you are helping someone make money for self..that is why I give to churchs or any local group now
Tired of it

Whitley City, KY

#31 Apr 9, 2013
In 1902 a reverend noticed that people around his church were poor and had no warm clothing. So he and his congregation started to bring their cast off, but clean and wearable clothes to the church basement and once a week they would open the church doors to the needy people and let them pick through the clothes available and the needy could have what they wanted for free.
It wasn't long before it was noticed that people were taking things they didn't need, they were complaining about the selection and were downright ungrateful.
So the reverend and his congregation decided to stop giving clothes away.
They soon realized there were many good people in the midst of the bad and reopened with one change.
This time they started to charge for the clothing. It was found that if people paid for this clothing they were proud of their purchases, and had more pride in themselves.
However, the people who disrespected what the church was trying to do spent their time writing on their scrolls that the people who worked there had first pick, overcharged for stuff that was given to them, and the people at the top got all the money.
110 years later, this still hasn't changed.
Those with good hearts know that Goodwill is a good place, the others... well, they write bitchy letters anonymously on topix.
hmmmm..

Lebanon, KY

#32 Apr 9, 2013
Tired of it wrote:
In 1902 a reverend noticed that people around his church were poor and had no warm clothing. So he and his congregation started to bring their cast off, but clean and wearable clothes to the church basement and once a week they would open the church doors to the needy people and let them pick through the clothes available and the needy could have what they wanted for free.
It wasn't long before it was noticed that people were taking things they didn't need, they were complaining about the selection and were downright ungrateful.
So the reverend and his congregation decided to stop giving clothes away.
They soon realized there were many good people in the midst of the bad and reopened with one change.
This time they started to charge for the clothing. It was found that if people paid for this clothing they were proud of their purchases, and had more pride in themselves.
However, the people who disrespected what the church was trying to do spent their time writing on their scrolls that the people who worked there had first pick, overcharged for stuff that was given to them, and the people at the top got all the money.
110 years later, this still hasn't changed.
Those with good hearts know that Goodwill is a good place, the others... well, they write bitchy letters anonymously on topix.
And who are you ???
HMMM

Mayfield, KY

#36 Apr 19, 2013
I shop Goodwill often. It does help to get there early, before the morning crowds start. I do know that once an employee is caught stealing, they are fired. As for donations being stolen that are left at night, that is not the employees or manager's fault. I have driven by the Baptist Church on Kentucky Avenue several times,(the house behind it that gives away clothing to needy), and saw people stealing the clothes and things left there after hours also. So, if you donated to a church, it does not mean they get it either. There are thieves everywhere. People get fired at Kmart, Walmart, all businesses for theft. You cannot target a single store. As for pricing, they all are suppose to price the same. If the one in Williamsburg is pricing cheaper, they will eventually get caught. I am sure those of you who are against theft will report them. Right????
curious

Cynthiana, KY

#37 Apr 26, 2013
aggrevated wrote:
<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.
well they are suppose to get fired if they take something while on the clock. According to their procedures. I choose not to donate to them. I don't know where they are helping people in the community, but I take my donated items to the homeless shelters or the local church to be given away to families in need. I know first hand they help more than goodwill.
Blondie

United States

#38 Jan 13, 2014
I used to be a "Goodwill Snob" would never shop there, till I started working there...and NO, the workers do not go thru the stuff and get out what they want, or put it to the side, or call others to come get it for them, that is grounds for immediate termination..Im not saying that you dont have some employees who do that kinda stuff, but IMO, why risk your job for a $3.00 shirt???@.My husband and I both work and have a small child, and we purchase alot of our clothes at the Goodwill...If you take the time to go thru all the racks, you can find some great clothes there...Goodwill has set prices for certain items...Other items are priced by the Manager and Assistant Manager, its to thier discretion what price is put on an item...and they have the right to lower the price of an item after so long...If an item is out on the floor, say for example, a vase, and it doesnt have a price on it, it has to be taken to the back, priced and brung out later that day...Cashiers CAN NOT price an item that isnt marked, thats a NO NO...When stuff is brought in and donated, there is no possible way of knowing who or when it was donated, must stuff isnt sorted as its donated, its put with the rest of the donations and gone thru daily, some Goodwills are literally, up to the ceilings in donations and you can only go thru so much per day...Also, each center has the right to refuse a donation, for example, if its garbage, yes, people have tried to bring us thier kitchen garbage, lol If furniture is torn, soiled, has bugs on it, which is ALWAYS checked before it enters our store, we dont want bugs in our workplace and we most certainly do not want that kinda stuff passed to our customers!!! I have been to other stores and have met some great people, and some no so great people, my motto is, when im at work, no matter what kinda day i am having, NEVER take it out on my customers, if it wasnt for them, I wouldnt have a job, and its not thier fault if im having a shitty day...You will have good and bad experiences at different stores, thats part of life, but dont judge one Goodwill by another...You have 4 Goodwills in the the Tri-County area, London, Corbin, Barbourville and Williamsburg...Check them all out!!! Oh, and should anyone need help, you can go to your local Goodwill and they cant point you in the right direction, there are area Churches that write vouchers for families in need...also, all are schools have resource centers, you can go in and talk to them and they also write vouchers....Also, the Goodwill offers a variety of programs, 2 that I love telling people about is, Cars to Work, if you need reliable transportain, they can help you get one, For example, i know of 2 who have gotten vehicles, and thier payments are right around 200 a month, but can be as low as 100 a month!!! Also, they have a wonderful lady, for our district, who can help you find a job....Theres numerous other programs they offer...With any company you wlil find people who have positive and negative things to say about them, for me, only POSITIVE things about my Goodwill!!!
granny

Gray, KY

#39 Jan 14, 2014
I use to give my things to Goodwill until I found out that they do not help anyone. I give my donations to Salvation Army or The Red Cross. They are the two that really help people who are in need. Goodwill is a rich man because of free donations. People give cars to them, thinking they are given to less fortunate people who are in need. They go through Adesa auctions and are sold and Goodwill gets the money. He was a smart man to name his business Good Will. Just research all them and you can read it all for yourself. Or better yet, Give your stuff to a homeless shelter or local womens shelter for abused women and their children or a church that gives it out for free to people who need it. Guess you can tell I am not a fan of Goodwill. He is a rich rich man!!
idea

United States

#40 Jan 15, 2014
there is that big church on 5th st in downtown corbin cenral Baptist I think and a clothing minestry directly behind it. you can leave clothes there and they are given ti people who have no money need it and are very appreciative of the things they are able to get for their families. they are given away not sold the same as they were given to them
Blondie

United States

#41 Jan 16, 2014
http://www.goodwillsc.org/about/history If you click on that link, it will take you to a page all about Goodwill, from where they started, to thier mission, to all the services that they offer.
Bill and Taffy Danoff

Cincinnati, OH

#42 Jan 23, 2014
Greene with envy wrote:
They do have rude employees
You'd be rude too if you were up to your elbows in bed bugs everyday at work, and bringing 'em home to your family! Ewwww.
try working there

Middlesboro, KY

#44 Feb 27, 2015
Maybe the employees are rude because of rumors like these...you say they help no one? They have many programs that are for everyone, not just workers. How do you know who Goodwill helps? You don't, you are just assuming. The local churches you are donating to? They bring most of your stuff to goodwill. They only keep the very best stuff. Customers come in and complain within earshot of the workers, calling them names, getting upset over things they can't control...the workers have to pick clothes up off the floor after you decide you don't want them and don't hang them back up. They have to clean up messes, such as urine, when a customer is too lazy to go to the bathroom and pees in the dressing room floor (trust me, it happens too often to be an accident)...or wipes feces all over the bathroom walls and mirrors...you have NO idea the nasty stuff the workers deal with on a daily basis, for very little money. The customers have gotten physical, shoving the workers to get to something they want...they let their kids run all over the store, making the workers practically babysit to make sure the child doesn't leave the store or get hurt. Those of you who choose to bash the store: go work there. I GUARANTEE you change your mind. It's easy to sit back and judge, but until you have worked there, you have NO IDEA. Do you know what it's like to have to load and unload heavy furniture in all kinds of weather? Or to hope you don't take bed bugs or lice home to your family? Or to finally be closing for the night after working non-stop all day, only to go out onto the sales floor and see that a customer went behind you and messed it all back up for spite? Or what about the customers who buy an item, go home and get something from their closet, and return their used item to the store instead of the one they actually bought? This is stealing! This really happens. They also go through every donation dropped off through the night, spreading a mess all over the parking lot and ruining everything. No wonder the employees aren't kissing everyone's butts!! It is a VERY VERY hard job. One that obviously isn't taken seriously or appreciated by people in the public. I LOVE how you talk of your churches, and helping people, but here you sit, being judgmental...isn't judging a sin? And gossiping...surely that is a sin too....and spreading lies...again, a sin. Before you start bashing me and my post, yes, i am a former employee...they helped me get a car for a reasonable price, helped me get back on track with my college education, tried their best to work with my schedule as a single parent, and gave me lots of new friends/co-workers. They have the exact same programs available to you, the public. All you have to do is ask. Just because people put things on topix doesn't mean they are true, and many of these posts are not accurate. One last thing, to the people complaining of sweater prices? They are $3.00, not five, unless it's a coat. Maybe people should research and get their facts straight before bashing others on a public website.
Rick

United States

#45 Mar 7, 2015
Corbin Good will has rude workers who arent friendly at all. The store smells bad and is a cluttered mess. Theres never an excuse for rudeness. They need to take training on how to treat thier customers. Its your job to clean, its your job to unload stuff. Dont like how hard the job is, then get another one. Customers go thru the donations and take stuff the same as Im sure the employees do there. Customers keep the store in business, why get on here and bad mouth them? The higher ups need to get on here and look at the comments, which im sure some of them are employees, they wouldnt be happy im sure.

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