No Criminal Charges in Jonesboro Foster Kids Gift Exchange

Jan 17, 2011 Full story: MSNBC 45

Jonesboro Police say it may have been immoral or unethical, but what Department of Children and Family Services employees did with donated Christmas gifts for foster kids was not criminal.

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nightmare

Rector, AR

#1 Jan 17, 2011
These LOW LIFES THAT STOLE the gifts from the children SHOULD!!! GO TO JAIL.The PD is wrong, they just don't want to press the isssue. Scratching one anothers back comes to mind.Who wants to bet that if the presents were for their kids things would be different. STEALING IS WRONG EVEN IF ITS DONE BY GOVERMENT EMPLOYEES.
OMG

Jonesboro, AR

#2 Jan 17, 2011
How can that NOT be a criminal offense? I've always been taught that stealing is a crime. Have new laws been passed that make it OK to steal now? Does Walmart know about the new law? They still take a very dim view of shoplifting. Why is stealing OK for some people and not for others? OMG! I'm sooo confused!
Twister

Jonesboro, AR

#3 Jan 17, 2011
nightmare wrote:
These LOW LIFES THAT STOLE the gifts from the children SHOULD!!! GO TO JAIL.The PD is wrong, they just don't want to press the isssue. Scratching one anothers back comes to mind.Who wants to bet that if the presents were for their kids things would be different. STEALING IS WRONG EVEN IF ITS DONE BY GOVERMENT EMPLOYEES.
It's not the police departments call. I imagine the detectives that worked this case are just as upset over this. The buck stops in the prosecutors office a lot of the time. If the prosecutor decides not to prosecute.........that's the end of it.

Call them about it and complain.
wondering

United States

#4 Jan 17, 2011
This is crap, just to lazy to prosecute and investigate.

Since: Jan 11

United States

#5 Jan 17, 2011
It may be because they are state employees. Call the state on them and they'll have to come investigate. Everything. Every little file and every little mistake. They'll be screwed hard.

Since: Dec 10

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#6 Jan 18, 2011
The person that did that took "stolen property" because it was not hers, and returned it...How is that not a crime?? This is the same shit over and over again. I absolutely will not give MONEY or anything else to the Salvation Army because I donated 6 garbage bags of name brand clothing/shoes that didn't fit anymore to S.A. and they didn't give me a dime. Ok! I donated it, I didn't expect anything but them to GIVE the clothes to people that needed them. NOPE, they turned around and sold all of it in their "STORE" I wanted to do a good thing and they made a profit off of it.
guest

Blytheville, AR

#7 Jan 18, 2011
Goodwill does the same thing. They sell what you donate. I hope you got a rec. for your taxes.

Since: Dec 10

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#8 Jan 18, 2011
No I didn't, it was like when I was 16. Me and a bunch of my friends just went through our closets and got rid of stuff that was still in good condition we couldn't wear anymore. Or stuff our moms bought that we would never wear. LOL!
Kim

Trumann, AR

#9 Jan 18, 2011
The DHS workers need to be held accoutable for their actions. But no they got by with it. Makes you wonder.....where does all the gifts, money, food go....you know the stuff people donate to DHS for the families that need them. What has happened to the honest folks. This whole thing makes me ill.....just because they work for the state by no means excuses them for what they have done. Truth of the matter is the workers that done this actually have money and don't need the gifts.....I have lost all faith in the legal system. If DHS can get by with it, then what is that teaching everyone else. Listen up criminals take lessons from the state they will teach you how to get by everything legally!
guest

Jonesboro, AR

#10 Jan 18, 2011
One article stated that a company fulfilled Christmas lists and then asked for more. They got a duplicate list. The response? "oh, we like extras." Really? Yeah, extras TO RETURN. There were people in Craighead Co running around getting things on duplicate lists. It's conniving and deceitful. They won't get as much gifts next year and it won't be Dia Sawyer's fault. It will be the fault of DCFS and they way they run their circus.
good mom

United States

#11 Jan 18, 2011
If we had professional reporters that know how to do real investigative reporting then maybe they would be to afraid to let them get away with it. But no they think everyone will forget about it. I hope no one lets this drop. Keep posting and talking about it. I have and continue to send the link to legitimate news agencies and government officials. I tell them we will not forget about this and that they should do something about it. I can't wait for the holiday season to come to see if KAIT has the nerve to advertise asking for gifts for DHS.
Kim

Trumann, AR

#12 Jan 18, 2011
Actually we need to flood the newspapers with letters to the editor.....It may not help much but it worth a shot. I will not forget this....it is a disgrace to the honest people in the world that try to help those in need.
Guest

Jonesboro, AR

#13 Jan 18, 2011
Keep this thread at the top. It should NEVER be forgotten or excused!
Kim

Trumann, AR

#14 Jan 19, 2011
I Agree!
Twister

Jonesboro, AR

#15 Jan 19, 2011
Just stop donating. The world has become too greedy. Anyone that works for a paycheck is 'forced' to donate to those with less before you even get to see your paycheck.

I have heard that year after year, the donations pile up, they are scattered everywhere, left unguarded, unlocked, unaccounted for, so anyone that walks around where DHS is located has free roam to take whatever they want. They supposedly have tons of things that they never give to the children. Dumpsters FULL of clothing and stuff is just thrown away, after anyone that wants goes through it and takes what they want.

I am all donated out. Hell, you cannot trust ANYONE anymore. If you want someone to have something, it's best to just go place it in their hands.

In my lifetime, we have been scammed by the religious PTL club, the United Way......too many to list.
I'm done, no more will I donate anything.

I took a nice, but box type television set to Abilities Unlimited a few weeks ago and was met by a lady that rudely asked me if I had the dang remote. I did, it was in my pocket. Then she asked if it worked. Like duh, I wasn't thinking that she was a tv repair person. Then when I politely asked if I could have a tax receipt.......she went into a long drawn out gibberish, I think insinuating that the televisions worth was not worth her time to write a receipt?? No one appreciates anything, even when given to them anymore. Nothing is good enough. I don't get it.

Since: Dec 10

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#16 Jan 19, 2011
See I don't understand it, it's these cranky b!tches that are looking for the "good donations" so they can take stuff home for themselves. I bought a newer tv stand for Christmas for myself and fiance' and so we had our old one that is still in really good condition (a couple scratches on the black finish from the tv bracket) other than that nothing broken. Plus two bookcases. I have heard from so and so "oh take it to abilities unlimited" heck no, I let it sit on my front porch till I could find someone that wanted/needed it. I'm not going to donate it to somewhere that is going to charge people for stuff I was just giving away anyway. I found someone that needed it and it's gone now and the only thing charged was the gas they needed to come get it cuz I don't have a truck to deliver it.

Since: Dec 10

Location hidden

#17 Jan 19, 2011
I think if Kait or some place is asking for donations for families with children, I will get the address or something for that specific family, I'm not just going to hand over gifts anymore to organizations. With all the campaigning they do anyway, they could spend some of that money on the donations themselves.
Think about it

Blytheville, AR

#18 Jan 19, 2011
JBeans wrote:
The person that did that took "stolen property" because it was not hers, and returned it...How is that not a crime?? This is the same shit over and over again. I absolutely will not give MONEY or anything else to the Salvation Army because I donated 6 garbage bags of name brand clothing/shoes that didn't fit anymore to S.A. and they didn't give me a dime. Ok! I donated it, I didn't expect anything but them to GIVE the clothes to people that needed them. NOPE, they turned around and sold all of it in their "STORE" I wanted to do a good thing and they made a profit off of it.
The Salvation Army does have a program to give free clothing to people who need it. The store gives people their dignity to feel that they can pay (hopefully a smaller price) for the clothing or whatever they need and be able to provide for their family. Some people will not ask for help but will shop at the Good Will or Salvation Army. Just another perspective. Please don't lump all charity organizations together. Some good, some not so good.
What

Blytheville, AR

#19 Jan 20, 2011
JBeans wrote:
See I don't understand it, it's these cranky b!tches that are looking for the "good donations" so they can take stuff home for themselves. I bought a newer tv stand for Christmas for myself and fiance' and so we had our old one that is still in really good condition (a couple scratches on the black finish from the tv bracket) other than that nothing broken. Plus two bookcases. I have heard from so and so "oh take it to abilities unlimited" heck no, I let it sit on my front porch till I could find someone that wanted/needed it. I'm not going to donate it to somewhere that is going to charge people for stuff I was just giving away anyway. I found someone that needed it and it's gone now and the only thing charged was the gas they needed to come get it cuz I don't have a truck to deliver it.
You're getting all worked up over charities that have thrift stores. Are you just realizing that the Salvation Army, Goodwill and Abilities Unlimited have stores that charge for donated items? That's a totally separate issue. People (at least most people) donating to these organizations should expect that the items are going to the store to be sold, which in turn funds their charitable efforts. Donating wrapped gifts bought for specific children in foster care using their handwritten wish lists should not be returned for cash by an employee.

People on these threads about this issue keep bringing up issues that have nothing to do with the matter at hand. Double dipping and the Salvation Army stores have nothing to do with this matter. Perhaps the reason the prosecutor was reluctant to do anything about this is because he knows a lot of people around here are too stupid to understand the issue in the first place and are easily distracted by other complaints that don't relate to the problem one bit.
Twister

Jonesboro, AR

#20 Jan 20, 2011
What wrote:
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Perhaps the reason the prosecutor was reluctant to do anything about this is because he knows a lot of people around here are too stupid to understand the issue in the first place and are easily distracted by other complaints that don't relate to the problem one bit.
Bingo ! I think this holds a lot of truth.

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