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#1 *~Luvmy3~*

Posted 06 January 2013 - 01:33 AM

Hi all, this evening after playing a few games of bowling, myself and DP came out to our car and seen 2 females rummaging through the clothes that were put in front of the donation bin. I thought maybe i should report it but didnt say anything then my DP said i should ring the police and report them, being thats what i had thought to do and having him agree i did just that. I rang the police and reported the ladies and the car they were driving.

Just wondering what you would do in this position, would you not worry about it or would you report it as well?

#2 la di dah

Posted 06 January 2013 - 01:50 AM

No I wouldn't call the cops on people going through a heap of trash "in front" of a bin. If anything I might offer to buy them a sandwich.

I don't know what it's like out here but the donation bins I'm used to don't even pick up stuff "in front of" bins, just inside. And if someone can't afford the 5-10 dollars for clothes from an op-shop or Kmart, I'm not going to bust them for trashpicking.

It would not even have occured to me, in all honesty, to call the cops for that.

Can I have an option C that isn't "not worry" or "call cops"? Honestly I'd feel bad for them. Even if they've got other stuff wrong with them, I kind of feel like SOMETHING has to be wrong with them...?

Edited by la di dah, 06 January 2013 - 01:55 AM.


#3 RainRain

Posted 06 January 2013 - 02:00 AM

Doesn't seem dangerous for women to be rummaging through discarded clothes, just desperate. Out of interest what did the police say?

#4 José

Posted 06 January 2013 - 02:15 AM

I wouldn't call the police. Stuff near a donation bin probably doesn't belong to anyone, technically. I doubt they were breaking any laws. At least they weren't stealing clothes from shops. Sure it would be better if they purchased the clothes through the store who placed the donation bin there but I sure wouldn't call the cops on them. I'm grateful I'm not in a position where I need to rummage through discarded old clothes in order to find something to wear

#5 Coffeegirl

Posted 06 January 2013 - 07:45 AM

I wouldn't call the cops for people going through my hard waste collection on the curb, and the same for people going through the charity bins.

However, the mess that these bin divers leave behind that irks me  mad.gif .  I get that they may need the goods, but there is no need to scatter them for metres around the bin, and then leave it there.

#6 CupOfCoffee

Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:00 AM

I am not sure what I would do.  

Stealing from charity bins costs the charities huge amounts of money and is not always stolen buy those in need.  There have been cases where people have been found and charged with theft (where they were stealing goods and selling them).

People who steal from charity bins are not only stealing, often they destroy perfectly good stock as they look for things they want and discourage people from donating.  

So while I don't know if I would ring the police, I think it was probably the right thing to do.

#7 Cacti

Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:08 AM

If they were put in front of the bin (not in it), I wouldn't - it says on the bins not to leave stuff outside of them. It's not really stealing if it's just left on the ground.

#8 asdf89

Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:18 AM

My understanding is that the charities have to dispose of all the stuff left outside of the bins (often at great cost)... so those women were saving the charity a few dollars!

If the people who donated the items wanted them to go to the charity, they wouldn't have left them outside the bin.

I wouldn't have bothered the police about it. Would you call the police if you saw someone dumpster diving?

#9 GoneWithTheWhinge

Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:54 AM

I wouldn't have rung the police.

I probably would have wondered if they were rummaging through desperation and need rather than looking through trying to find stuff to sell on, not through desperation but as an ebay business.

#10 aidensmum

Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:01 AM

The ones near our house have CCTV monitors and they report theft and licence plates to police.  Have seen articles in our local paper about it being theft even when left outside the donation bins, or left outside the op shop.

I wouldnt do anything personally. If I was brave I might say something or take the rego and report it to council or something.  Shame cos they would be damaging other donations in the process  and leaving stuff exposed to the weather.  Probably not the only bin they are going thru either.

#11 HRH Countrymel

Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:13 AM

I got thrown in a donation bin when I was at high school (we had one on the school grounds).

They smell REALLY bad inside.... stinky shoe smell.  It was one of the scariest experiences of my entire high school life!




If people were carefully rummaging I wouldn't have done anything, but I have yet to see anyone rummage carefully.

If they were tearing the bags open and spreading stuff around I would have said something to the police.

I've helped the tiny 90 year old lady who manages the Red Cross Shop in out little town try to gather together the detritus that had been strewn across the footpath from 'rummagers'.

She was nearly in tears as we gathered up now filthy and unusable baby clothing and toys from the gutters and from around the dog piddled veranda posts.

We had two piles - things to take home to wash again and things for the bin.  The bin pile was bigger.

#12 SeaPrincess

Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:15 AM

QUOTE (la di dah @ 05/01/2013, 11:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't know what it's like out here but the donation bins I'm used to don't even pick up stuff "in front of" bins, just inside.

There are 4 bins across the road from our old house and several by the children's school and they all have big signs saying that if anything is left outside the bins it is considered litter.  The trucks don't take it.   I wouldn't do anything.

#13 Princess.cranky.pants

Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:46 AM

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If they were put in front of the bin (not in it), I wouldn't - it says on the bins not to leave stuff outside of them. It's not really stealing if it's just left on the ground.


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Stuff near a donation bin probably doesn't belong to anyone, technically. I doubt they were breaking any laws.


Taking stuff from inside or in front of charity bins is stealing. It is breaking the law and offenders can be prosecuted. At least it is in QLD.

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No I wouldn't call the cops on people going through a heap of trash "in front" of a bin. If anything I might offer to buy them a sandwich.


Most of the people stealing for charity bins are not doing so because they are in desperate need. Often it's someone who happens to see something they like so they take it because they can. And a lot of stuff ends up being sold at markets or ebay.

Stealing from charity bins is a huge problem and is costing charities thousands every. They take the good stuff, destroy what's left and leave a big mess for volunteers to clean up. If I saw someone taking donations I would report them.

I never put donations in bins because they can get stolen or ruined because some scum has put stinking bags of rubbish in the bins..

#14 Just-one-more

Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:57 AM

When we moved recently we dropped heaps of stuff in the bin near our house. A tall washing hamper that wouldn't fit in I left next to the bin. As I was going home I realised I had most likely left a set of play silks in the hamper as I planned to keep it but at the last minute donated it. I went back and found them. Someone very well might have thought I was rummaging I suppose?
I wouldn't call the police on them unless they had broken into the bin or the charity store or they were tossing things around making a big mess?

#15 Feral Madam Mim

Posted 06 January 2013 - 04:33 PM

This is why I never use the bins, I take my stuff directly to the shops.

#16 jessie123

Posted 06 January 2013 - 07:50 PM

QUOTE (mad madam mim @ 06/01/2013, 05:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This is why I never use the bins, I take my stuff directly to the shops.


This. Often it is taken to sell at markets/ebay.




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