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Surge in Vinnies bin vandalism

DISAPPOINTED: Ted McNally and Leigh McDonald next to one of their damaged bins.
DISAPPOINTED: Ted McNally and Leigh McDonald next to one of their damaged bins. Michael Doyle

WORKERS at the Dalby St Vincent de Paul's have been left disappointed after an upsurge in their charity bins being damaged.

Last week the they reported both their charity bin and rubbish bin being vandalised on three occasions.

Their bins were attacked twice the week prior.

Items including clothes and toys which were donated by members of the public for the group have been stolen or scattered on the ground.

Store manager Leigh McDonald said it was an issue for all charity groups.

"It is very disappointing for us," she said.

"We have had items stolen or just thrown around.

"It is usually our volunteers who come in the morning, and are our elderly volunteers, who have to pick it all back up."

THROWN AROUND: Items which were donated to St Vincent de Paul's in Dalby are being stolen and left scattered on the ground.
THROWN AROUND: Items which were donated to St Vincent de Paul's in Dalby are being stolen and left scattered on the ground. Contributed

Ted McNally said he could not understand why vandals were also targeting the rubbish bin at the back of their Cunningham St shop.

He stated it was a shame the charity and good will offered by the community was being wasted.

"Often things which do not fit in our bin are left next to it in good faith," Mr McNally said.

"But then they are stolen or scattered on the ground."

The charity group is considering surveillance options to protect the bins.

Topics:  charity bins dalby st vincent de paul


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