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Kerry Harper

Dear editor:
This concerns a problem at the Salvation Army’s drop-off box.
There are people who decide that it is all right to drop off or steal items at the Salvation Army at all hours of the day or night. This is happening Saturday, Sunday, and weekdays (for example, 6 p.m., 12:30 a.m., 2:15 a.m., and 3:45 a.m.)
These people have been placing items at the metal shed and up against the two walls of the buildings with no regard for time or noise.
Some of these items are left even though they will be damaged by the weather. Some items are just plain garbage that they don’t want and are too lazy to take to the landfill.
So it seems that to hide the fact that they “have garbage,” they put it at the Salvation Army secretly at night so no one sees.
Who do they think wants a 20-year-old exercise machine, or a moldy mattress or moldy sofa?
If you have an item that can be reused, could you not just drop it off when the store is open and ask if it can be used—or even if the store actually has room for it.
The occupant of the house next to the shed is my mother and she feels unsafe when, at all hours of the night, things are thrown into the alcove with no regard for time and noise.
Some of her personal items have been damaged as a result of falling off walls or shelves.
In my opinion, the practice of drop-off or steal is a lack of common courtesy, respect, and a fire hazard to the Salvation Army, my mother, and residents of the area.
Kerry Harper
Fort Frances, Ont.