Some Use Charitable Organization's Site As Dumping Ground
Posted April 6, 2004 4:22 a.m. EDT
WAKE FOREST, N.C. — Tri-Area Ministries in Wake Forest collects gently used clothing, along with non-perishable food items, but some people are using the facility as their own personal dumping ground.
Employees say people have left items such as rundown furniture and toys that no longer work. Some said they have even found dirty diapers left behind.
"I get very resentful by people who just dump stuff. They just don't want to take it to the dump themselves because they feel like this is too good. Someone can use it," employee Linda Rich. "But who can use garbage. We have even gotten dirty diapers and things like that and that is not right."
"They clean out whatever they have and they don't want," employee Nola Murray said. "Instead of going to the dump with it, they dump it here and then we have to take care of it."
Tri-Area Ministries is not the only place that feels the impact of people dumping items. People who work at a nearby hair care center said they are not happy about the dumping either.
"This week, it looked like somebody dumped their whole household out there and the baby diapers and the trash," hairdresser Judith Scarborough said. "They must have stayed and had a snack because they dumped their Hardee's wrappers right beside our building."
Employees said they want to get the word out and ask people to only donate items that they believe others can use.