Clothes donated by members of the public to charity are being stolen by organised criminals and sold abroad, depriving leading charities of millions of pounds for good causes.Criminal gangs? Who could possibly be doing such a thi...
Gangs from Eastern Europe are believed to be responsible for a growing number of raids on doorstep collection bags and clothing banks, attracted by a trebling in the price for old clothing in the past three years.And charities are up in arms:
According to Britain's biggest charity shop operator Oxfam, police have shown little interest in investigating the crimes because of a perception that donated clothing is worthless and because of a lack of firm evidence.Welcome to the club, charities!
Oxfam's trading director David McCullough isn't happy. Or, it seems, very intelligent:
"Evidence suggests it's being taken into the commercial market abroad, principally in Eastern Europe. Some of the people who have been stopped and cautioned are predominantly Eastern European."Wha..? Once more, in English?
"Some of the people who have been stopped and cautioned are predominantly Eastern European..."*boggle*
Still, once you've taken a few English courses, will you be campaigning against the EU's free movement policies which allow these criminal gangs free rein to fleece you?
No. Didn't think so...