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Storage ripped apart

Volunteers at a thrift shop on Sutherland Avenue walked up to work on Friday morning with an unpleasant surprise. 

Their locked storage space had been broken into and bags of used clothing meant for under-privileged women and children in Third World countries were rummaged through in the parking lot.

To add insult to injury, a neighbouring business owner walked up to his store and saw people shooting up on his doorstep that same morning. 

“This area has taken a turn for the worse as far as illegal street activity is concerned,” said the thrift shop manager Julie. 

Julie added that this type of mess has been going on for quite some time now.

“For months now, it seems every morning there is some sort of mess left behind from the prior evening’s ‘activities,’ and nothing much is being done about it.”

"We’ve tried calling the police, we’ve complained to the City, we’ve even hired private security and things are just getting worse and worse around here," she added.

Julie stresses that she cares for the homeless, but respect has to be top priority on both ends. 

"We love the homeless, the unwanted, and the forgotten. Helping them is the reason we exist, but disrespecting us and our property like this just isn’t right. There needs to be a mutual respect here.” 



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