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Charity store attacked over broken furniture

PUBLISHED: 13:22 13 August 2010

THE “DISRESPECTFUL” actions of a charity store is leaving broken furniture to be strewn across the street, according to a neighbour.

Mark Stimson, 24, is angered workers at the British Heart Foundation furniture and electrical store, Stuart Road are breaking unused stock and leaving it in their yard, which then spills onto the road.

“This has been going on for around three months. It is really disrespectful. Why don’t they pass the unwanted furniture on to another charity rather than just break it up. It seems very spiteful,” he said.

“My uncle had a heart transplant and thinks so highly of the British Heart Foundation. I think is such a shame this is going on.”

He also said his complaints at the store had been dismissed by the manager

Mike Giblin, furniture and electrical stores area manager was quick to explain the problem.

“Unfortunately quite a lot of people dump unsaleable items out the back if they can’t be bothered to take it to the tip.”

“We would never break up useable furniture as we are desperate for donations at the moment.

If staff have been seen breaking furniture it is because it is already broken and is easier to transport to recycling when broken up.”

Mr Giblin added the Gravesend store frequently passes on unsellable furniture to the fire department to the fire department to be used in training exercises.

A further concern raised by Mr Stimson was a low fence that allowed passers-by to rummage through the debris for useable items, leading to the scattering of litter across Stuart Road.

Mr Giblin promised to investigate installing a higher yard fence

“If it is causing a problem to the rest of the public that is something we need to look at,” he said.

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