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Recently, a woman got trapped in a donation box in Toronto and died. A week earlier, a man died in a West Vancouver donation box. The media found that since 2015, eight people have died trying to get inside these clothing bins.
Critics called the bins “death traps.” A witness to the Toronto woman’s death said, “She was just utterly pinned in there… It was like an animal trap designed not to release her.”
In a collection of panicky responses, West Vancouver ordered all donation bins in the city locked. Vancouver considered banning them completely. Diabetes Canada decided to retrofit all of its 4000 clothing donation bins across the country. Burnaby called for the removal of all bins.
All of which seems to imply that hundreds of charities – national, regional, or local – are at fault for risking the public’s health.
No one seems to be asking why the public is getting into the bins anyway.
Categories: Sharp Edges
Tags: Lake Country, Thrift Shop, Food Bank, theft