ST JOHN OP SHOP NEW PLYMOUTH/FACEBOOK
Donated gardening manual, St John Op Shop
A New Plymouth op shop is reminding people to check they haven’t left something personal behind in donated items after receiving a gardening manual containing pressed cannabis leaves.
St John Op Shop New Plymouth shared a picture on social media of an open copy of the New Zealand Gardening A-Z with six cannabis plant leaves scattered across the pages.
“Just another wee reminder to check your purses, bags, pockets and BOOKS before bringing them in,” the post read.
“Someone forgot to remove their pressed flowers from the NZ Garden A to Z before (donating).”
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“Is this book and contents still available? Asking for a friend,” one person commented.
“Might be some useful tips in that book come the referendum,” said another.
It seems it’s not the first time someone has left marijuana behind in a donated item.
“We’ve had this as well!,” one commenter said. “Hilarious! And once a lady bought a new handbag and swapped all her belongs from the old one into the new one and left the old one as a donation. An hour later the phone rang [and she asked] “Ummmm, did I leave anything in that bag?”. Volunteer goes and checks and finds her bag of weed.”
It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the Devon Street East opportunity shop which, like all St John op shops, raises funds for new ambulances, shuttles and equipment for the charity as well as youth programmes. On Tuesday, it said donations had been “rolling in” with most items selling “as soon as it hits the floor”.
The quantity of op shop donations during alert level 2 suggests a lot of Kiwis spent their time in lockdown cleaning out their closets.
Salvation Army stores across the country have been “absolutely frantic” with donations, said national family stores manager Gareth Marshall.
“We expected that there would be another Christmas-like rush, and that has proven to be true.”