Used sex toys, bloody clothes and bag full of dog poo donated to charity shop

Used sex toys and a handbag full of dog poo have been “donated” to a charity shop.

The store, which has not been named, says it has also received blood-stained clothes, a stained potty and loose knives.

Donations have flooded in to charity shops since they reopened last month after being closed for months during lockdown, DevonLive reports.

But the shop in South Molton, Devon, admitted it only keeps around 10% of the donations it receives.

Other items it has been given include half used boxes of incontinence pads, adult DVDs and "worn dressing up clothes", along with food out of date by several years.

A box of rusty screws and nails, dried up tubes of glue, bits of broken wood and half-used bottles of shampoo are also among some of the worst donations received.

Another charity shop in North Devon recently unpacked three used toilet brushes and a bag full of used and unwashed underwear.

The assistant manager of the shop in South Molton, who asked to remain anonymous, said it often spends £40 a week on refuse costs to have unsuitable items taken away.

She said: “After so many years working for a charity as an assistant manager, I can honestly say I must have seen most things donated.

“I have come across stained and torn clothes, broken ornaments, electrical items with plugs cut off, filthy dirty food mixers, frying pans still with food burnt on, stained bedding and cushions, and filthy cuddly toys that no sane parent would let their child handle.

“The smell when you open big bags of clothing can be overpowering. I personally hate sorting kids clothing as they are often stained, especially the baby stuff."

She added: “I have a theory that most people who donate to a charity shop don’t actually shop in a charity shop, or they would not give us the utter rubbish that they do, and in the condition that they do.”

It follows reports earlier this year that Devon-based charity Hospicare faces an annual bill of £32,000 to dispose of donated items it cannot sell.

But former charity shop volunteer Zoe Hearn, of Holsworthy, Devon, said: “Yes you do get some grotty things donated, but you have to look at the bigger picture.

“People think they are helping and most people have the best of intentions.”

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