What a sorry state we’re in

PUBLISHED: 17:20 12 April 2007 | UPDATED: 13:56 04 May 2010

I AM a new volunteer in an Ely charity shop which raises money so that the organisation can make money for research. We also donate items to hospitals, and help to inform the general public how their lifestyle can have an effect on their health and long-t

I AM a new volunteer in an Ely charity shop which raises money so that the organisation can make money for research. We also donate items to hospitals, and help to inform the general public how their lifestyle can have an effect on their health and long-term life expectations.

On Monday, April 2, I was helping in the shop when, to my horror, I noticed a valuable flute that was for sale had disappeared. Someone had obviously taken it without paying.

It would be really nice if the person who took it returned it to the shop. Perhaps you might also like to reply to this letter and explain why you need to steal from a charity shop whose research in the past 25 years has saved millions of lives. The value of the item stolen would pay for several heart monitors.

Apparently, shoplifting from charity shops is a common occurrence in the UK. What a sad world we live in.

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