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Gungahlin Charity Bin BBQ

By 10 December 2012 13

burning bins

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a charity bin fire which occurred yesterday afternoon (Sunday, December 9).

Around 2.20pm Gungahlin police officers saw a large amount of smoke coming from the Salvation Army charity bins located on Ernest Cavanagh Street.

ACT Fire and Rescue attended the scene and extinguished the blaze, managing to limit the fire damage to three charity bins and their contents.

Police would like to speak to two young girls who witnesses observed near the bins prior to the fire. They were possibly driving a 1990s model silver Mitsubishi Magna or similar.

Officer in Charge of Gungahlin Station Jeff Knight said it is disappointing that someone would destroy bins containing charitable donations.

“This is a despicable at any time of year but it is particularly low leading up to Christmas,” Sergeant Knight said.

“Arsonists often stay in the area to watch a fire they have lit, so the bystanders may well be those who lit the fire.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident and is yet to speak to police, or who saw a car matching the above description in the area is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

[Words courtesy ACT Policing, photo thanks to Mark who called 000]

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13 Responses to Gungahlin Charity Bin BBQ
#1
rhino5:25 pm, 10 Dec 12

When I read the title, I was expecting a charity bbq event near the bbqs lol but then i saw the photo and loled.

#2
schmeah5:36 pm, 10 Dec 12

Can we please have a residential waste collection day already! FFS, look at all that crap ..

#3
Ko.6:54 pm, 10 Dec 12

Some people are real winners.

#4
rosscoact7:06 pm, 10 Dec 12

schmeah said :

Can we please have a residential waste collection day already! FFS, look at all that crap ..

Apparently it’s better to have a free tip in the middle of town

#5
Woody Mann-Caruso7:36 pm, 10 Dec 12

FFS, look at all that crap ..

…that somebody brought, then replaced with more crap, when they couldn’t afford (more likely couldn’t be arsed) to dispose of the old crap properly?

How about you stop buying crap, or pay to get rid of your own crap, rather than expecting a handout from me because you’ve got a crap problem.

#6
Girt_Hindrance8:04 pm, 10 Dec 12

“Hmm, what should I do with these old Molotov cocktails? Perhaps someone could make charitable use of them…”

#7
Sandman8:36 pm, 10 Dec 12

If I was searching for a suspect I’d be looking at the charity that runs the bin. They’re no doubt sick of spending all that time sorting through the crap and throwing out garbage and decided it was easier to just torch it.

#8
thatsnotme9:30 pm, 10 Dec 12

schmeah said :

Can we please have a residential waste collection day already! FFS, look at all that crap ..

Why should we? Why, if you’ve bought crap that you no longer need, should it be someone else’s responsibility to get rid of it? Stuff you buy doesn’t just magically vanish when you have no more need for it – and tip fees seem like a decent way to ensure that my taxes aren’t paying for someone else’s wasteful habits.

I’d fully support money being put into preventing illegal dumping though – around charity bins and elsewhere – and fining the idiots who do it. With the amount of crap that’s dumped around town, it’d just about have to be a self supporting industry.s

#9
Sandman9:57 pm, 10 Dec 12

thatsnotme said :

schmeah said :

Can we please have a residential waste collection day already! FFS, look at all that crap ..

Why should we? Why, if you’ve bought crap that you no longer need, should it be someone else’s responsibility to get rid of it? Stuff you buy doesn’t just magically vanish when you have no more need for it – and tip fees seem like a decent way to ensure that my taxes aren’t paying for someone else’s wasteful habits.

I’d fully support money being put into preventing illegal dumping though – around charity bins and elsewhere – and fining the idiots who do it. With the amount of crap that’s dumped around town, it’d just about have to be a self supporting industry.s

Agreed. Not only that but if you visit a city that does have council cleanup days there’s a nice 3 to 4 week period where every nature strip in suburban areas has a nice pile of crap every 20 metres. I love collecting junk but even I think that looks bloody messy.

#10
bundah11:00 pm, 10 Dec 12

Either get rid of the bins or cull the farktards,the latter is more appealing.

#11
schmeah10:51 am, 11 Dec 12

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

FFS, look at all that crap ..

…that somebody brought, then replaced with more crap, when they couldn’t afford (more likely couldn’t be arsed) to dispose of the old crap properly?

How about you stop buying crap, or pay to get rid of your own crap, rather than expecting a handout from me because you’ve got a crap problem.

Not sure if you are explicity directing your comments to me but I acutally do a dump run about 4 times a year (seeing as we’re still clearing out crap from the house we moved into, which the previous owners were too lazy to dispose of) .. and I take quality wearables that no longer fit me to the charity bin .. when I can squeeze them in the chute.

Other than that, I do agree with your comments re over-consumption.

#12
Postalgeek12:23 pm, 11 Dec 12

schmeah said :

Can we please have a residential waste collection day already! FFS, look at all that crap ..

I’m in two minds over this. As others have said, lazy shits who over-consume and can’t be bothered to dispose of their crap properly shouldn’t be catered to.

On the other hand, that approach doesn’t solve the situation in its current state.

Having a waste collection day may do something to stem some dumping, but it’s a fair bet there’ll still be slobs who won’t wait for that day to roll around and will dump anyway.

I’d like to see mobile network HD security cameras mounted on light poles nearby so dumpers can be fined to oblivion.

#13
damien haas6:39 pm, 11 Dec 12

oh look, a police station in full unencumbered sight. no doubt the many surveillance cameras affixed to it have captured footage of this incendiary act.

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