Consumer Complaints and Reviews
On Saturday 18th March 2017 I went to visit the Salvation Army Family store on Grey street in Hamilton. Unfortunately I had arrived after closing time, so before leaving I thought I would look at the display items in the window and was appalled and offended on seeing two children's books displayed, one was entitled "Three Little Golliwogs' and the other Ten Little **. Being a person of colour and having grown up being likened to and called these names I found this very culturally insensitive. I also feel as a nationally recognised organisation that works with disadvantaged and marginalised people, this surely goes against respecting all races.
Hamilton East is a culturally diverse community with many people of colour using this shop. This book display reflects an insensitivity by the organisation to some of its users. I would like to see these books removed and not displayed. I would also like to hear that the staff (who I am sure were well meaning and possibly unaware of the offence) be given the reason for the removal and provided with guidance around displaying culturally sensitive material. My email address is **. I would like to receive a personal response to this review and hear how this has been addressed.
Unbelievable experience. My husband and I moved a lot of HEAVY, HEAVY furniture onto our driveway had it bundled nicely and ready to be picked up. A HEAVY SLEEPER Sofa. Hardly used. A HEAVY Queen Bed. Hardly used. A HEAVY Freezer. HEAVY DRESSERs etc... This company left EVERYTHING but the Freezer. SHAME on you Salvation Army. We are NOT talking junk here!! What a waste of time. Will no longer feel guilty going to GOODWILL.
As many people on this site, I wanted to donate two major pieces of furniture instead of just tossing them. The furniture I was looking to donate were two pieces of Ethan Allen furniture - a coffee table and bookcase. After having it booked for weeks, the drivers immediately come in and say "no way can we take that - someone should have called you ahead of time to make you send them pictures" which they NEVER did. He was very rude and abrasive. He then asked if I "actually" had clothes to donate or was this a complete waste of their time. Incredibly unpleasant and irritated.
I then called them to suggest they provide more disclosure on how selective they are on accepting furniture and express my disappointment with how rude the driver was to which the person on the phone was equally if not more rude and then hung up on me. My family has always donating to the Salvation Army and I will encourage them to find another charity moving forward.
I called Salvation Army for a pick up for my stuff. That I wanted to donate to them. No call never got back to me. They have done this before. Would not recommend. At all.
I thought I was doing a good thing trying to donate furniture and clothes to the Salvation Army. Instead I learned never to deal with them again and highly recommend everyone avoid using them. I called and arranged for this pickup and was asked to email pictures of the furniture which I did. They contacted me and said that everything was acceptable and we confirmed a delivery date. They were supposed to pick up my items on 2/27/17. Never showed up and never called. On Tuesday 2/28/17 I contact them and am told they will pick up on 3/1/17. At 11:15 a.m. I receive a call saying they are 3 stops away so I leave my office and wait for them. After 1.5 hours of waiting I called them and asked for an update and am told they are a few miles away. Another 15 minutes go by and they arrive.
The driver looks at everything and says everything looks good. He and his helper load up the clothing bags and walk back to the furniture and the driver says "Oh I can't take this, it is worn"? I said "Yes it is a used loveseat?" He said "Yes we don't take worn furniture, it has to be perfect?" What? He then walks over and looks at the chair again and says he can't take that either? I call their office and tell them they approved this furniture for pickup and am then told it is at the discretion of the driver. Had I known the hassle associated with trying to do a good thing with this agency I would never have contacted them. What a complete waste of time. I could have given this away on Craigslist and been done with it. Rest assured lesson learned and will avoid SA in the future.
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Due to a kitchen remodel, a couple of years ago, we donated kitchen appliances that were in like-new condition; all worked and I made sure that they were all spotless. When they came to our home to pick them up the men said they couldn't come into our home, due to insurance reasons. What? Too weird... My husband and I ended up loading them onto our own hand trucks, wheeling them out to their truck and placing them on the truck lift.
I have very nice pieces of furniture along with several other useful items I have scheduled for pick-up from our storage facility. The first cancellation was due to Weather conditions. Apparently, here in WA where it snows every winter is a problem for trucks, but not most cars. Anyway, it was re-scheduled for two weeks later. Today's the date, but a man called to say there is something wrong with the pick-up location; it doesn't match my address. I said that's because the items are being picked up at a storage facility, not my address. This was all outlined on the form that was prepared online. He says, "Well, the truck that going out today is not going to that area; it's a different zip code".
I let him know that although it's a different zip code, the facility is very close to my home address because I live right next to the town (within walking distance) where the facility is. He tells me it can be picked up there in a few days. I say, ok and then ask him why this wasn't the apparent big problem when dispatch told me it was being re-scheduled due to a truck being stuck in snow? He rudely says I don't have to donate to SA if I don't want to. I tell him I don't appreciate his attitude and expect them to pick up the items in a few days. I guess SA has too many people donating and can afford to pass on very good merchandise, not anything that should go to the dumps instead. And, apparently, they do not keep records of prior donations. I have donated to SA for years, and have also placed cash in their kettles during the holidays. If they don't show up or if I get another person speaking to me they way this employee has, ALL donations will cease.
My wife contacted the Salvation and gave a list of items to be pick up and when they arrived, the driver said the items were not on the list. I said not true because they were listed by computer. They act as though they want certain items only. Being a disabled Veteran I will no longer give them anything and ask all veterans not to donate along with my friends. It's all about money. From this day forward I have nothing good to say about them because this the second time this has happened. I would take it to the dump before I ever give to SALVATION ARMY. I have already called some veterans and friends and asked not to give to them ever and explained why.
The other issue is they left items out in the rain that they did not take. All additional items were in good shape and cost more than they could ever afford. Trying to do the right thing with these RIGHTEOUS BEGGARS who would not have nothing if it was not for donations. I am sending tweets daily about these deplorable humans. Thanks.
I bought a couch and chaise for my teens gaming room. I return the next day to get furniture and bring it home to notice an infestation of bed bugs. I called the store and spoke with a clerk and all I got was "I'm sorry". I'm very livid. I spent over 200 dollars on furniture that ended up in the trash within 30 mins of being at my home. I was smart enough not to bring the furniture into my house but took my carpet cleaner outside to clean and shampoo it. That is where I found live bugs and a severe infestation. I know it's the law to treat and sanitize anything being sold second hand and in this matter I don't believe it was. I'm livid and will be calling corporate. I have been a long time customer of the Salvation Army stores but this has done me in and will no longer return. I have multiple pictures of the furniture and I will make it seen for everyone here in my town so they know the store does not sanitize or even look over furniture before selling!
Scheduled a pickup for a denim loveseat. Sofa was 3 years old, never used, foam seats could be rolled for an overnight guests which I never had. Room being changed to a bedroom and sofa had to go. Salvation Army came this morning and refused to pick up the sofa because on top of an arm they found some cat's hair. I do have a cat and this cat has never in her life Sat on that sofa which was locked in my room HOWEVER because cats are curious and because I had moved the sofa from the room upstair to the front door to make it easier to be loaded on a truck, my cat Sat on one of its arms for 25 minutes this morning until she bored. I volunteered to vacuum but they were not interested. Talks followed about not having place in the truck, or when unloading other people would have allergies, in few words they did not want it. I will never make a donation to the Salvation Army either in goods or money.
Disastrous. Unacceptable. Idiotic. And that's the NICE things I can say about SA for now!! They NEVER come for Home pickups; I scheduled a pickup in 5/2016, only to be told they're booked, do it in late June. Got a pickup for 7/1/16, only to be told (after NUMEROUS follow-ups on MY part) no one is coming because all the drivers called out sick! Rescheduled several times until 1/3/17, only to be told the truck broke down! 8 boxes of Media sitting in my home to donate, only for this! I'm not even doing this for a tax write-off!
It's VERY clear that certain 'hoods' get shafted by the SA, because they're thought of as 'unimportant'. They may want to look into the racist inclinations of the reasoning of their 'pickups'. I'm beginning to sense something... Regardless, for a company that is religious based, why do they have me screaming, "Bloody Hell" in regards to their professionalism?! I KNOW for a fact customers constantly steal their Media oriented material in their stores, but I thought my items would still help their cause. Now I just have 'cause' for concern giving anything to them! Oh, another word... RIDICULOUS... Very fitting for them.
The service is supposed to be for people. They are against everything they are there for. I will never donate through them again. They are a team of ignorants/robots who don't care about anything and have no other answers than "there is nothing we can do about that" as if they are only there to respond to the phone. Unethical bunch of ignorants.
I called to donate items and they came and would not take my items. Told me the beautiful Ethan allen end tables were outdated and not real wood. What they were wood. A new not used bicycle had a flat tire. Also a kitchen table was not wood. This was also real wood. They would not even take a glass table. They told me they don't take glass. I wanted home all day to be told this. They are horrible. The driver told me they want new items... Who donates new items these days. I will never call them again. Never...
I was checking out a jewelry bag which was $45.00 and the tall blonde lady behind the counter asked if she could see the bag for a minute. Of course I gave it to her and even though there was staples already in it she had to put in more like I was going to open it and take things out. Then she takes it and puts it back on the counter instead of giving it back to me. I am 58 years old and have never been treated so rude!!! I shop lots of Salvation Army Stores and also donate but I will not spend another dime at this store as long as they don't know how to treat people. I also called and the manager Brad was very condescending to me and all I have to say is look at the camera on 11/4/2016 at 9:30 am!! I have never been so disrespected by a rude employee that dresses as if she is an escort!!! I will NEVER shop there again and I have actually been going there for ten plus years!!! This happened at 9:30 am and has consumed and ruined my day!!!
(Originally the inheritance amount said was, $60 Billion) The US continues to dominate in every category, from the most Health Problems, to producing the most Poorest Quality of Food, to giving away the most Poorest Quality of Food, to throwing out the most food, to the most prison inmates, to the most Mental Health Patients, to most domestic violence cases, to most homicides & crimes in general, to the most greed of any country based on the highest rate of disposable anything, to building the most weapons.
To even killing the most people in other countries, and yes moderation team US also leads in Homelessness & what has salvation army done with $1.8 Billion in aiding the homeless? It sure isn't been keeping our homeless off the streets &/or eating healthier food by reducing the health risks. Keep on cutting out the voice of the American people and any room for improvement, quality, and freedom, from such domination. Boo hoo on Consumer Affairs! You're helping hand is -0- to worst.
I used to love the store but not now. The Asian assistant manager is a long time employee with Salvation Army and plays all kind of games for her own interests. The bottom line is she should not force me to play the game with her. When I did not go along with her, she turned around gave me hard time, even harassed me and humiliated me. Salvation Army management did not discuss the problem with me, the meeting to discuss the problem never becomes true. I received a letter that management asked employees to give client senior discount after regular discount and ignored the fact that she violated rule and regulation in employee hand book.
Mission Values of The Salvation Army Our Vision - The Salvation Army - a growing, loving community of people dynamically living God's mission in a broken world. Please see Salvation claimed: Our Mission - The Salvation Army raised up by God for the work of: Transforming Lives; Caring for People; Making Disciples; Reforming Society; Our Values - Recognizing that God is always at work in the world we value: Human Dignity; Justice; Hope.Please see what Salvation Army did. May 29, 2015: On May 26, 2015 the Asian Assistant Manager repeated that no senior discount after 50% off of blue tag according to store policy. She did not bother to check the policy, she did not bother to ask other employees about the policy, and she did not bother to show me the policy at all when I asked her to show me many times. Why all other employees know store policy except her??? What kind of assistant manager she is???
I did not fight with her after she refused to give me senior discount. I left the counter and did not purchase the item. It was her came to me while I was talking with my friend in other side of store.
She did not show me the policy and she did not let me talk to higher position person. She had nothing else to do but harassing me for a long time. I finally told her to leave me alone to stop her. Is this a correct way for an assistant manager to treat a customer like this??? She then complained about me to other customers to humiliate me. This is a serious harassment. Other customers may think I am a crazy woman according to her words. Is this a professional way to treat a customer like this???
Friday, May 29, 2015 2:20 PM. She said "hi" only to certain customers that she liked. She treated customers differently. For example if there was no tag she would tell me or my friend that she would charge full price. One day a customer in front of me was checking out. Some stuff did not have tags. She let him pay half price of similar items that he got. One time she charged me the yarn double price because it was a little bigger. Few days later I saw same size yarn marked half of the price I paid. I did not argue with her. Another time she told a customer in front of me that she could not sell him the book like before. She did not explain why, but asked the customer to the other side and whispered to him. Why she could not talk to him in front of everybody so we all understand the rule?
She did not allow me to use refund. She said next time. Then next time she still did not allow me to use. So I asked her when I could use. She finally let me use. Why she gave me hard time??? She always told me to deliver massages for her to other employees, or told me to close the door. I did what she said, yet she was still mean to me. No other employees told me to do this or that like her. One day she was arranging clothes and I was passing by. She refused to move her skinny body a little bit so I could go through. Instead she told me to walk around from other side. I did what she said and did not argue with her. She was not friendly to other employees. She always told them "you have to" without "the reason why".
She had nothing better to do till I told her to leave me alone. The price of the item sometime was according to what she said. She could lower it or double it. It was according to her relationship with customer. She was not doing the right job and she was not a qualified worker. CC. I went to the store on Oct. 13, 2015. I was sexually harassed by an old widow. I was hiding on second floor and some customers went to Linda for help and she did not care at all. She said that same thing happened a week ago and even worse. Georgia was not in at that time. Finally the guy David went to talk to the widow and told him do not come back. He also offered me to walk to my car. What kind of assistant manager Linda was besides harass me?
November 10, 2015 11:41 AM. She violates Salvation Army Employee Rules and Regulations. #5. Threatening, intimidating, coercing, or interfering with fellow staff, customers, clients or other visitors on The Salvation Army's premises. #13. Using offensive language or indulging in malicious gossip. #15. Collection of funds or solicitation for any purpose whatsoever on work time unless expressly authorized by management or mishandling of any donation to The Army. #19. Discourtesy to one's fellow staff, clients or to the public in any manner. #21. Participation in, or silence regarding any illegal activities connected with the work place. Knowledge of any such activities should be reported to one's supervisor or the next command level for confidential investigation.
#22. Sexual harassment and other forms of harassment/retaliation tied to such employee characteristics as age, religion, gender, marital status, race, and nation of origin, disability, sexual orientation, status as a veteran, or status in any group protected by state or local law. All employees have a responsibility to report harassment/retaliation of any type to their supervisors. Should an incident involve a supervisor, immediate contact should be made with the next level of command? Strict confidentiality will be maintained regarding any such report and its subsequent investigation. Our anti-harassment policy applies not only to staff of The Army but to its clients, customers and vendors, etc. (see section on Anti-Harassment Policy in this Handbook.) #23. Immoral Conduct of any kind.
#24. Indulging in any behavior either on or off the job that has a negative impact on The Salvation Army's public image, religious goals, or programs. #26. Any actual or potential conflict of interest may preclude employment eligibility or result in termination if it occurs after hire. Any possible conflict of interest must be discussed immediately with Administration who will decide whether corrective action must be taken. When a conflict of interest is found to exist, an employee will be given the opportunity to remove the conflict before termination or reassignment is considered.
Please see attached letter from Salvation Army. Management has no intention to solve the problem. Management did not read my complaint. Management did not even know what the problems are. The problem is Asian assistant manager not the store or other staff. The problem is she violated rules and regulations not all staff do not know store policy and procedure. In fact all other staff knew after 50% off senior gets another 30% off on Tuesday. Christina ** also has problem herself to understand and solve this problem. Somebody should do something right to solve the problem.
November 24, 2015 9:12 PM. I am so surprised to read your letter dated Nov. 16, 2015 from management. I believed you never read my email dated Nov. 10, 2015. I complained about Asian assistant manager. Your response was about Alhambra store. I did not complain about any other people or any other things of the store. I brought up Asian assistant manager violated rules and regulations. Your response was making all staff understand stores policy and procedures. Looks like your staff do not have training before working in the store; especially Asian assistant manager, she is working there over ten years. You have no respect on customer. Asian assistant manager could violate rules and regulations and do not take any responsibility with your protection. I said that I did not agree, now you said again. No wonder she told me recently that give up fighting for justice against her.
Oct. 13, 2015. I was sexually harassed by an old guy in your store. Customer reported to Asian assistant manager. She did nothing. December 02, 2015. There is a new complaint against Asian assistant manager. When I bought furniture, she told me that staff cannot help client to move. She wanted to call her friend to help me move and I have to pay her friend. December 10, 2015. What is your policy when your employee Linda violated rules and regulations again and again??? December 17, 2015. Asian assistant manager was selling spring rolls in Salvation Army for her friends on Chinese New Year. Is it allowable? She also called her friend to move furniture for clients. If you did not use her friend, buy her stuff you got the treatment like me. Is it allowable? She always persuaded clients to buy certain items. If you did not buy, you are in trouble. Looking forward to hearing from you.
April 13, 2016 12:56 PM. Area manager told me to have a meeting with assistant manager, however later on there was no meeting and all my phone calls and email was totally ignored. April 12, 2016. I met area manager in Alhambra store while he was training the staff. Later on I asked him about my complaint. He said it was happened last year. Just because he ignored me over a year my complaint was over? July 06, 2016 1:05 PM. I went to Alhambra Store yesterday. July 5, 2016. I could not find other staff and I could not wait, I have to check out with LINDA. She said to me that she did not treat me bad and she wanted me to forget what she did.
I asked her that: Why she did not give me senior discount after the regular discount but other staff did and why she complained about me to other clients. She said other staff did not understand rules; she did not respond about why she complained about me to other clients. Why she did not sell me an item without price tag but sold to other clients. She said that items without price tag is final sale. However to me she just told me that she could not sell the item without price tag and kept the item. Why she told me that store staff could not move furniture for me and wanted me to call and pay the guy she referred me, but she asked store staff to move furniture for other clients. She could not respond. Why I did everything she asked such as closed store door, find staff for her many times, but she could not move her body a little bit and let me pass. I understand this is second hand store, I am second hand client, and management is second hand too.
I have found the Salvation Army stores here in Ma. are very high priced for their used items. I have picked up items seeking to purchase to have my mouth drop open in shock at the asking price. To then turn it over, and discover the actual store tag still adhered to item and its original price was lower!? The prices for these donated used items are outrageous and is consistent throughout all their stores in Ma. which tells me that the employees are being truthful when they say they do not make these prices and they are coming from higher up. This goes on to tell me that the upper management and owners are only trying to make enough profit to justify their big bonuses!? They have little regard for people and families financially struggling these days and it is reflective in their pricing.
Their stores are dusty and dirty and I understand, to an extent, that it would be hard to keep very clean with all the used and donated items, however, they do not consider this when pricing. It is like they have the best of both worlds charging high end prices, yet, not worrying about their consumers and providing them with clean friendly inviting stores. I will not shop at this store anymore or donate. It repulses me think about how the owners are making money from people's generosity and caring. Though, they will say they make no money and fund community-based programs I've yet to see a program that benefits from them!?
I will, also, state that they treat their employees with no honor or respect and pay only what the law requires them to. They work them long and hard and they are subjected to personal belongings searches and they do not even give them any discount on purchases they might make!? So, if the employees are irritable and unfriendly it is probably because they are being overworked and getting no recognition of all their hard work being done within this company. These workers are just trying to make ends meet and have a job in this struggling economy. I have nothing good to say about this company and I wish they would hear our concerns!
I bought a section couch for $150.00 from the Lancaster PA SA. The person who was going to pick it up for me was a no show and I had no one else to help me. The store extended my time for p/u but still I had no way to move it. When I went back to the store the manager told me no refunds and I had 2 extra days to move it. I am not able to rent a truck or hire a mover because I'm on disability and so is my son. So now I have no couch and the SA just stole 150.00 from me and my children for merchandise we never received. Is this practice even legal? The sofa is still in their store and they said they'll put it back out on the floor if I don't come pick it up.
Quite frankly, they can keep their couch. Just give me my money back. I think I'll call a lawyer. Nowhere on my receipt or paperwork does it state "no refunds/returns/exchanges". This is the only business I have EVER been to that has had the audacity to claim to seek out the needy and help them and they spit in their face with contempt. I will never donate or shop at the SA again. I will tell my family and friends and we will donate our time, money, goods, and services to operations that truly do give to the poor and needy... of which I am one. God bless those who truly care about their fellow man in need and rise to meet the challenge.
I frequented my salvation army for the past 15 years and it's downgraded over the years. They pretty much kept the "faithful" workers there all of this time and only hire people who's doing community service every now and then. It consists of women workers who have the worse attitudes ever! They don't speak unless you got out of your way to speak to them and they’re constantly stealing for themselves and friends and family members or giving them super low discounts. The prices are extremely high and when you try to negotiate with them even for a dollar less than the price given, they will fight you on it. This is donated stuff geesh!
I will never donate to Goodwill or Salvation Army again. They never help the community or individuals. They may as well be retail stores now which they basically are. They literally mock the poor and give them little to no help. I would suggest everyone to stop going into these greedy selfish stores and see how much they will change and fall shortly after. It's the community fault for keeping these places alive.
This is the 6th or 10th time in the last 2 years that I have heard this woman belittle her staff and customers. This woman is also racist and I have heard it more than once. I cannot believe she is still in this position. She is an embarrassment to Canada, when she does not have any patience with the refugees or new immigrants. This is the Forest Lawn store. Also the items for sale have been higher price than the same items purchased new at Sirens, Dollar Store, Jysk and more.
Why are we charging the people that need help and don't know that the prices on some items are more or the same as new items because they think going USED is cheaper!! We need to put a stop on this!! A used Towel for 6.99 when Army & Navy had the same for 5.99!!! A flat sheet 7.99 a fitted for 7.99 and pillow case for 4.99 SO THIS SET IS 21.00 including tax. You can find a good deal for 29.99 New!! These items should be sold at a reasonable amount. A blanket for 24.09!!! Let's get reasonable here!!
(0-star) The Salvation Army will never receive another donation in kind or monetary from me again. For the second time in 6 years, they've refused to accept donations from me because: 1) some 6 years ago, a the barely used 3 year old kitchen gas stove was dirty. The stove had been stored in the basement of another property I owned. The stove, used for a year, cost almost $900 and NO damage or issues. Dust from storage was its only fault. 2) Today, they refused to take a bedroom set of dresser & chest because it had minor discoloration on top... Well, it's has become quite obvious that this organization is ungrateful and "cherry picks" their donations. For this reason I will find a local organization to give my items to. The Salvation Army has gotten too big and fat off its free slave laborers and the generosity of the American public. We hardly give notice to how this "charity" is ran or operated.
However, the more you look behind the public veil, the more I realized that I would rather donate to a local organization with community ties and responsibilities. Sometimes we must accept the ugly truth and move on. Yes the Salvation Army help many people thru their organizations. That help comes with a price, the mandate any outside income of those they house, be donated to SA; workers receive pennies for their hourly wage; that, senior "officers" in the SA receive generous salaries and benefits; the bottom line is, should we ignore the major shortcomings and faults of the SA based on their charity work; I why does the SA only offer for sale the quality items in non-minority communities. It's well known that high end items and clothing never see lower and middle class communities.
Frankly, there are too many other organizations that can and should benefit from most of the items the SA feel is "not good enough." So, rather that offering these items to the SA, I will give them, as well as my money, to community based charities that demonstrate a greater & more direct benefit to my community and the people who live here. It may cause me some inconvenience, but I will feel better knowing that my gift went to a better place.
Most people that shop thrift stores have limited income anyway or get ssi or whatever so why is it The Salvation is charging so much for Irene that were donated to them to start with? I mean like a used comforter, 45 bucks? Wow!! A dirty coat, stains around sleeves, 22.00? Who is getting rich from the poor here people? The answer is the Slaton army and I can tell you that are not doing the midst good!! With these high prices, I will not donate to them. I donate to the haven of mercy because you can see and know they feed homeless people b shelter longer than 3 days!
Did you know The Salvation Army only lets people stay at their shelter for 3 days? And they don't give furniture to the needy!! Only if you're a burnout victim not if you're poor and your kids need a bed to sleep in because they have to sleep in the floor!! So who's getting rich selling their donated items to low income or middle class workers? Figure it out. They were the same when I was growing up. My mom complained about them years ago. We were poor and she went there to buy our clothes. They make it hard on the poor. I could go on but I'm done and I will shop at Goodwill or Haven of Mercy where I know my money will also help another person!! Thanks.
The prices are becoming OUTRAGEOUS!!! I rarely shopped there before because I thought the prices were getting ridiculous but I recently went in there to get a "used" winter coat and didn't see anything under $20. Some were in poor condition and smelled. They sell worn out looking items such as sneakers for $10 that have horrible odors. Worn out boots with scuff marks they want $30. Used fans full of dust and covered in scratches they wanted $30 when that is what they cost brand new in a department store. Used furniture is ridiculous and so expensive you're better off finding something on Kijiji! They even try to sell empty boxes on the shelves that used to have soaps or makeup in them for $5! They just don't care!
When the employees are confronted about their prices and where do they get off trying to dupe the public they say they don't make the prices - it comes from head office. Either way whoever is making these prices they are ridiculous! They will sell broken, beat up, scratched, scuffed, smelly, dirty things for crazy unaffordable prices! They are supposed to be non-profit but I think that is a big load of crap!!! They are not helping the community. All these things are donated from people. I say stop going there and stop donating to Salvation Army. They are awful! People are complaining and boycotting their store and going to other more affordable thrift stores.
Never again will the Salvation Army get a donation from me. They are the worst and most unprofessional people around. I should have remembered and looked up their history as I called them before and decided not to donate because of the attitude. These are donations. If you want new items go buy them or tell people you really don't want donations you want 1000 dollar item for free that you can sell or take home for your own use.
I explained to them these were antiques, not new off the showroom floor. No wonder they are hurting and have so many complaints. I spent hours getting items ready, cleaning them, making sure they worked, polishing to have some rude, holier than thou driver show up and tell me "Nope." One item was repainted, one which was 160 years old I took a front piece off to keep it from getting damaged, and a table from 1940 that was in good condition no stains zip and solid oak. They refused them. And they did not pick up the other items just left them.
This one staff member Dave I told him there are antiques, what did he expect. And what's with something repainted? I did call back and these are their rules. The store won't sell anything even slightly scratched or used. Dave explained it is the store who sets the rules. Fine so who trains your employees? Bottom line this driver will never come in my home again ever and yes the Chairman of the Board will get a letter. So my recommendation is find somewhere else to donate or take a picture. Send it in but don't expect your item to be accepted or to be treated with any appreciation.
This is crazy. Went to the Salvation Army in Clarkston, MI and could not believe what I was seeing. Checked 5 pair of tennis shoes. They were 25.00 to 30.00 each. What? Are you kidding? I have always supported Salvation Army. I will not in the future. 0 donations and 0 thrift store shopping! Same shoes a month ago were 7.50-10.00. Come on people. Management should be fired.
I had a horrible experience with their pick up service. I had a couch and loveseat that are only a year old and I spent over $1000 dollars on them. The couch has a little tear in the back about an inch long but the rest of it is in great condition. I live on the second floor so I believe the pick up guys did not want to carry it down the stairs so they said they could not take it. I put the couch and Iove seat on Craigslist and 2 days later I sold them for $500. For a company who is suppose to be helping people they sure do like turning down good money because they don't want to carry a couch down 1 flight of stairs. I will definitely stay away from them and Goodwill from now on.
I just had a horrible experience with the Salvation Army workers. I scheduled a pick up for a kitchen set and a dining room set. When the workers arrived, I explained that they could take both sets, however the workers only picked up the kitchen set and began to leave. I called the workers back and told them that they forget the dining room set and the one African American worker rudely replied, "I don't want that stuff". I told him that the set was new and he replied "It looks old to me", then he just walked off. I told the worker that he could have at least told me that he wasn't going to take the dining room set instead of just leaving without saying anything.
I explained to the rude gentleman that I was giving out of the kindness of my heart and that he should tone down his attitude and be more pleasant to people who are trying to do something good. The rude gentleman just replied, "Whatever, you just upset cause I don't want your stuff." I told the gentleman that I can take a 'no' but there is a more proper, respectful and tactful way to say 'no'. I told the gentleman that if he thought the set was garbage then would he just take the table and toss it the dumpster that was right next to his van and he told me, "You need to find someone to do that cause I don't do that".
Now I have experienced horrible treatment before but as someone who was trying to do a good deed, I was expecting better treatment. It reminds me of the old saying, "No good deed goes unpunished". I was so upset and hurt that I was in tears. If anyone wants to give, I implore them to give to an organization that is more appreciative and respectful unless abuse is a desired treatment when attempting to do a good deed.
Do not donate to Salvation Army. My 88 yr old mom scheduled pickup of her no longer necessary furniture to donate a MONTH in ADVANCE. The day of pickup they tell her to be at the house between 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM. No show. At 1:30 I call them and they said she's pickup #24 and they are currently at #12. Ok, figure a couple more hours. THREE HOURS later they tell her they can't make it and to reschedule! THEY HAVE to be KIDDING! I will never work with Salvation Army again!
Salvation Army used to have very reasonable prices. However I've noticed the last few times that the price increase on items are far above Goodwill pricing or any of their other competitors. Used dresses for $12.99? Why would anyone consider shopping Salvation Army at this point when you can shop dresses from $4.99-$7.99 at Goodwill? I've spoken with the cashiers at my local Salvation Army, they all agree that business is much slower now and the 30%-50% increase on USED clothing items is a complete mystery.
I was forced to do community service for the Salvation Army. One evening I was scheduled to work from 4-9, which I did, however my doctor has me on Elavil which makes you constantly thirsty and therefore you constantly have to urinate. So I was gone from my post one to two times an hour. The "Army's" narcs said no one was ever there. That was a lie. I was there but I had to pee a lot because I drank a lot of water due to my medicine. Anyway, I was work my next 4-9 shift, I had been working for 3 hours and had to pee. I held it in as long as I could because obviously I know how those liars are. As soon as I got back from the bathroom "colonel Sander's" or whatever his name is (he works at the greenwood Indiana Salvation Army branch) said that I was done and needed to find another place to do my community service.I was appalled I hadn't even taken one of my fifteen-minute breaks nor a lunch or a bathroom break for three hours, all of which are supposed to be permitted.
So he made me leave, however, he refused to sign off on my paperwork stating that I had worked three hours. When I followed him and tried to get to him to sign the paper he go into a Salvation Army van and another individual drove off with me trying to open the doors. They dragged me down the parking lot and left me laying in the middle of the road, to the astonishment of all onlookers. It's clear the Salvation Army doesn't care about anyone! In addition, they were angry with me when the bucket wasn't as full as they thought it should be. They don't care about charity. They care about money and that's when it became clear to me they were affiliated with church which has been confirmed by this website.
I'm an atheist and want nothing to do with religion and "colonel sander's" boldly lied to my face about the fact that they are associated with religion. In addition, when I signed up with "colonel Sander's" I asked if the Salvation Army was affiliated with any church. He said "no" but according to your website that was clearly a lie. I will never support the Salvation Army in any way, shape, or form again. I absolutely hate them. And you (plural) should too, never support unless you like supporting liars. They are nothing but liars, cheats, and scoundrels! I wanted to throw up when I discovered they were affiliated with a religion and this "colonel Sander's" boldly lied to my face!
An associate ran out of the store as I was loading my bags into the car yelling "You did not pay for those boots." I showed him the receipt and items in the two bags I had purchased and asked him to show me the discrepancy. He kept yelling about people coming into the store running across the street with stolen items. He also stated that I had stolen several items from the store previously. I asked for a manager since he was not listening to anything I was saying.
Another gentleman came out, took my personal shoes back to the person working in shoes and asked if they belonged to the store. She said they did not. I asked them to look back at video footage to prove I came in the store with the shoes on. The second gentleman said it was not necessary and apologized for the misunderstanding.
I think it was inappropriate for the first guy to come behind me yelling in front of customers that I had not paid for an item. I also think it was wrong for him to yell at me about what other people had done and accuse me of stealing in the past. I have never stolen anything and gave donated numerous times over the years. If there is something I cannot afford I ask the sales associate to return the item. I am very upset and am thinking of contacting a lawyer regarding the way I was treated.
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