Does helping hand backfire?

Feels good, doesn’t it, dropping off clothing, books and household items at the Salvation Army’s A Street thrift store in Hayward?

And if you stop by after hours, the items can be left at the back door, making donations truly anonymous. After all, who needs thanks if the items are distributed to the needy or sold so money can go into the Salvation Army’s beneficial programs?

Think again.

Mosey on by the store’s rear entrance anytime after 7 p.m., and scavengers are at work. Items meant to benefit the Salvation Army and its clients are being picked over and sorted by adults and children who toss the good stuff into the trunks of their cars and toss the rest, well, around.

Have you had any experiences with this?