Charity collection boxes placed without permission
WATSON - A pair of donation boxes that showed up outside a car wash on Highway 16 is causing some problems for the property owner, who never gave permission for the collection boxes.
Dana Rushing, the owner of Eagle Auto Spa, had a problem with the same boxes just last month, when they showed up on another property he owns.
"One of these collection boxes showed up in our parking lot in our shopping center just across the street, and it took two phones calls and about two weeks for them to finally come move it, about a week later another one showed up at the other end of the same parking lot," said Rushing, who never gave the go-ahead to place any collection boxes on his property.
After those boxes were removed another pair showed up at Rushing's car wash, leaving him puzzled and annnoyed.
The boxes collect donations for Joseph's Storehouse, a thrift store run in connection with Miracle Place Church and their drug rehab center. The rehab center can hold more than 80 men and women with substance abuse problems, at no cost to taxpayers or the clients, and aims to help them get their lives back on track. The money made at the thrift store pays for the service.
Ricky Sinclair, the bishop of Miracle Place Church, admits that sometimes the boxes can end up on sites without permission.
"Sometimes it's hard to get in touch with the business owners and on occasion we have put boxes out without talking to the business owner," said Sinclair.
"Certainly it seems like the more they put out there, the more that are out there, the less people are going to be bothered by it, but I'm bothered by it," said Rushing.
Now Sinclair plans to remove the boxes bugging Rushing and extended an offer to any business person irked by the boxes that he would remove those too.
"All we do is serve people everyday, and I would just like to say this, to any business owner, if you ever have a problem with Joseph's Storehouse boxes, if you call us, we'll immediately come get that box," said Sinclair.