The DAV store in Sioux City is paying hundreds of dollars a month to haul away trash that's dumped in the back of the store.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Giving is often a big part of the holiday season.
For the folks at the Disabled American Veterans thrift store, it's getting a little bit harder to spread holiday cheer. All of the money made at the DAV store goes to disabled veterans, and one of its services is giving veterans rides to V.A. clinics in Omaha, Neb., and Sioux Falls, S.D.
But it's the products they can't sell which are bringing the thrift store problems. People are dumping everything from couches to broken big screen TVs behind their store. It's costing the store hundreds of dollars a month to haul away.
"The guy that we pay to empty our dumpster will only take so many items. So, the pile accumulates rapidly and then it gets to the point where it takes up our parking spaces and we have to take it to the dump," said SRA Steven Dougherty, a long-time volunteer and former member of the U.S. Air Force.
Store employees take the garbage to the dump every couple of weeks, but it keeps building up. The store has set up security cameras to monitor the back area, and hopes that will slow down the dumping.
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