Franklin County News : October 13th 2015
NEWS Franklin County Tuesday, October 13, 2015 Jo Adams with her son Jay, who had his toys stolen from after setting up an honesty box. GREASE IS THEWORD 5 THE ITALIAN JOB 23 PHOTO JOHN BOYNTON/FAIRFAX Boy’s toys stolen from gate JOHN BOYNTON One mother’s attempt to teach her son a lesson about saving money, ended up being a lesson about community spirit. Jo Adams’ son Jay, wanted to buy a new video game so instead of buying it for him, she said he had to save up. ‘‘He managed to save a quite a lot of money but he was a bit short.’’ To raise the remainder of the money, Jay decided to sell his toys for $2 a bag and set up shop at the front of his driveway on Gearon Rd ‘‘Stealing is inexcusable, and stealing from children. I just don’t think you get any lower than stealing from children.’’ Jo Adams in Mauku last Sunday. Any money left over would be donated to either the SPCA, Women’s Refuge or Salvation Army. Jay put more than 150 toys out with plastic bags people could fill with toys like matchbox cars, batman figurines and books. They went home to have lunch for an hour, before returning to check the honesty box. ‘‘My son just said, mum mum someone’s bought the whole lot, and when I looked I was just like oh no – I knew what had happened.’’ Adams said. All the toys were taken and no money was placed in the honesty box. ‘‘Stealing is inexcusable, and stealing from children. I just don’t think you get any lower than stealing from children.’’ Adams said she often comes across honesty boxes in the area. ‘‘I’ve bought tomatoes from people and jams up the road and you just put money in the honesty box, it’s just a kiwi way of life isn’t it.’’ She posted about the inci- dent on a Franklin facebook community page, and said she was blown away by the response. ‘‘For one bad egg there were 150 people commenting and supporting us and I think that just goes to show that the bad ones are a minority.’’ There were messages pledging money, people offered toys to re-sell and jobs for her son to earn money. Jay said he appreciated the support and wanted to, ‘‘give a big hug to every person that helped us on Facebook.’’ ‘‘He knows there are people out there he doesn’t even know who care about him, and they don’t want to see a child hurt like that.’’ The money collected will be donated to the three charities and Jay will also get his video game.
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