Planet charity: An unwelcome discovery at a charity cake sale

Plus: nice Swedish store or terrorist organisation?, and fake charity donation bins

Planet Charity: stories strange but true
Planet Charity: stories strange but true

Nothing ruins a charity bake sale quite as much as finding a sex toy in one of the chocolate cakes. But that was what happened at an event held in Scotland to raise funds for an orphanage in Romania. All the cakes from the sale, organised by pen pushers at Glasgow City Council, had to be binned. The council, which is reviewing CCTV footage from the room where the sale was taking place, described the discovery as "disappointing".

To Sweden, where the Ica Maxi store in Hassleholm caused a bit of a storm when it launched a social media campaign to publicise its decision to donate 1 per cent of its revenue on one day to support the local women's charity Frida Kvinnojour. The campaign was promoted on the store's Facebook page with pictures of staff raising their index fingers in the air to symbolise 1 per cent. Unfortunately, the pose was the same as one that has been incorrectly associated with Islamic State militants, leading some people to take to social media to question the wisdom of the promotion. "Frightening that an Ica store supports IS terrorists," said one Facebook user. The store responded by saying: "Our finger symbolises 1 per cent. We absolutely don't have anything to do with IS at all. Have a nice weekend."

A second-hand store in the eastern US has been landed with a £460,000 fine after it used fake charity donation bins to collect free stock. The New York Attorney General concluded that Thrift Land USA planted more than 1,300 bins in New York and Connecticut, all bearing the logos of two non-profits, to "dupe" people into thinking they were making charitable donations. Naughty.

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