The City of Langley is concerned that donation bins, such as these ones at Langley Mall, along with thrift stores, are leading to a mess in the downtown area. Writer Julia Milstead says the introduction of a bylaw to limit the second hand stores is directed at the wrong group.

Letter: City of Langley thrift store bylaw would punish victims

Editor: Re: “City looks to get a handle on thrift stores” (Langley Times, July 20).

The proposed regulations would punish the main victims of nighttime dumping of donations.

Thrift stores constantly have to pay to clean up the mess and have it taken to the dump. Now the City of Langley wants to punish the victims even more.

Why not punish the people who dump at night?

Put up security cameras that will get licence plate numbers and faces of the people doing the dumping.

By the time they are caught, tried, and sentenced, it would be too late to have them clean up their own mess.

Instead, give them hefty fines and make them clean up a more recent thrift store mess and pay to have the garbage taken to the dump.

Julia Milstead,

Aldergrove

Editor’s note: Approved the new rules governing thrift stores at its July 25 meeting.

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