West Sussex Trading Standards is reminding retailers to display official charity collection tins on shop counters. It comes after a Christmas pop-up shop was warned for putting four unofficial charity boxes on show to consumers.
Trading Standards visited the pop-up shop in Chichester, on December 22 after officers were contacted by the Licensing Team at Chichester District Council. The tins were found on display with ‘Chichester Children’s Hospital’ marked on it – an organisation which doesn’t exist.
Trading Standards seized all four tins and gave the £111.80 collection to St Richard’s.
The shop owner was warned to use official collection tins in future, verbally and in writing.
West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, David Barling, said: “We do all we can to protect consumers and in this case there was a risk of the public being defrauded. “Retailers display collection tins for such a wide variety of good causes.“But please remember they have to be tins with official labelling.”
Chichester District Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Carol Purnell, said:
“We recognise the importance of genuine fundraising and work hard with our partners to protect the public from those who sometimes try to abuse this privilege.”