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Poppy Box Thief

TORONTO - Bob Hackett calls the man who stole a Canadian Legion poppy box belonging to his legion branch “scum.”

The president of Branch 3 didn’t mince words Wednesday about what he’d say to the Poppy Bandit who stole the box from the Pizza Nova shop around 11:45 p.m. Monday at The Queensway at Royal York Rd.

“When you steal from the Poppy Fund, as far as I’m concerned, you’re the lowest scum there is,” Hackett, president of the Eighth St. branch.

The bandit was caught by a surveillance camera as he grabbed the box belonging to the branch sitting on the front counter of the pizza shop.

He fled with an unknown amount of money, but it couldn’t have been much,Toronto Police said.

A trail of red poppies as they fluttered out of the box and then littered The Queensway as the bandit fled, Hackett said.

He said the box has since been replaced at the pizza shop.

“It’s bad,” said the former Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry First Battalion paratrooper who served between 1954 and 1958 with the occupation troops in Europe. “It’s a pretty bad state of mind that you’re in when you have to steal the Poppy Fund.”

Hackett said he’d like to see pictures the thief’s face “stapled all over the place” in a bid to capture him.

“It’s quite low,” Det. Barbara Kohl of 22 Division agreed Wednesday.

Kohl said it appears the man spotted a moment of opportunity when he thought no one was looking to take the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund box. But the unblinking surveillance camera captured the bandit grabbing the box.

Hackett said the Poppy Campaign raises funds for veterans and their families and helps cover living expenses at a number of places, including Sunnybrook’s K Wing and the Tony Stacey Centre nursing home.

“People who steal poppy boxes of this kind don’t only steal from the veterans, they’re stealing from the public also,” Hackett said. “I think it’s pretty bad when you stoop that low.”

He said while it doesn’t happen often, poppy boxes are stolen. Indeed, other boxes belonging to Branch 3 have been stolen in the past.

“It’s disappointing,” Hackett said.

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Old 11-03-2011, 02:04 PM
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Why is there a poppy fund? The govt should pay for it

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Old 11-03-2011, 02:46 PM
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Pardon me for being ignorant, but wtf is a Poppy Fund?

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Old 11-03-2011, 03:16 PM
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Its a charity for war vets. Originally started for world war 1 survivors because of the poppy fields all around The Somme.
It then continued with world war 2 and still raises a lot of money for the vets returning from the current conflicts.

In 2010 it raised around 35 million pounds (Or 55 million dollars for our Murkan Friends)...so it is pretty successful.

Also the government does pay a lot for vets, but the Poppy Fund is the main charity available for the public. Around this time of year you will see a lot of people on British Television wearing little red poppys to show their support.

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Old 11-03-2011, 03:43 PM
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they steal anything these days.

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Its a charity for war vets. Originally started for world war 1 survivors because of the poppy fields all around The Somme.
It then continued with world war 2 and still raises a lot of money for the vets returning from the current conflicts.

In 2010 it raised around 35 million pounds (Or 55 million dollars for our Murkan Friends)...so it is pretty successful.

Also the government does pay a lot for vets, but the Poppy Fund is the main charity available for the public. Around this time of year you will see a lot of people on British Television wearing little red poppys to show their support.
I always get one as a mark of respect

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I think it is similar to Veteran's Day here in America. I read on FB that there are foreigners that are protesting the sale of poppies in Scotland. All I can say to them is: "Iffin' ya nowt be likin' it, get the fook ooooot!!!!!"

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I think it is similar to Veteran's Day here in America. I read on FB that there are foreigners that are protesting the sale of poppies in Scotland. All I can say to them is: "Iffin' ya nowt be likin' it, get the fook ooooot!!!!!"
They tried to stop staff wearing them in poundland, kinda like your dollar store:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ook-storm.html

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Ya, they (immigrants) keep trying to change things when they move here ie. morning prayer and national anthem singing at public schools. And then they want to wear all of their celebetory shite when they get jobs here ie policemen wearing friggin turbans and daggers. I can understand why you guys might think that this isnt really a big deal but well, shit like this is happening more often and Im just really really really pissed off

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They tried to stop staff wearing them in poundland, kinda like your dollar store:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ook-storm.html
Poundland should be selling them!!!!

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