A prank ad on Craigslist claiming — falsely — that local nonprofits are offering free trash drop-off service caused concern Thursday.
The ad suggested all local nonprofits are participating, and named three in particular: the United Community Action Network, the Salvation Army, and Douglas County Cancer Services.
UCAN Director Mike Fieldman said he was told about the posting Thursday morning. He said it’s absolutely untrue that any of the agencies listed are taking in the trash.
“What a lump of coal to have in the stockings of the nonprofits,” Fieldman said.
Fieldman said the organization had not received any trash, and will probably set up a sign at its entrance indicating it doesn’t want garbage.
The ad had been up for about four hours when UCAN requested it be removed. As of 10:45 a.m., the ad remained on the site, but with a notice it had been flagged for removal.
“Free trash drop off through end of December at any local non profit like Salvation Army, ucan or D.C. Cancer services,” the ad reads. “Just drop off anywhere in parking lot anytime. Our way of saying Merry Christmas. Couches, washers, dryers, wood, broken tvs. All trash welcome.”
Douglas County Cancer Services is located in the Community Cancer Center building in Roseburg. Tammy Hagedorn, executive director of the Community Cancer Center, said DCCS received a phone call this morning from a person asking if it was really accepting garbage.
“We just provide cancer services. We don’t provide garbage services,” Hagedorn said.
“What are people thinking? You just don’t know what they’re thinking when people do stuff like that. Hopefully nobody will take them seriously,” she said.
Captain Brent Church of the Salvation Army in Roseburg could not immediately be reached for comment.