Hon­esty boxes get­ting hit by the dis­hon­est


An hon­esty box owner in North Can­ter­bury may be about to give it up af­ter be­ing hit by two thefts in three days.

Jane Hayes, of CJs Plant Barn in Am­ber­ley, said she was just mind­blown at the branzen­ness of the thefts, the first of which hap­pened in broad day­light on Sun­day. Fei­joas and about $300 in cash was stolen.

Hayes said the busi­ness put a fei­joa stand on the high­way for peo­ple’s con­ve­nience about five years ago.

‘‘I guess it’s one of the things about be­ing on the high­way,’’ she said. ‘‘But it does kind of put you off do­ing it.’’

The sec­ond theft hap­pened on Tues­day evening, the thieves us­ing bolt cut­ters to get into the money box.

Hayes said while it was ex­tremely frus­trat­ing, she was still re­luc­tant to take away the box as the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple were hon­est.

‘‘At one ex­treme we have had so many hon­est lo­cals putting in IOU’s and ev­ery­one one of them has been hon­oured. Then you get the other ex­treme.’’

Last year the busi­ness was forced to erect sig­nage and a cam­era af­ter a bad run of fruit thefts. But while last year was bad for the num­ber of peo­ple pinch­ing the fruit, this week was the first time some­one had bro­ken into the money box.

Hayes said while peo­ple might think CJs was a large busi­ness with plenty of money, it all af­fected the bot­tom line, and the $300 stolen would have paid a staff mem­ber’s wages. She and the busi­ness own­ers would now be think­ing about whether or not to re­move the fei­joa stand.

‘‘We like the old-fash­ioned thing about pulling up on the side of the road and buy­ing fruit,’’ she said.

‘‘If we were to stop it would be a shame for the rest of the peo­ple who are hon­est.’’

‘‘We like the old­fash­ioned thing about pulling up on the side of the road and buy­ing fruit.’’


Jan Hayes, of CJs Plant Barn is gob­s­macked that her hon­esty box was robbed twice in three days.

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