Asda u-turn over collection boxes

Asda has bowed to public pressure and will be reinstating collection boxes in its stores.

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The supermarket giant removed all unmanned charity collection boxes from its branches last week, prompting a wave of criticism from shoppers, with some threatening to boycott Asda.

The chain originally said it would have collection boxes in place only if volunteers were on hand to explain to customers where their donations were going.

But the charities, which included food banks and animal sanctuaries, said they do not have the resources to constantly man the boxes.

Angry shoppers launched an online petition, calling on Asda to reverse its decision.

Last night (February 25), the supermarket performed a u-turn.

An Asda spokesperson said: “As a retailer who is committed to supporting our local communities we never intended to stop food banks or similar local charities collecting in our stores.

“We made some changes to our community programme around unmanned collections in the belief that this would benefit the many local good causes who collect in our stores.

“On this occasion our customers and colleagues have told us they understand our intentions, but prefer us to continue to give charities more options to maximise donations. We are therefore reinstating unmanned collection points.

“Asda plays an important role in the communities we serve and we look forward to continuing to support many more local charities and good causes.”

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