Tablets found in pill boxes for sale at Market Rasen shop

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A charity shop has been slammed for selling pill boxes still containing tablets – and they were on a shelf a young child could have reached.

Christine Brumpton could not believe her eyes when she picked up a pill box at The Salvation Army shop in Market Rasen to find it still had a tablet inside.

Furious, Christine handed it to a member of staff and went to look at another pill box - only to discover this one had a lot more pills inside.

And now to add to Christine’s anger, the store has blamed the error on being “short-staffed” and “really busy”.

Christine said: “I was shocked - things like this shouldn’t happen in any circumstances. I couldn’t believe it.

“I was having a look on the shelf and there’s a little basket on the side with the pills boxes – your children could reach it easily.

“The first box I picked up had medication in.

“I thought ‘oh my goodness’. I gave it to a women who worked in the shop and went back to have another look.

“The next box I picked up had a lot more tablets in.

“I was disgusted. If it was a little kid they could have thought they were sweets and swallowed them.

“It could have been a lot worse. It’s bang out of order.

“I need to make people aware of this. These have been put on the shelf without being checked.”

Christine, 46, from Normanby le Wold said the second box contained a variety of pills and believed one of them to be a type of tablet to lower cholesterol.

She said: “Having worked with elderly people, I recognised this one.

“It was a white tablet in the first box - I think this could have been paracetamol.”

Market Rasen Salvation Army shop manager Sarah Steer said: “Someone donated a lot of boxes and they have gone out on the shelf. They had only just been put out.

“Two of the boxes had a few tablets left in but they’ve now been taken out.

“We usually check everything. We’ve been short-staffed and really busy.

“I don’t think it’s likely a child would have picked them up.”

A spokesman from The Salvation Army head office said: “We can confirm that a small quantity of prescriptive medication was found in a pill box donated to our charity shop, they were quickly removed and stored safely.

“We make every effort to ensure our systems are effective, we will ensure that we increase our vigilance in this process.”

The Salvation Army is a worldwide Christian church and registered charity.

It helps those who are homeless, friendless and in need and has a long history of working with people who are vulnerable and marginalised across the world.

Its charity shops sell mainly second hand goods donated by the public.