FREMANTLE uni student Nina couldn’t decide whether to laugh or cry when her skateboard was sold from under her nose at a Salvation Army op shop in South Fremantle recently.
Nina, who didn’t want to give her last name, put the board down for some hands free op-shopping, but 20 minutes later found it had disappeared from its spot near the door.
Turns out the volunteer on duty thought it had been donated and sold the $200 board to an eager customer for just $13.
“I saw the funny side of it straight away and I don’t blame the store at all,” Nina said.
But she does have some lingering resentment to the new owner, who refused to give it back when the Salvos got in contact.
The Santa Cruz skateboard was a discontinued design, and Nina’s best friend had painted a unique fox design on it.
“I don’t think Salvo’s realises how important this board is to me…I’m really trying to get it back,” she said. She heard the woman bought the board as a gift for her son, and Nina hopes she might turn it in when she finds out how much it matters to her.
by TRILOKESH CHANMUGAM