Salvation Army cautions people about shelter fee swindle
Man in North End Halifax was going door to door trying to collect money for supposed shelter fee
The Salvation Army is reminding people that it does not charge people to spend a night at its shelters.
In Halifax, a man went door to door in North End Halifax late Tuesday evening saying he needed $20 to stay at the Salvation Army's Gottingen Street shelter.
"If someone is on the street or going door to door or soliciting for money... chances are that if they are giving this person or people money that it's likely not being used at our shelter because it's not needed to stay there," said spokesperson Rhonda Harrington.
She says the Salvation Army would not turn anyone away unless they were under the influence of alcohol. Even then, it would just send the person to a different shelter that would accept them.
Harrington says the Salvation Army has been receiving calls as to whether there's a fee for people to stay at its shelters.