AN ALBURY business owner has been disappointed by the theft of a charity tin from his store, and says he will dip into his own pocket to make up for the loss.
The tin, which was raising money for headspace, was being used at confectionery store Modern Boba in central Albury for about a month.
It was taken from the City Walk business some time on Wednesday or Thursday.
Owner Bradley Hawkins said the tin had about $60 inside, which he would replace and donate to the youth organisation to cover the missing cash.
“Absolutely it’s disappointing, that someone would knock off something that supports youth,” he said.
“It was during a pretty busy period.
“There was a massive line up, up someone’s grabbed it while the line up was there.”
The business has security cameras and Mr Hawkins said he was working to access the footage.
“We just hope that whoever took it needed it more than the people at headspace,” he said.
“I just hope you needed it more than the youth of Albury-Wodonga needed it.”
Mr Hawkins said the business, which sells items including American lollies, ice cream and milkshakes, was popular with young people.
He said having the tin was a way of giving back.
“We employ and service a lot of youth around the area,” he said.
“We wanted to support the community.
“It’s disheartening, that’s how I feel.
“A lot of our customers are very upset.
“We think there was about $60-odd in there, which I will be paying to headspace anyway.
“It’s an important cause to us.”
headspace was founded in 2006 and helps to connect young people to mental health services.
A headspace operates out of High Street in Wodonga and there are plans to open a satellite program in Wangaratta early this year.