Furniture damaged by Hurricane Matthew sold online – ActionNewsJax.com

by: Katie McKee, Action News Jax
Updated: Oct 13, 2016 – 9:27 PM

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Homeowners living on Anastasia Island have been clearing water-damaged furniture and debris out of their homes after severe flooding from Hurricane Matthew.

Driving throughout Davis Shores Thursday our crew saw piles of couches, mattresses, carpets and other furniture in front of nearly every home.

“It looks like a forever long garage sale,” Ashlee Salle said about the neighborhood.

Salle said what’s being thrown away is also being picked up by others.

This is something that the St. Johns County Sheriffs Office addressed on their Facebook page. They said that it’s perfectly legal for people to go through other peoples trash.

 Salle tells us what is bothering her and others is that those items are ending up on sites like Craigslist and Swip Swap for sale.

“The stuff that’s free for the taking was sitting and sewage,” said Salle.

She said she worries it will end up in someone else’s home, someone who isn’t aware that its damaged.

Another neighbor we spoke with who was clearing furniture from his home said he doesn’t care if anyone helps themselves to what he has thrown out.

“If they can find some value and something that no longer has value to me whether it’s metal or an old chair something good luck,” said Stanley Paris.

We reached out to the Better Business Bureau. A spokesperson said they haven’t received any complaints about this issue but said it is something to be mindful of.

Salle and other neighbors in the area say they are taking some steps to try to prevent these damaged goods from being sold to someone else.

“If you were cleaning up your house spray paint the pieces of furniture break down what you can it’s going to be the only thing that’s going to deter people from being able to pick these items up and sell them,” Salle said.

Our crew spotted spray painted words on the damaged furniture or big Xs to mark that it shouldn’t be used.

Salle also said she has been reporting posts online if she recognizes furniture that was set out in certain areas where she has been helping with clean up.

She said those posts have been removed.

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