Osborne Park: Crowd spotted dumpster diving for shoes at Betts


Forget dumpster diving for food — the lure of free shoes had these thrifty sandgropers raiding a skip bin outside the head office of a popular shoe retailer.

A crowd of people were spotted outside Betts’ headquarters in Osborne Park on Saturday afternoon after word spread of two big bins full of shoes.

“I’m sure it’s already been shared on the Perth feral community pages … but hurry on down to (Betts’) head office in Osborne Park and help raid the two giant skip bins full of shoes,” a social media user posted on Facebook.

“Or if that’s too much work check out any of the markets or some IGAs around Perth tomorrow.”

Betts Group chief executive Todd Wilner was on his way to the office with another senior executive to clean up the mess on Sunday when he told The West Australian the shoes were samples, some of them with holes drilled into them, and none were in pairs.

Mr Wilner said the company was very conscious about waste and had reached out to charities in the past but were told the shoes were not wanted unless they were in pairs.

Camera IconForget dumpster diving for food — the lure of free shoes had these thrifty sandgropers raiding a skip bin outside the head office of a popular shoe retailer. Credit: Unknown/Supplied

He said if there was a charity who would be interested in utilizing the samples he wanted to hear from them.

“If there is an organization out there who is prepared to work with us and take single shoes, we are absolutely happy to work with them to reduce our waste,” he said.

Dumpster diving — when people rummage through bins to find edible food, usually discarded at shopping centers — has made headlines recently after a City of Fremantle councilor was caught in the act last month.

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