NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – Filmed in broad daylight: two men slowly take out a fridge that does not belong to them.
He belonged to the community of Midwood, Brooklyn.
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âGood for people. I feel very sad, âsaid Waqil Ahmed, founder of the Pakistan American Youth Organization, or PAYO.
Ahmed, the man who installed the community refrigerator, says it came out on Friday, September 17.
âThere is no refrigerator,â he says.
Ahmed checked his surveillance and watched in disbelief.
âThe guy took it like it was garbage,â he said. âAs if they had paid for it. They didn’t pay him. It’s organization, money, people’s money.
Since April, he has helped supplement food for the hungry between PAYO’s pantry distributions.
âThis refrigerator fed more than 100 people every day,â Ahmed said.
Now a power cord is waiting for a replacement.
Community members have shared mixed reactions to the theft.
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âShame on them. They’re crazy, greedy, greedy or something,â one person said.
âThere are a lot of people who need things because of COVID,â said Rob Redding of Midwood.
“Are you more compassionate?” Said Murdock.
âAbsolutely, it’s a refrigerator,â Redding said.
âI have no words. I feel so sad about it,â Mossan Ali said.
âThey should be ashamed of themselves. That’s all I’m going to say, âAhmed said.
The refrigerator would be stocked twice a day with essentials. Things like milk, yogurt and onions, loved by people in this community.
âWe have Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Turks and Africans – we all love onions,â Ahmed said.
Ahmed hopes the world will help provide food for his neighborhood. He set up a GoFundMe – so far, more than $ 800 raised – to replace the community refrigerator so carelessly stolen in broad daylight. Click here to find out more.
The NYPD says there have been no arrests.
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Anyone with information is urged to call the New York Police Crime Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.