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Tzu Chi said to steal from poor

NOT CHARITABLE:A Buddhist foundation uses ‘armies of volunteers’ nationwide to collect the recyclables that poor scavengers depend on, an entrepreneur said

By Lin Mei-fen, Yang Yi-chung, and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporters, with staff writer

A private recycling operator surnamed Wang agreed that Tzu Chi is a “threat” to people and businesses dependent on recyclables for their income.

“Tzu Chi has lots of volunteers doing work for free, so its labor costs and overheads are lower than ours. They enjoy a high profit compared with other groups in similar businesses,” he said.

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