Australian woman dies in donation bin tragedy

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An Australian woman has died after getting trapped in a clothing donation bin.

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The U.K. Daily Mirror reported on the death of Alarrah Lawrence, a young mother who got trapped in the bin at a shopping mall and died early Tuesday.

It is believed she died from asphyxiation.

CCTV footage showed Lawrence driving into Stockland Baldivis shopping centre in the Perth southern suburb of Rockingham. She is seen standing on a plastic bucket so she could reach into the bin and start going through the clothing inside.

The upper half of her body became stuck in the bin. She died in the early morning hours and was discovered by a passerby Tuesday morning.

This is not the first such case in Australia, as news.com.au reports. A woman in her 40s died a few months ago on the Gold Coast in another death by misadventure involving a charity bin.

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These cases mirror a similar tragedy in Toronto two years ago, when a woman — known only as Crystal — died in the same way after being stuck in a charity donation bin.

The bins have a push-door to accept clothing donations, but the door is designed to prevent theft and keep animals out.  Anyone inserting herself or himself into the bin to reach the clothing would discover that backing out again is almost impossible.

Crystal’s death was the eighth such tragedy in Canada between 2015 and 2019. After her death, the bins were recognized as a problem across the country and were removed in many cities to have the donation window modified and made safe.

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