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PTA member using funds to buy presents for own children

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PantonePolly Fri 22-Nov-13 20:04:52

A prominent member of our school PTA has mentioned in passing that she had been shopping for prizes for the Christmas Fair and had kept a couple of the items - for her daughters.  She was quite pleased about it and laughingly said, "Well, there have to be some perks".

AIBU to be shocked by this?  The money she's used is from PTA funds, largely donated by parents.  Surely this is morally wrong (and actually fraudulent, albeit on a very minor scale)?

Shakirasma Fri 22-Nov-13 20:05:59

Its theft!

MunchMunch Fri 22-Nov-13 20:06:50

I would not be happy, yeah perks are lovely but only if it's been agreed and authorised.

BruthasTortoise Fri 22-Nov-13 20:06:51

It's fraud and / or theft. Report her to the HT and request an audit of the accounts. Scandalous.

YouTheCat Fri 22-Nov-13 20:07:01

Report her to the head.

We had a PTA treasurer do a runner with the takings of the Christmas fair one year.

CrapBag Fri 22-Nov-13 20:07:12


I am on the PTA, although not in charge of money and this is truly shocking. I cannot imagine our treasurer doing this.

I would have to tell the chairperson.

squeaver Fri 22-Nov-13 20:07:53

Outrageous! Yes that is theft.

Tiredemma Fri 22-Nov-13 20:08:22

What an idiot.

Bigfingers Fri 22-Nov-13 20:08:26

Unbelievable! Are you sure she's not joking???

PantonePolly Fri 22-Nov-13 20:08:44

Ironically, it IS the Chair!

Bumbolina Fri 22-Nov-13 20:09:21

Could it be a buy one get one free situation? (To be honest it's still theft I'm just clutching at straws as to why anyone would do this?!)

BruthasTortoise Fri 22-Nov-13 20:09:41

Is she maybe getting 3 for 2 deals and keeping the "third" item ( thereby justifying it to herself!). It's still theft.

puntasticusername Fri 22-Nov-13 20:09:49


And it's the Chair?

And she's bragging about it?

Fuck me...

Sunnymeg Fri 22-Nov-13 20:10:25

Yes definitely report her to the head and chair of the PTA. At the very least her reasons for being on the PTA are dubious.

NorthernLurker Fri 22-Nov-13 20:10:57

Is it possible she's been buying things on BOGOF or similar - and has kept the extra ones. SHe's still very wrong but perhaps that's why she thinks it's ok - because to her she's spent £5 on gift for fair - and happened to get a bonus one. Whereas I would say she's spent £2.50 apiece on TWO gifts iyswim?

NorthernLurker Fri 22-Nov-13 20:11:34

x posted with everybody re BOGO. THat must be it surely?

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Fri 22-Nov-13 20:12:32


Thatisall Fri 22-Nov-13 20:12:41

Theft!! Report them. I think it's disgusting

puntasticusername Fri 22-Nov-13 20:13:44

And it doesn't matter a bit if it's BOGOF or 3 for 2 (though I can sort of understand why someone might think it would). It's not in the spirit of it, and it's not even as if shops actually do that in order to generously give you free stuff, they price accordingly, you still pay for all of it...

ZombieMonkeyButler Fri 22-Nov-13 20:13:58

Yes, clear theft. I was on the PTA for 8 years. There are no perks, certainly not financial ones!

meditrina Fri 22-Nov-13 20:16:08

I hope she's joking.

Misappropriation of charitable funds (our PTA is a charity) is an offence. And seriously shabby towards every singl parent and child who has contributed to fund-raising.

Even if she was 'joking' it's such a bad attitude that I'd be making a fuss.

MrsPnut Fri 22-Nov-13 20:16:09

Is the PTA a registered charity? If so then please report it to the charity commission. I am a PTA treasurer but I am also an accountant who has previously worked for several charities and I would be furious if one of my fellow volunteers thought this was OK. Taking the last third of a bottle of wine home after an event is the biggest perk I get.

PantonePolly Fri 22-Nov-13 20:16:39

Yes, you could well be right. It could have indeed been BOGOF or some other special offer. But she didn't say that. I would like to give her the benefit of the doubt... Though I now don't think she can be trusted.

magichamster Fri 22-Nov-13 20:17:11

Surely she will have to produce receipts for the accounts (our PTA accounts are always independently audited and every penny has to be accounted for). BOGOF deals will still show on the receipt. It is fraud and you should tell the chair or head teacher about it.

ClutchingPearls Fri 22-Nov-13 20:17:48

Our chair engineers it so her DCs always 'win' the best prizes. Which I thought was taking the piss, but at least its clear to everyone what's going on. Yours takes it to a whole new level.

I would inform the head and get the police involved at the school, so nothing can be explained away.

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