“They don’t know what they’re doing.
They’re not even trained in the art of home improvement.
It’s not even part of their training,” she said.
“They’re not experts.
They’ve never seen anything like this before.
It makes you wonder what’s going on.
It doesn’t make sense.
It seems like they’re using people’s lives as a means of making money.
I think they are taking advantage of people’s desperation.”
Monks leader, Bishop Robert Tait, said the monks have received thousands of calls from concerned citizens and asked them to contact their bishop.
“We are in a state of mourning, and we’re asking all the concerned citizens to please contact the Bishop,” he said.
The Bishop will meet with the monks next week.
In a statement issued after the incident, a spokesman for the Salvation Army said the agency was aware of reports of an alleged scam involving monks and that it had a team of experienced counsellors on hand to support them in any further enquiries.
“We have been contacted by several people concerned about this matter and have been in contact with the Monk Sisters of St Joseph of Calcutta,” the statement read.
“The Salvation Army is in touch with the sisters to offer assistance and support.”