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Australia Brisbane residents hit with dumping fines after trying to donate to charity

16:13  21 september  2020
16:13  21 september  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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Brisbane father Bradley Haynes was hit with a similar fine after leaving a near-new filing cabinet outside a Vinnies store soon after it had closed. According to Brisbane City Council, anything left on the footpath or outside a charity after hours is considered illegal dumping , which carries a maximum

Brisbane residents hit with dumping fines after trying to donate to charity . A Queensland pensioner and a dad have been hit with thousands of dollars worth of dumping fines after trying to donate to a local St Vincent de Paul shop.

A Queensland pensioner and a father have been hit with thousands of dollars worth of dumping fines after trying to donate to a local St Vincent de Paul shop.

Mailene Faisal was hit with a $2000 fine for leaving furniture outside a store in Brisbane.

"I'm donating stuff to help people, and then I get a fine," Ms Faisal said.

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a sign on the side of a road: The St Vincent de Paul website urges those wishing to contribute to the cause to only do so when the stores are open. © 9News The St Vincent de Paul website urges those wishing to contribute to the cause to only do so when the stores are open.

"I thought it was a hoax … I thought someone was trying to get money out of me."

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Brisbane father Bradley Haynes was hit with a similar fine after leaving a near-new filing cabinet outside a Vinnies store soon after it had closed.

"I thought it was all good, I had done the good deed, and I went home," Mr Haynes said.

"Two months later I received a letter in the mail saying we had been dumping and they had a video of it."

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a woman smiling for the camera: Mailene Faisal was hit with a $2000 fine for leaving furniture outside a store in Brisbane. © 9News Mailene Faisal was hit with a $2000 fine for leaving furniture outside a store in Brisbane.

According to Brisbane City Council, anything left on the footpath or outside a charity after hours is considered illegal dumping, which carries a maximum penalty of $10,000.

The council told 9News in a statement that the city spends $800,000 a year cleaning up illegal dumping, and there is no excuse to leave behind goods outside of opening hours.

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The St Vincent de Paul website urges those wishing to contribute to the cause to only do so when the stores are open.

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a man in a blue shirt: Brisbane father Bradley Haynes was hit with a similar fine after leaving a near-new filing cabinet outside a Vinnies store soon after it had closed. © 9News Brisbane father Bradley Haynes was hit with a similar fine after leaving a near-new filing cabinet outside a Vinnies store soon after it had closed.

"You can drop off your wonderful donations of good quality clothes and household items to your local Vinnies shop during business hours," the website reads.

"You can also place donations into the donation bins provided.

"If they are full, please do not leave donations outside the bins as they are likely to get damaged due to the weather/environment and we will have to take them to landfill."

You can get up-to-date information from the Federal Government's Coronavirus Australia app, available on the App Store, Google Play and the Government's WhatsApp channel.

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