A good-natured granny was slapped with a £400 fine for fly-tipping after she left unwanted clothes next to a packed charity donation bin.
Pauline Yarranton was handed a fixed penalty notice after she placed two small bags of jumpers and T-shirts next to the overfilled clothes bank.
The 68-year-old, who has four grandchildren, left the bags by the clothes drop in her Nisa car park in Stourport, Worcestershire, last November.
But two weeks later Wyre Forest District Council’s community and environmental protection officer wrote to Pauline accusing her of fly-tipping.
The official ordered Pauline to cough up £400 or risk being dragged to court.
She defiantly refused to pay up and has instead appealed the decision, arguing that she was being unfairly punished for trying to help people in need.
She said: "I placed items for those in need outside in front of a local recycling collection container. I did it because I thought I might be helping someone in need. To my shock weeks later I received a fine for £400 from the council.
"I was gobsmacked. I thought they had the wrong person."
Pauline added that she had chosen to take her garments to the site because charity shops were full after lockdown.
Town hall chiefs then ordered Pauline to attend a meeting in December were she was grilled “under caution” for 30 minutes by two council officials.
She said they gave her "three options" — from which she took a caution instead of paying a fine or going to court.
The retired hairdresser from Stourport is now warning others to careful when donating items at clothes banks, and says she is still annoyed about her caution as she doesn't believe she did "anything illegal".
A yellow warning sticker has now been placed on the charity bin, which says: "If the bank is full please take your property home."
The Daily Star has approached Wyre Forest District Council for comment.
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