RUBBISH dressed up as a "donation" then dumped on charities such as the St Vincent de Paul is an unacceptable and costly burden.
That's the message from Pat Douglas, manager of the store's Morisset op shop.
Ms Douglas recently arrived at work one morning to find that overnight, and under the cover of darkness, somebody had dumped a collection of old beds, mattresses, furniture including rotting sofas and other junk.
"It's an easy way out for them to avoid paying tip fees or even taking it there," Ms Douglas said.
"But we still have to pay the tip fees to get rid of junk. It costs us millions to get rid of this sort of junk."
Her colleage and a Vinny's volunteer for 17 years, Denise Craft, said it was the first time it had happened.
"We really hope this is the last time, too," she said.
"We are trying our best to give people in need a bit of a helping hand but whoever dumped this must know it is rubbish and that we couldn't possibly give it to anybody," said Ms Craft, a third generation Morissetian whose father and grandfather were the town's blacksmith and farrier.
As it happened, with the exception of the sofa, the rubbish was dumped on the council footpath.
So a council ranger has since inspected the rubbish for the purposes of locating material that may identify the offender.
Council then removed the rubbish.