A chained barricade at the Yarrawonga Community Op-shop on Benalla Road has been destroyed in what appears to be a desperate bid by an individual to dump unwanted items from a vehicle.
Op-shop co-ordinator Lynne Dowsett said it was disappointing to turn up to the shop on Monday morning to see the damage that volunteers will now have to repair.
Mrs Dowsett said the incident happened sometime between Saturday afternoon and Monday morning when the shop was closed. The items dumped in the incident were mostly unusable.
“We are a community based not-for-profit business so any extra costs will mean the community actually suffers.
“All money made after costs goes back into the community.
“We ask people to be mindful that if their items are not usable or they are broken we cannot take them and sell them.
“Ninety percent of people are fantastic and very generous and we like to go over the items with them.
“We are grateful to the community for what they bring but ask if they could bring their items into the shop during opening hours,” Mrs Dowsett said.
Mrs Dowsett said since the chains went up there has been less dumping of unwanted goods at the shop. However anything that can’t be sold still incurs a cost as the items need to be taken to the tip.
If anybody witnessed the incident, please contact Yarrawonga Police on 5744 3641.