They say no good deed goes unpunished.
And doing a good deed has ended badly for one Victorian woman when she was slapped with a hefty parking fine while stopping to donate clothes to a local charity.
Carol Glavich, 55, parked outside a Williamstown op shop to donate leftovers from a garage sale intended raise money for her 16-year-old daughter Holly's humanitarian trip to Africa.
"I parked in the centre of the street, went into the op shop, and the lady said, 'If you keep your boot open and it's obvious you're dropping off donations it'll be fine'", Ms Glavich told radio station 3AW.
"I was in and out in five minutes."
Several days later she received a $159 fine in the mail, accompanied by photographs of her open car boot.
Ms Glavich said she was "very upset" that she had been fined for doing something that "benefits the local community".
In a Facebook post, Ms Glavich called the Hobsons Bay City Council "heartless" after a lengthy email protesting the fine failed to change the council's decision.
"Today I received another merciless bureaucratic letter saying I have to pay!," she wrote on Facebook.
"Hobsons Bay City Council... how do you sleep at night?"
Ms Glavich's daughter Holly is attempting to raise funds for a World Challenge trip to Africa to help local communities in Swaziland and Mozambique look after orphans and vulnerable children.
Holly's mother told 3AW the $159 she now has to pay in fines would have been better directed to her daughter's charity trip.
Find out more about the World Challenge trip to Africa here.