A nurse has been fined more than $270 after leaving apples outside her house for people to eat.
Lydia Farrell, from London, wrote on Facebook council had fined her for “fly-tipping” or illegal dumping.
“Feeling disheartened. The council has fined us £150 for ‘fly-tipping’ because we’ve been leaving free apples outside our house in cardboard boxes (because people were taking the pots!)” she wrote.
“A good deed unfortunately gone wrong.”
She told The Metro adding to her anguish was that someone forced their way into her backyard and broke her fence while she was away from home for a few days.
When she returned, she found she had been slapped with a fine.
People on Facebook were furious over the fine too.
“That's so stupid, people used to do that kind of thing all the time and never had a problem,” one woman wrote.
“Clearly they have nothing better to do.”
Another woman called the fine “ridiculous”.
It seems the backlash over the fine has led to it being quashed though.
A council spokesperson told The Metro it recognised Ms Farrell’s “good intentions” and has offered an apology to her.
“We will be in touch with Ms Farrell to rescind the fine,” the spokesperson said.
“‘Our priority is to make sure the borough is clean and litter-free and we apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.”
Ms Farrell plans to keep offering apples to anyone who passes by her home.
“I’ll keep sharing my apples but maybe fix them to my wall somehow next time,” she wrote.
“Thanks for everyone’s support and kind words.
“And we now have some passion fruit growing.”
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