Old tires. Dirty mattresses. Broken televisions.
Those are some of the unwanted items people have dumped at local nonprofit thrift stores.
The problem: Thrift stores, which raise money to help people in need by selling donated items, end up spending time and money to dispose of the unusable junk.
"It happens all the time," said Janet Ammons, manager of Goodwill in Washington. "We have generous people who donate very nice items with price tags still on, and then there are other people who leave garbage. Literally."