9 Craziest Fines

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1. Girl, Five years old, bursts into tears when council officers close down her 50p a time lemonade stand and fine her £150 for trading without a permit

Overzealous council officials have come under fire after a five-year-old girl was given a £150 fine for setting up a homemade lemonade stall close to her home. The young girl burst into tears and told her father 'I've done a bad thing' after enforcement officers read her a legal letter and issued the fine. Stunned father Andre Spicer said his daughter had set up the stall in Mile End, east London, while thousands of music fans were on their way to the Lovebox Festival at the weekend. Tower Hamlets Council has since promised to cancel the fine, issued for trading without a permit, and apologised for the debacle. Mr Spicer, a professor at City University, told the Evening Standard: 'It’s not like she was trying to make a massive profit, this is just a five-year-old kid trying to sell lemonade.

2. A Dubai policeman gave himself a ticket ... and this is what happened

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Ever heard of a policeman fining himself? Well this Dubai policeman just did. Although Corporal Abdullah Ibrahim Mohammed could have just walked away form the scene where he accidentally hit a parked car, he instead fined himself and left a note on said vehicle.  The owner of the damaged car, Egyptian Doctor Mohammad Ahmad Nabeel Abdul Aziz, was very impressed with the gesture, taking to social media to express his gratitude and appreciation for the Dubai police, Gulf News reported.  After the story went viral, the Dubai police department honored Abdullah Ibrahim, giving him a certificate of thanks and appreciation. Major General Abdullah Al Merri also honored the policeman by promoting him.

3. The bartender who appealed a fine for public belching

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Nearly a year after a cop ticketed Edin Mehic for loudly belching next to him, the Vienna bartender has won his appeal. Mehic was fined 70 euros ($75) for a loud post-kebab burp at an amusement park. The ticket said he violated “public decency with a loud belch next to a police officer.” However, a court document from Mehic shows authorities have ruled in his favor. It says there was “never proof” that he burped to affront the officer. Mehic's belch resonated in Austria long after it was emitted. Groups organized to support him, and a kebab chain paid for both his ticket and an all-expense paid trip to Istanbul.

4. Best weird news: Man ticketed for warming up car loses case; Man in bunny suit who blew air horn at police pleads guilty; Buyer wanted: Tiny Oregon town for sale

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A dot on a map in rural southwestern Oregon is generating a big-city buzz. Almost the entire town of Tiller is up for sale. A potential buyer has come forward but is remaining anonymous -- and backup offers are still being accepted. The asking price of $3.5 million brings with it six houses, the shuttered general store and gas station, the land under the post office, undeveloped parcels, water rights and infrastructure that includes sidewalks, fire hydrants and a working power station. Tiller Elementary School is for sale separately for $350,000. The mystery surrounding the town’s future is generating both excitement and anxiety for residents who still live near Tiller. The town in the middle of the Umpqua National Forest has been dying since the timber industry crashed nearly 30 years ago.

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5. U.K. man fined for taking daughter to Disney World

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A trip to Disney World has sparked a battle in Britain's highest court. In a case with implications for millions of parents, the U.K. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a father broke the law by taking his daughter on vacation to Florida during school time. Jon Platt was fined 120 pounds ($150) after taking his 6-year-old daughter out of school for a week in 2015, and prosecuted when he failed to pay. Lower courts found he had not acted unlawfully because his daughter had a good overall attendance record. Those rulings led to a surge in British parents taking children on vacation during school terms, when airplane fares and hotel prices are significantly cheaper.

But local officials, backed by the British government, took the case to the country's top court. Five justices ruled unanimously Thursday that U.K. schools had the right to set rules about what constitutes "regular" attendance. Judge Brenda Hale said unauthorized absences were "a slap in the face to those obedient parents who do keep the rules." Platt said the ruling means millions of parents in Britain no longer have the power to make decisions about their own children. He said he has no plans to plead guilty or pay the fine.

6. Miami police fine Uber driver for not speaking English

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Miami might be nicknamed the capital of Latin America, but that didn't stop police there from fining an Uber driver for not speaking English. Uber driver Carmen Hechevarría was fined $250 at Miami's international airport for violating a Miami-Dade county code, adopted in May 2016, that requires ride-sharing app companies liker Uber and Lyft to have drivers who can communicate with riders in English. The county, which has an English-only population of only 27.2 percent, has long had a similar requirement for taxi drivers.

Hechevarría was picking up a passenger at the Miami airport when Miami airport officer Detra Johnson confronted the driver. "[Hechevarría] looked at me like she did not understand me," Miami airport officer Detra Johnson wrote. After Johnson asked a colleague to translate, she determined that Hechevarría "could not speak or understand English." Hechevarría later said that she felt discriminated against. "I told her 'so sorry, a little English' then she called the inspector who also confronted me and told me in order to be an Uber driver I need it to speak English,'" Hechevarría explained.

In a statement, Miami-Dade Department of Transportation public relations officer Karla Damian said the rule doesn't require Uber drivers to be "proficient" in English, but have enough grasp of the language to communicate with a passenger in case of an emergency or to receive and understand basic directions from the passenger(s). "It says they have to communicate in English," Uber spokesman Javier Correoso said of the county rule. It doesn't say they have to speak English.

7. Man fined $4,000 for 'liking' defamatory posts on Facebook

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Be very careful what you "like" on Facebook. A court in Switzerland has convicted a man on several counts of defamation after he "liked" libelous comments on the social media platform. The court in Zurich found that the man indirectly endorsed and further distributed the comments by using the ubiquitous Facebook "like" button. The man, who was not named in the court's statement, "liked" several posts written by a third party that accused an animal rights activist of antisemitism, racism and fascism.

In court, the man was not able to prove that the claims were accurate or could reasonably be held to be true. "The defendant clearly endorsed the unseemly content and made it his own," a statement from the court said. The court fined the man a total of 4,000 Swiss francs ($4,100). He has the right to appeal his sentence. Facebook said the case had "no direct link" to the company, and a spokesperson declined to comment. The case is believed to be the first time a court has interpreted a "like" as an explicit endorsement of a post.

8. Here’s why wearing a Barcelona shirt in the wrong place could land you in prison for 15 years

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Wearing a Barcelona shirt in the United Arab Emirates could land you in prison for 15 years. Arab superpowers including the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have cut relations with Qatar over claims they support extremism. They accuse the State of supporting armed militant groups as well as their regional rival, Iran – claims which Qatar say are baseless. Saudi Arabia and several other Arab states have suspended flights to and from Qatar, affecting the nation’s airline and Barcelona sponsor, Qatar Airways. Qatar Airways have sponsored Barcelona’s shirt from 2013, while two years before that from 2011 it was the Qatar Foundation on the jerseys. Last year Barcelona announced a new four-year sponsorship deal with Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten from the start of next season.

9. The Swiss village that is fining tourists who take photos

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A village in Switzerland has voted to ban tourists from taken photos. The commune of Bergün/Bravuogn near St Moritz decided to take the measure on Monday – but it’s all to make people happier, reports The Local. Locals believe that their village is so beautiful that visitors’ pictures of it, when uploaded to social media, will make other people miserable. “It is scientifically proven that beautiful holiday photos on social media make the viewer unhappy because they cannot be there themselves,” said a statement from the tourist office.

The village plans to implement a symbolic €5 fine on those caught breaking the new rules. “Bergün/Bravuogn is beautiful,” added the Mayor, Peter Nicolay. “We don’t want to make people outside the community unhappy by sharing social media photos of our picturesque landscape, and we cordially invite you to visit Bergün to experience it for yourself.  “I am very pleased that the inhabitants of Bergün have the happiness of all people at heart. That makes me very proud.” Some have questioned whether it’s from the heart or simply a publicity stunt. Although it is a real law, voted for by the town council, the village’s director of tourism, Marc-Andrea Barandun, admitted that the measure is partly a marketing ploy.

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