Thursday, May 17, 2007


I couldn’t believe it when I heard about the toddler whose grandmother was fined because the 18th month old little girl dropped two crisps on a pavement in Crawley, West Sussex. Passers by were quite amused by the whole incident and looked on in stunned amazement as the child’s grandmother was approached by two council litter wardens carrying clipboards. One of them informed her that she would be fined for littering and handed her a notice. The grandmother (who was waiting for a bus with the little girl and her mother when the incident happened), asked the wardens what litter they were talking about as it was only a couple of crisps that a toddler had dropped. On reading the notice she was shocked to see that she had been fined £80! She appealed against the fine which the council decided to waive due to the extraordinary circumstances involved! I can understand how we all need to do our bit to keep Britain tidy but this sounds like bureaucracy gone mad!


Sheila said...

Well, laws are fine and dandy but I'd hope some discretion was exercised. Anyway, shouldn't the little girl be fined? Granny was probably preoccupied and didn't notice the "crime."

Janey Loree said...

I think that I would be able to take this easier that if my boyfriend stopped the car in the middle of the road and made me pick up the soda cup that I had just thrown out the window! My brother did this to his wife on their first date!! To say the least, she never littered again!!!