Saturday, June 13, 2009

Man fined for littering after accidentally dropping £10 note

A man who accidentally dropped a £10 note in an Ayr street was given a £50 fine for littering.

Stewart Smith says he was at first grateful when police pointed to his dropped tenner in Newmarket Street.

And he thanked them for pointing it out to him.

But the 36-year-old, living on benefits, says that the cops then handed him the fixed-penalty fine.

Mr Smith said: “I’m living on £98 a fortnight at the moment, so £50 is a week’s living expenses for me.”

Mr Smith says he had just bought a £3 T-shirt in a charity shop, paid for with a £20 note given to him by his mum.

He said: “I came out the Capability Scotland shop with my T-shirt under my arm.

“I put £7 into my front pocket, as I was going to buy some juice.

“I thought I was putting a £10 note and the receipt in my back pocket.

“But I’ve missed my pocket, and the £10 note – along with the receipt – had fallen on to the street.”

Mr Smith insisted: “I made an honest mistake.”

The ticket gives him 14 days to pay up to South Ayrshire Council.

But he has already consulted a lawyer to see if he can fight what he sees as an unjust fine.

Formerly of Kincaidston, Mr Smith now lives in a flat in Dalrymple.

He worked at the Bed Shed warehouse at Skeldon, before arthritis in his hands forced him to leave at the end of last year.

He said: “I really thought the police were trying to be helpful, but maybe I just have the kind of face they don’t like.”

He insists he didn’t swear at the police or deliberately litter.

Inspector John Cairns of Ayr police office said: “I can confirm a male was issued with a fixed-penalty notice for an alleged act of littering on the day in question.”


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i weas told today that the copper who done him also fined the driver last week for sneezing while in charge of a car i think this kind of thing can only do harm to the police in general

Tue Feb 02, 09:13:00 pm GMT  
Blogger tom said...

I knew that standards relating to
police recruitment have been lowered in past years but, the same seems to apply to the procurators office. How sad these people are,How sad.

Sun May 22, 10:49:00 am GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is lucky the cops informed him he had dropped the tenner. Under normal circumstances the cops would have simply kept quiet, picked up the tenner, kept it for themselves and used it to pay for their next internet monthly subscription to child porn sites.

Think I'm joking? Just do a GOOGLE to see how many police have been done for accessing child porn sites on the Internet. Sick, the lot of them.

Thu Feb 02, 08:21:00 am GMT  

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