Top 5 Most Bizarre Fines Ever

Sunday, January 8, 2012

5. The driver who was fined for blowing his nose during traffic jam

A businessman was fined £60 and had his driving license endorsed for blowing his nose while stuck in a traffic jam. Michael Mancini, a furniture restorer from Prestwick, Ayrshire, was given the fixed penalty and docked three penalty points after leaning over and pulling out a paper handkerchief to wipe his nose when stuck in Ayr High Street. Mancini said that his van was in neutral with its handbrake on, and that he was flabbergasted when he was signaled into a parking bay by an approaching policeman. Matters became “a little bit surreal”, he said, when he wound down his window and was promptly charged by the stern-faced PC Stuart Gray, a man known locally as “Shiny Buttons” in recognition of his zealous attention to detail. “I honestly thought it was a joke,” said Mancini, 39, who was booked for failing to be in control of his vehicle.

4. The man who was fined for crashing a motorized armchair

With a stereo, headlights and the ability to travel 20mph, this isn’t a run-of-the-mill armchair.
Inventive Dennis Anderson combined a powerful lawnmower with a cushy recliner to build this bizarre vehicle. However, the 61-year-old’s fun came to an end after he decided to drive it home after a drinking session at his local pub. Anderson lost control of the vehicle, which boasts an eight-horsepower engine, and crashed it into a parked car. Officers said Anderson, who injured his leg, was ‘clearly intoxicated’ and had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit. He has been handed a 180-day suspended jail sentence and a £1,200 fine. As it was his second drink-drive incident, the armchair was confiscated and has been set aside for a police auction.
3. The woman who was fined for having too noisy sex

For two years Kerry Norris, 29, and boyfriend Adam Hinton, regularly embarrassed neighbours with their all-night love-making. The couple yelled out obscenities while the headboard would bang against the wall until 6am. Finally Norris was prosecuted by Brighton and Hove City Council for ignoring a noise abatement notice. Next door neighbour Richard Powell told magistrates: “The headboard bangs on the wall as they are having sex and it keeps me awake all night.” “I have had to take days off work because of the lack of sleep.” Richard’s wife Sarah said she had to move her children to the front room of their home because of the noise. And Michelle Tyrrell said her four year-old daughter was kept awake by the sounds of the couple having sex. Norris would also sunbathe naked in the garden in full view of workmen.
Tony Waller, defending Norris, said she was getting the blame for noise made by other tenants. But magistrates fined her £200 plus £100 costs, and told her to pay a £15 “victim surcharge”.
2. The Swiss man who was fined $9500 for questioning Anne Frank’s diary

A former regional president of the far-right Party of Nationally Oriented Swiss has been fined just over SFr 10,000 ($9,500) for claiming Anne Frank’s diary was a fake. In June 2009, the 22-year-old ex-leader of the Basel branch of the extremist party had written an article called “The lies around Anne Frank”, in which he branded the diary of the young Jewish girl a “historical lie”. The young man has been fined for racial discrimination. He referred to an article published in 1980 in the German news magazine Der Spiegel, which questioned the authenticity of the diary. The Spiegel article mentioned an expert’s report by the German Federal Criminal Police. The same authority led an investigation in 2006 which cleared all doubts on the diary’s authenticity. The president of the Basel court said the accused had infringed the federal law against racism and his assertions were like a slap in the face of the victims.
Anne Frank died aged 15 in March 1945 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, having lived most of her life in Amsterdam. From July 1942 to August 1944, she and her family lived in hiding in a secret annex. Anne kept a diary, which was found and published after her death.
1. The woman who was fined for defaming husband’s manhood

Vandana Gurjar filed for divorce from her husband Hemant Chhalotre in Madhya Pradesh, India. Her grounds for the action included Chhalotre’s impotence. That was a mistake. He turned around and sued Gurjar for defamation, and she was ordered to pay 200,000 rupees (£2,747)! Mr Chhalotre had complained the impotence accusation “rendered him unmarriageable and sullied his prestige”. The amount of the fine far exceeds the annual income of millions living in India.


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