Smokers fined £900 for dropping fag ends on street
Two smokers dropped cigarette ends on city streets and were each handed bills of £906.
The penalties racked up because they failed to attend the hearing at Nottingham Magistrates' Court.
After evidence was given by the City Council, they were found guilty in their absence. Neither wrote to the court.
Because the pair failed to provide details of their finances, the three JPs followed government guidelines and assumed they earn the national average wage of £440 a week.
That meant the fine worked out at £660, a total of one and a half weeks' pay. On top of that, the magistrates imposed a... read more
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