Man slapped with $115 fine after accidentally dropping small orange peel on the street before picking it upBy Mason White 9:52 AM July 7, 2015
By: Tanya Malhotra
A man in the United Kingdom, was shocked to be slapped with a fine for accidentally dropping a small orange peel on the street.
29-year-old Luke Gutteridge of Herts, was spotted by a police officer dropping the orange peel before being slapped with a 75-pound ($116) fine.
Gutteridge said that he had put the rest of the orange peel into a nearby garbage bin before quickly picking up the little missing piece and apologizing to the officer.
However, the officer refused to cancel the fine and dragged Gutteridge to court.
After a lengthy court battle, a judge accepted his defense that littering is a crime only if there is proof that the person intended to leave it on the ground.
The lengthy legal battle has cost the Broxbourne Borough Council 4,000 pounds ($6,237).
The Broxbourne Borough Council said that it takes all littering offenses seriously in order to keep the streets clean, and will pursue every case in court.