Man fined for wiping his nose.

Posted: January 29, 2010 in Broken Britain

IlieA businessman has been fined £60 and had his driving licence endorsed for wiping his nose while stuck in a traffic jam. He was fined for not being in control of his vehicle even though the handbrake was on and the car in neutral. How mad is that.

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 signalled into a parking bay by an approaching policeman.

IlieMatters became “a little bit surreal”, he said, when he wound down his window and was promptly charged by the 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.

PC Gray once handed out a £50 fine to Stewart Smith, another Ayr man, who dropped a £10 note from his back pocket. Mr Smith was charged with littering.

Mr Mancini’s first instinct after his arrest last October was to contact the press and express his outrage, but he decided instead to give Strathclyde Police the opportunity to drop the case. Alas, commonsense has not prevailed and last week the local procurator fiscal reaffirmed his determination to proceed.

The district court has no power to award costs, so even if Mancini’s case is dismissed, he may face considerable expense.

“It is absolutely crazy, but I have no option but to press on,” Mancini said. “The police must show some common sense. I believe absolutely in road safety, but I am not going to sit back and accept a £60 fine and three points on my licence for something that I didn’t do. I will fight this all the way.”

How long before PC Gray fines someone for swimming in the direction of the Titanic?

Welcome to the lunatic asylum called Britain!

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