Smoke Nazis never declare victory.
Not content with making it an offense to puff at work or in public–and in some places, private cars and apartments–one man went to court for dropping his cigarette ash on a pavement.
Smoker Daniel Slaney ended up in court after the computer programmer, 37, was having a quick smoke as he walked to work.
In the U.K., not one, but two council wardens accused him of throwing his cigarette end away and handed him a £40 fine for littering in Sandiacre, near Nottingham.
Daniel refused to pay and told Southern Derbyshire Magistrates he always carried an old packet for his butts as he was against littering.
Magistrate Geoffrey Dennis threw out the case. He said: “This would seem to be an example of overzealous officialdom.”
Saved by the judge–this time.
But here’s a prediction: it won’t be the last time this happens.
Mark it down.