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Council Fined Couple £400 for Disposing of an Envelope in a Public Bin

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If it's not the police it's the council

What was this couples crime that cost them £400 , being good citizens and disposing of an envelope in a bin , but the wrong one

I cannot believe this, i did not even know you cannot dispose of an envelope from your home in a public bin, only your own !!

What a complete farce , if the public are not getting fleeced by traffic fines they are getting fleeced by the council snoopers

As the couple pointed out there are people fly tipping and littering everywhere and getting away with it

They do what they thought was the right thing and get this

It's another rip off britain scenario !!

www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/couple-slapped-400-fine-council-32905733

telmel
3 weeks ago
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Jerseydrew

Ridiculous. Yes we need to recycle but at least it went in the bin. If yhet fined them why not a tenner? I guess as councils are bankrupt they need to make money somehow

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telmel

Jerseydrew I think that is probably part of the reason J , its just a shame they do it to responsible people and not the real criminals

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EmmaWright762

This is money scamming off of the public gone mad. I've heard of unscrupulous goings on concerning car parking etc but this is a new one on me. I would personally tell them to go forth and multiply, take me to court and I will bring the press. Idiots! Greedy ones at that!

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telmel

EmmaWright762 I think you are right E , i would let it go to court too, if only for the principle

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Lynibis

I would have had my day in court, this world is sending me crazy and finding no joy with the sickness we are bringing upon ourselves.

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telmel

Lynibis Again i agree L, every time i find a story for chat it is like deja vu , the same scenario but a just a different service provider ripping off the public yet again

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jms19

That is a farce, i wasn’t aware of that rule either. Councils and the police etc seem to be spending a lot of time focusing on stupid things, rather than actual problems.

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telmel

jms19 Kerching J 🤨

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Pjran

That’s absolutely ridiculous to be fined all because she put an envelope in the bin on the way to work! I wonder how much the fine would have been if she just littered.

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telmel

Pjran £4,000 probably P

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PhilipMarc

Things are bad enough as it is and they give people another reason to hate them? They'll blame the "far right" got to them.

Also, does anyone know who runs that council? Starmer's Party.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-65490254

Hopefully they'll vote for the Reform Party and yes, I know they're far from perfect, but still better than Tory/Labor. If Farage was the next PM that would be god damn glorious.

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Pinkspirit

Gone are the days of the post being delivered before you set off for work...ie opening and reading your post while walking to the bus stop or train station as l use to do this and screw or throw the envelope in the bin. Such a weird world we live in now

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telmel

Pinkspirit That's the sort of thing i used to do P, i am sure they only produce these ridiculous rules to get money out of people

So any public rubbish bin cannot be used to put anything from the home in it ??

I would deliberately start putting my used envelopes in them, minus my name and address of course, but knowing the council snoopers they would go to the expense of DNA testing to catch you 🤨

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Pinkspirit

telmel oh crumbs I'm bang to rights then as I'm always putting my chewing gum in a wrapper in the bin...I'm going to be poor in no time 🤣

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BonzoBanana

Wow all you have to do is put someone's address you don't like on a envelope and stick it in a public bin for them to get a huge fine or just look through their rubbish and get an old envelope and stick it in a public bin. Just seems madness, basically you can put as much of your own home rubbish into public bins as long as there is no details about you with it.

My general waste bin collection is every 3 weeks and on average its only a third full at best but there is only me at this house. However I've seen public bins in a nearby small park close to my home full of home waste presumably because they didn't have enough space in their normal bins for one collection every 3 weeks and likely a family with multiple kids etc. So I'm guessing there is a problem with people leaving home waste in public bins as they have built up too much waste at their home.

Yes its only an envelope but I guess the council are assuming a lot more of their unidentified waste was also thrown out with it by the same people.

It's getting more and more difficult to dispose of waste nowadays. My council are grossly incompetent with huge debts and have just announced redundancies for 1000s of staff due to their huge debts. It's likely public bins will start getting removed at some point as they won't have the resources to empty them.

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telmel

BonzoBanana I was also thinking of what you said about someone putting your address on an envelpope and putting in a public bin out of spite B , it could possibly happen

Yes, i think public bins will go the same way as public toilets have, both a necessity but unaffordable to councils

The way cutbacks are going we will be getting zero services eventually with sky high costs

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BonzoBanana

telmel Yes that is what debt does, you end up paying all your money on servicing the debt rather than providing services. Councils should never have borrowed, if they can't afford a service they can't afford it, it only delays problems and makes them much larger. It's madness the way the country is run. If they never borrowed and never sold assets we would have faced a financial crisis probably in the late 70s or early 80s and would have withdrawn from the EU much earlier. I see now the Royal Mail is now being sold to an oversea investor from the Czech Republic. It's utter madness and shows the utter stupidity and incompetence of our current government.

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Mango4

Unfortunately that's the way this country has gone , everyone looking to fine people for anything and everything.

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telmel

Mango4 That's the way it has become M, as soon as you step out of your front door you are entering a minefield, whether you are walking or driving

All you will be concentrating on is how not to be fined for something

I did post a feel good chat earlier to try to get away from all the problems we face such as this

but it got zero interest, unlike these type of subjects,.

It shows how much we are being affected by it all , it's on everyones minds

So i will continue to post these types of injustices , making people aware of the pitfalls we face daily

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KAW18

Seems crazy! I don't understand that. Where I live people dump rubbish everywhere. In back lanes. Even on the local field. I know one person that's doing it all the time I keep hoping she gets found out and gets fined but doesn't seem to happen.

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TheChimp

telmel No sympathy whatsoever.

Would you allow everyone to throw all their waste into public bins?

It's absolutely shocking around here where people are putting their crap in council bins so they are overflowing after a day of being emptied.

This is not a money making exercise, but trying to stop people from what is basically fly tipping.

I'd fine them double

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stevea808

TheChimp no sympathy for someone putting an envelope into a public dustbin. I thought that's what a bin was for. What do you do? Throw your rubbish on the floor. Absolutely pathetic rules.

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TheChimp

stevea808 They knew the rules and should have stuck by them.

Where do you draw the line? One envelope? One bin bag? Or a skip full of rubbish?

Nope, no sympathy at all. I suppose you are one of the pavement parkers? I'd fine them £100 a time and all or get the car towed.

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stevea808

TheChimp actually I never park on the pavement. I suppose you're mr perfect are you? You just seem to enjoy being controversial.

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TheChimp

stevea808 Perfect? Yes, yes I am.

Thank you for your comment

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stevea808

TheChimp enjoy your day.

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TheChimp

stevea808 Thanks

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suevernon1968

How many times have you seen public bins completely overflowing- i see that a lot these days

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chele44

What is this country coming to? Why can’t they go after proper criminals rather than couple who thought they were disposing of an envelope in an entirely legal way. They probably wouldn’t have been fined as much if they’d just dropped it on the ground. How many of us are guilty of this? I know I am in the past, taking post from postman on way to work and then throwing any post that’s irrelevant in the nearest bin on way to work

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MelissaLee1

Something similar happend to someone I know.It's madness!

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stuartsmith544

I saw this and it confirmed to me that councils are desperate to recover money that has been taken away by the government and they need to replace it. Absolutely disgusting and the council even tried to think it.

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Pfs

Some people like using a public bin rather than their own bin to get rid of rubbish from their houses on a regular basis

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telmel

Osamas bin was always over laden P 😀

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Pfs

telmel they found bin Laden in his garden

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telmel

Pfs About right P 😀

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