Woman Left Bewildered After She Was Fined £150 For Feeding Dropped Sandwich To Pigeons

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#1

It is absolutely obvious that if you are outdoor eating something and drop food on the floor then its a feast for pigeons and crows. What is so outrageous about this?

Well, we will tell you. The bizarre thing about this is if your dropped food is eaten by pigeons and in return, you are fined £150 ($200) fine. Yes, you heard that right!

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This is what happened to Leonie Ormsby. Leonie says the bread that was dropped on the floor was of the size of a coin and that too it wasn't deliberate. The 22-year-old, from Droylsden, Greater Manchester, said she sat down to eat her Greggs steak bake with her boyfriend, who ordered the tuna baguette, on Monday.

After she finished the steak bake, she had a bite of her partner's sandwich before a small piece of it dropped to the ground.

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She explained: "I had a bite, then dropped it on the floor at the side of my foot.

"I dropped one bit of food, I didn't think it was bad. It was the size of a pound coin. I have never littered in my life. We were sitting having a nice time. There was no warning.

"There was no one around me. The pigeons flocked around but it was the tiniest bit. It was gone within one peck. It was the end of the baguette. There was no filling in it.

"These two officers came over. They said, 'I have seen you feeding the pigeons.' He said, 'You are on camera.' I said, 'I don't want to give details.'

"He said, 'If you don't give your details it will go to court.' I'm going to uni, I can't have anything on my record."

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Leonie says that she has not paid the fine yet and also plans to appeal for her case. "It's just deflating, £150 is a lot of money. It's not a joke when you get fined this much money.

"I can't really afford that. If they warned me, I wouldn't have done it again. I nearly started crying. I have never been in trouble.

"It seems crazy, you feel a bit attacked. I thought, 'What is my mum going to say?' I can't believe it."

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On the other hand, the council has stood by their decision.

Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, said: "Feeding the pigeons is littering, plain and simple. Clear signs are in place in Piccadilly Gardens to advertise this fact.

"While we take no pleasure in handing out Fixed Penalty Notices to offenders, it's extremely important that people understand that they should not be feeding the birds in this way.

"Illegally dropping food for the pigeons is bad for the local environment and can also be harmful to the birds, as many items intended for human consumption are not suitable for them to eat."

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