Here's your $4.00 fine. Hand over the cash, Sparky!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

The local paper in Winchester does an interesting page every Monday. On Monday they publish articles from 100 years ago, 75 years ago, 50 years ago 
and 25 years ago. I'm always most fascinated with the 100 years ago. Since I wasn't here to remember them they tend to be the most enlightening and entertaining.

On one past Monday the first story was my favorite. It seems that the postmaster had complained to the local city government that too many men were spitting tobacco on the floor. There were spittoons all around, but these uncouth city slickers had taken to spitting wherever and whenever they wanted, and since the postmaster was also the custodian of the post office, this had to stop! Besides, it was a health issue.

Local laws had to be amended to make spitting on the floor of the post office a fine-able offense. It could cost up to $4 if the offense was severe enough, and in 1901 $4 was a lot of money. Well, the story got me thinking. What would I fine people for if I could stick a $4 fine on offenders? Here's a partial list:


  • Wearing pajamas anywhere but in your home - cha-ching! $4.00 please
  • Non-handicapped parking in handicapped only slots - cha-ching! $4.00
  • Sitting right beside my table in a completely empty restaurant - cha-ching!  Move over. Leave your $4.00 on the table!
  • Wearing too much cologne anywhere - teary-eyed, sneezing cha-ching! 
  • Driving 10 miles under the speed limit in the passing lane - cha-ching, cha-ching!
  • Talking loudly on your cell phone - we all have them - nobody is impressed - cha-ching! Hand over the $4.00 and use inside voices!
  • Trying to impress me with your intellect while using bad grammar - cha-ching! That should be $8.00, but I did set a $4.00 limit. It's your lucky day, Sparky!
  • Not returning important phone calls, emails or text messages - cha-ching!  Ante up, $4.00.
  • Playing your music so loud in traffic that my car vibrates - cha-ccchhhhiiinnnnggggg! 
  • Chewing with your mouth open - cha-ching! What was that? $4.00, spit it up!
  • Butting in line anywhere - cha-ching! Back to the end of the line Bub. Oh yeah,  $4.00 please.

You see my dilemma. There are just to many things to fine people $4.00 over.  Of course we could use these fines to settle the national debt. What do you think, two weekends? We should be there in two weekends, maybe three.  Anyway, what's on your $4.00 fine list? I may need to take out a loan if this ever becomes law!


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Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker ABR, GRI

Using the word "like" several times in the same sentence.

Nov 12, 2017 02:06 PM #25
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

No parking in a handicapped spot when you are not handicapped should be $400!  My niece is confined to a wheelchair and sometimes can't get out of the van because the handicapped spots are taken by non-handicapped individuals. 

Nov 12, 2017 05:17 PM #26
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

LOL - this one takes the cake!  I'd like to receive your paper.  I get that same feeling when I read very old deed restrictions on homes built before 1940.  Interesting stuff.  My take - $4 fine for talking and chewing gum at the same time!

Nov 12, 2017 07:39 PM #27
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Oh my, if we all charged $4 for these offenses, we could definitely pay off the national debt ASAP. Very funny.

Nov 13, 2017 03:20 AM #28
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Elbows on the table, Remember - elbows on the table, this is not a horse's stable! 

Nov 13, 2017 04:51 AM #29
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

$4 fine, sounds like an AR challenge, or a question for A/R - just for fun.  I would love to see others list.  I really enjoyed this one! 

Nov 13, 2017 04:56 AM #30
Marney Kirk
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Towson, MD
Towson, Maryland Real Estate

Mike, this gave me a good chuckle this morning. So many things I would love to see a fine for, if that would stop the behavior... *sigh* LOL

Nov 13, 2017 05:25 AM #31
Ben DeHaven
Haven Realty & Investments - Winter Haven, FL
Proudly serving Winter Haven & Lakeland, Florida

Awesome Post, but when someone sits right next to you in a restaurant they want your business cards!


Nov 13, 2017 11:28 AM #32
Michael Eisenberg
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Real Estate Guy

Great list. It's more like $400 for parking in a handicapped spot, I once got that, but I am handicapped and just forgot to put up the placard so a trip to the courthouse to show my papers canceled the ticket,

Nov 13, 2017 12:02 PM #33
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Love the idea and concept ... we will first have to figure out how to fix stupid. 

Nov 13, 2017 12:17 PM #34
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

A humorous post. Thanks for making me chuckle. I hope you have a great day. 

Nov 13, 2017 04:11 PM #35
Susan McCall, Everyone needs a home
Compass Realty Solutions, Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA - Portland, OR
Quickly, professionally and with a little fun!

I am surprised by the lack of add ons to this post.  I have  a Saturday Evening Post magazine (remember that one?) from when I was born.  It is lacking the local color that you get in your newspaper.

I am really annoyed today and last week, two lenders that promise information and don't provide it without repeated promptings.  That's a post for another day.

Nov 13, 2017 06:48 PM #36
Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

- Agents calling me nights/weekends/holidays to schedule showings on my listings. Seriously? How about you READ THE SHOWING INSTRUCTIONS and follow them. Cha-ching!! 

Nov 13, 2017 07:20 PM #37
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Congratulations on your feature recognition. I like your suggestions!


Nov 14, 2017 03:25 AM #38
John Wiley
EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Mike, I loved this post.

You entertained us as you shared the things that people should not do.

We could all add to the list, but yours was great.

Indeed, we could settle the National Debt with these $4 fines.

Nov 14, 2017 06:44 AM #39
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

You have most of them but people still spit everywhere! Guys what is with that? Is it a 'I watch the baseball guys do it'?  Gross.

I agree with the jammies. 


Nov 14, 2017 10:13 AM #40
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

oh there is so many things I could put on the list.  I could rich, $4.00 at a time.

Nov 14, 2017 05:44 PM #41
Thomas McCombs
Century 21 HomeStar - Akron, OH

Good start for this list.

Add: You are not turning down the volume on your phone ringer when I think you should be. (Awkward sentence, but you get the drift . . .)

Nov 15, 2017 06:33 AM #42
Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida
Premier Sotheby's International Realty - Daytona Beach, FL
Experts in Listing and Selling Waterfront & Luxury

How about “Throwing garbage out of their cars in store parking lots when they could walk a few steps to the trash cans in front of the store”.  Thanks Mike, this was a great list! 

Jan 29, 2018 03:05 AM #43
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

Just caught this on a re-blog. Had to thank you for the laugh. I agree with you on every point.

You could be rich and the National debt could be a wiped out in a matter of days .

Jan 29, 2018 07:16 AM #44
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