Here's Your $4.00 Fine! Now stop that!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119
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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.

This 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 tobbaco on the floor.  There were spitoons 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 fineable 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 resturaunt - 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 grammer - cha-ching!  That should be $8.00, but I did set a $4.00 limit.  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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Rainmaker
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Rebekah Radice
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Love the post Mike.  Short comments on someone's AR blog just for points:  That'll be $4.00

 

Apr 17, 2011 01:02 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
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Thanks, Rebekah.  How many points?  Oops, cha-ching!

Apr 17, 2011 01:05 PM #2
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Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

thanks for your post.  It was definitely fun to read!  I like the one about "butting in line. . . "   :)

Apr 17, 2011 01:56 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Thanks, Joy.  I would never but in line.  It's $4.00.

Apr 17, 2011 02:20 PM #4
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Joyce Herr
Prudential Lancaster Real Estate - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County & Beyond

I like the hisoty section, too in our newspapers. I would fine people for dominating a conversation and not allowing others to particiapte in the conversation. I just want to walk away.

Apr 17, 2011 02:24 PM #5
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Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

That's a good one, Joyce.  The list grows!  Thanks for commenting.

Apr 17, 2011 02:47 PM #6
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