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

Reblogger Marte Cliff
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Mike Cooper brings us a fun Saturday read. I believe he's right, with a $4 fine for each of these offenses, which all fall under the category of "rude behavior" we could probably pay off the national debt within just a couple of weeks.

Here's Mike's list - what would YOU add to it?

Original content by Mike Cooper 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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Maria Sapio
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What a list...!!  Thank you for the re-blog and Mike has certainly nailed it!!  

Nov 11, 2017 09:35 AM #1
Carol Williams
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Good reblog, Marte.  Let's see, I think I'll add:
Interrupting me when I'm talking  cha-ching, cha-ching
Talking with food in your mouth  cha-ching, cha-ching
Slow pace of play on the golf course   cha-ching, cha-ching.
Using the word your when you really mean you're.  cha-ching, cha-ching

Nov 11, 2017 10:50 AM #2
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

Hahaha! I love it. 

Great reblog,  Marte:) I would probably vote for many of offered charges. 

Nov 11, 2017 03:51 PM #3
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

All these are, of course, #firstworldproblems.

Notwithstanding, I'll throw a couple in myself:

  • Sitting in a CE class and clicking your pen like a maniac
  • Sitting in a CE class and chewing ice loudly


  • Sitting in a CE class and vibrating your leg 1000 RPM causing the floor and the tables to oscillate at ultrasonic speed
Nov 11, 2017 07:50 PM #4
Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900
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Ha ha, thank you for the humorous perspective from past and present.

Nov 12, 2017 01:25 PM #5
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