21 Mar, 2020 @ 18:32
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‘I’M WALKING MY GOAT’ – and 15 other excuses that resulted in police fines during Spain’s coronavirus lockdown

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IT has been one week since Pedro Sanchez announced an unprecedented state of alarm across Spain – but still people are bending the rules.

Spain’s Ministry of the Interior announced on Friday a crackdown on ‘weak spots’ as the public have found ways to get around hefty fines ranging from €600-30,000 for disobedience.

Here are 15 unsuccessful excuses that have resulted in police fines.

  • Going to the supermarket when there are none in the area
  • Going to the supermarket when it is a public holiday and closed.
  • Going for a walk dressed as a dinosaur.
  • Posing as a soldier.
  • Going to see a nephew.
  • Going see a friend.
  • Taking a goat for a walk.
  • Taking a fake dog for a walk.
  • Going for a run (and then attacking a police officer). –
  • Going out ‘for a ride’ and being caught on the banks of a river with fishing gear and boots.
  • Going out for tobacco without carrying money or a card
  • Going out to pick up a package, while on a bike and in cycling gear.
  • Walking the dog, when you are miles away from home.
  • Walking at night and claiming you are buying toilet and kitchen paper from a 24-hour store. (Police said they couldn’t prove if this was true or not, but fined such a man anyway.)
  • Going to sunbathe on the beach because it was very hot and needed to you need to ‘air out’.
  • Going for a swim in a pool and ignoring a police officer’s demands for you to exit.

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

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