Published on November 12th, 2012 | by Jack Simpson0
Police fine 3-year-old boy $2,500 for having a wee in his own front garden
The aptly named Ashley Warden, of Piedmont Oklahoma, was handed a $2,500 ticket for public urination offences when her potty training child was caught using the front lawn as a lavatory. War memorials, fair enough; shop windows, understandable, but $2,500 for having a slash in your own front yard? Surely that takes the piss.
Toddler Dillon Warden was playing on the family’s two-acre piece of land when he, determined not to wet himself, decided the lawn was as good a place as any to take a leak. However, an eagle-eyed officer witnessed Dillon’s alfresco bathroom break and issued his mother a $2,500 fine for the offence. When the Warden’s questioned the validity of the ticket on the grounds that the offence had taken place on private property, the officer rebuffed the argument claiming it was not hidden from public view.
It has been claimed by the Warden’s that the officer in question had been stationed outside of their house on a daily basis leading up to the incident.
Talking to Oklahoma’s News9, peed off Jennifer Warden, Dillon’s Grandmother, stated she was “disappointed that this is what the officer feels he should be doing with our tax dollars… sitting and harassing my family”.
While Piedmont’s crime rate level is a quarter of the American average, their Chief of Police was quick to refute claims that his staff were under worked and over zealous. He said: “I am a big believer in community policing,” claiming his officer was on patrol to carry out this service.
The Mayor of Piedmont Valerie Thomerson took a light-hearted approach to the story. “Is it embarrassing for Piedmont? It certainly is… I have heard jokes about Peed-mont and frankly they are hilarious,” she told News9. “I support our police, but not in this case… stupid is what stupid does and we have now rectified the situation.”
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