1The 5-year-old fined for selling lemonade
2The Dubai officer who fined himself for hitting a parked car
The owner of the damaged car, Egyptian Doctor Mohammad Ahmad Nabeel Abdul Aziz, was very impressed with the gesture, taking to social media to express his gratitude and appreciation for the officer.
After the story had gone viral, the Dubai PD honored Abdullah Ibrahim, giving him a certificate of thanks and appreciation. Major General Abdullah Al Merri also congratulated the policeman by promoting him.
3The bartender who appealed a fine for public belching
Mehic's belch resonated in Austria long after it was emitted. Groups organized to support him, and a kebab chain paid for both his ticket and an all-expense paid trip to Istanbul. (Source)
4The man who was ticketed for warming up his car
5The man who was fined for taking his daughter to Disney World
Jon Platt was fined £120 ($150) after taking his 6-year-old daughter out of school for a week in 2015 and prosecuted when he failed to pay. Lower courts found he had not acted unlawfully because his daughter had a good overall attendance record. Those rulings led to a surge in British parents taking children on vacation during school terms when airplane fares and hotel prices are significantly cheaper.
Platt said the ruling means millions of parents in Britain no longer have the power to make decisions about their own children. He said he has no plans to plead guilty or pay the fine. (Source)
6The Uber driver who was fined for not speaking English
The county, which has an English-only population of only 27.2 percent, has long had a similar requirement for taxi drivers. Hechevarría was picking up a passenger at the airport when airport officer Detra Johnson confronted her. "[Hechevarría] looked at me like she did not understand me," the officer said. After Johnson had asked a colleague to translate, she determined that Hechevarría "could not speak or understand English." Hechevarría later stated that she felt discriminated against. (Source)
7The man who was fined $4,000 for "liking" posts on Facebook
The man, who was not named in the court's statement, "liked" several posts written by a third party that accused an animal rights activist of antisemitism, racism, and fascism.
In court, he was not able to prove that the claims were accurate or could reasonably be held to be true. "The defendant clearly endorsed the unseemly content and made it his own," a statement from the court said. He was fined a total of 4,000 Swiss francs ($4,100). The case is believed to be the first time a court has interpreted a "like" as an explicit endorsement of a post.
The "likes" in this case were made between July and September 2015, before Facebook broadened the range of emotions that users can deploy when responding to a post. Until February 2016, the "like" button was the only way to react to a post, and it had been used to show a range of emotions, including concern. (Source)
8The supposed millionaire fined for wearing a Barcelona shirt
Arab superpowers including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain have cut relations with Qatar over claims they support extremism.
According to reports, if you are spotted wearing a Qatar Barcelona shirt in the UAE, you will be slapped with a $135k fine or 15 years in jail.
I don't know about you, but this seems like a publicity stunt to get you to buy the new Barcelona t-shirt featuring Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten. (Source)
9The Swiss village that is fining tourists who take photos