Daily Mail - With his rubbish collected only once a fortnight, Gareth Corkhill's wheelie bin was so full the lid wouldn't shut. And for that, the father of four finds himself with a criminal record. Magistrates convicted the 26-year-old bus driver after hearing evidence that the lid was four inches ajar, which is against rules to stop bins overflowing. He was ordered to pay £210 - a week's wages - after he declined to pay an on-the-spot fine imposed by the local council's bin police, who visited him wearing stab-proof vests and carrying photographic evidence of his crime.
And the dumb clucks wonder why people are dumping and burning their trash in illegal fires. The stupidity of local councils never ceases to amaze me. And it shouldn't come as any surprise that they are usually dominated by greenies and lefties. Don't think this sort of crap won't come to Australia, I have already heard of certain councils putting microchips on their bins and trying to weasel and slither in various ways of monitoring your trash. Hopefully us Aussies will tell these nannying, meddling, sniveling parasites to jump off the nearest cliff and take their devices with them.To add insult to injury he was told to pay a £15 victim surcharge to help victims of violence - despite there being no victim - and threatened with prison if he failed to pay. Rapists, murderers and other violent criminals who have earned a jail sentence rather than a fine are immune from the penalty. Yesterday the council, Copeland in Cumbria, said that Mr Corkhill's family had caused problems for "the battle to reduce waste". For failing to pay his fine Mr Corkhill, from Whitehaven, will now have a criminal record which he will have to disclose if he applies for a job, credit or a mortgage over the next five years.