And you thought Victoria was the Police State (tm).
An article I found in the Melbourne Herald Sun Friday May 30th 2003.
Mayor's fine mess.
By Phillip Coorrey in New York.
New Yorkers are hopping mad over a Blizzard of summonses ranging from sitting on a milk crate to feeding pidgeons.
So rampant has the issuing of silly fines become that a blame game has started between Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the city council and police.
The Patrolmens Benevolent Association has launced a $160,000 campaign: "Don't Blame the Cop". It says police have been forced to meet a daily fine quota to boost revenue to fight the city's multi million dollar debt.
Last week Bronx resident Jesse Taveras, 19, was ticketed for "unauthorised use of a milk crate". He faces a fine of $160-00.
Scores of other New Yorkers have volunteered similar stories. For the past three days the "Daily News" has run two full pages of examples.
An Israeli tourist dozing in a near empty subway carriage, his head and arm slumped on the next seat, was taken off the train, searched, and fined $80 for taking up two seats.
An 86 year-old man, feeding pidgeons in the park as he has done every day for years, got a summons for violating a health regulation by feeding pidgeons in public.
A Brooklyn man was fined $170 for parking in his own driveway because the wheels were centimeters over the footpath.
A pregant woman who took a breather and sat down on the steps at a subway station was hit for $80 for blocking a stairwell.
A Bronx man who put newspapers in a cardboard box for recycling was fined $40 for violating sanitation laws that require they be bundled neatly in a plastic bag.
A Manhattan woman was given a summons for using outdated blue rcycling bags for her rubbish.
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