Woman ‘incensed’ after being handed £50 fine for giving sandwich crusts to birds
A woman is outraged after she was fined £50 for throwing her sandwich crusts to pigeons in London.
Evlena Saltan, 69, claims two council enforcement officers popped up "from nowhere" to tell her she had committed an offence, as they slapped her with the fine.
She said she had just finished her sandwich from the M&S in Uxbridge town centre and, after putting the cardboard box in the bin, decided to throw two small bits of crust to the pigeons.
The local council's enforcement officers spotted her and informed Evlena, to her shock, that feeding the pigeons carried a £50 fine, reports My London .
Despite deciding to pay the fine to avoid a court appearance, Evlena, of Ruislip, says she is still "incensed" by the lack of any sign to warn her about the law and the risk of receiving a fine,
She said: "I did not know it was an offence and there was no warning. I would not break the law for the fun of it, I'm a social worker, I respect the law.
"I've asked several friends if they know of this law and many of them had not. There should at least be a warning, it's unjust."
After the incident Evlena went back to look for signs indicating people should not feed the pigeons and said there were some but "you have to look", adding that they "did not say there would be a fine".
She said: "It's the way they do it, their attitude is so wrong. I was so incensed about it and I still am now. It's not like I was sitting there feeding them, the crust was gone within a minute."
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