Fined EUR 250 for loud mobile phone

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12 September 2007, MECHELEN – A student from Brussels has been imposed a fine of EUR 250 by Mechelen police because his mobile phone was too loud, Het Laatste Nieuws reports on Wednesday. This is the first time such a fine has been imposed in Belgium, the paper reports.

12 September 2007

MECHELEN – A student from Brussels has been imposed a fine of EUR 250 by Mechelen police because his mobile phone was too loud, Het Laatste Nieuws reports on Wednesday. This is the first time such a fine has been imposed in Belgium, the paper reports.

"I don't understand it at all," says 18-year-old Ronny Maquilon. "I was listening to songs on the MP3 player in my mobile. The music sounded a lot quieter than the average mobile ring tone." The officers obviously thought otherwise. "It can disturb the peace for others in the vicinity," they noted in their report.

Ronny Maquilon, an art student, is dumbfounded and refuses to pay the fine, which was issued to him by Mechelen police on 28 June.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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