Doubts about 'whizz' kid ticketing claim
25 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — Police in the northern Dutch city of Groningen have expressed doubts about a claim that an officer issued a fine to three-year-old boy for urinating in public.The police department said none of its officers issued a three-year-old boy with such a ticket.
25 July 2006
AMSTERDAM — Police in the northern Dutch city of Groningen have expressed doubts about a claim that an officer issued a fine to three-year-old boy for urinating in public.
The police department said none of its officers issued a three-year-old boy with such a ticket.
A woman from Veendam suggested her son was caught short in the Borgerswold park last Wednesday and then caught by an officer while in the act of relieving himself behind some bushes. According to her story, the boy was issued with a EUR 75 fine.
Her claims were eagerly picked by the media, particularly as the summer is traditionally a period of little hard news in the Netherlands. Apart from the crisis in Lebanon and the Middle East, Dutch media outlets - and Expatica - are relying heavily on weather-related stories to fill their domestic news pages.
But the police have countered by saying the woman's story is contradictory and is further weakened by her inability to produce the infamous ticket.
She claims to have lodged an objection to the fine and sent the ticket to the Public Prosecutor's Office (OM). Justice officials say that no official objection or ticket has arrived to date.
The saga developed a further twist when the woman confided that she had doubts whether the person who issued the ticket was a real police officer. The police department initially appeared to warm to this notion only to dismiss it later as there have been no other reports of a phantom ticketer operating in the area.
It is not legal under Dutch Law to ticket such a young person.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news