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Man fined S$300 for shooting 2 rubber bands in public

A man was recently forced to fork out $300 for two rubber bands he shot on the road. Even gold doesn’t cost that much, gram for gram.

This issue became so sensationalised on social media that the National Environment Agency (NEA) had to explain themselves.

One unlucky guy

The man was at Jurong East Central when he threw a rubber band away on Thursday (May 23) and was caught by a police officer.

Here’s his ticket:

Thankfully, the man was “was cooperative throughout (the NEA) officers’ engagement with him”.

According to a statement the NEA has made to CNA, they added,

“NEA enforcement officers observed a man walking towards his vehicle and shooting two rubber bands, one after the other, into the air. The rubber bands landed on the public road. Our officers thus informed him of the littering offence and issued him an enforcement ticket.”

He needs to fork out S$300 by July 7. If not, he has to go to court where he would be penalised with a fine of S$2,000 – S$10,000 and/or prison.

That kind of fine almost seems criminal. However, he’s not the only one who faced the iron fists.

A S$300 drink can

Similarly, two men were fined the same amount for leaving a drink can at Woodlands MRT.

Just like the rubber band felon, they were both first-time offenders, hence the ‘small’ fine of $300. If they don’t heed that warning, they might have to fork out up to S$4,000 for the second occasion, and S$10,000 for the third.

Littering in Singapore has been a growing problem, with more and more cases being reported each year. The government seeks to counter this trend with even stricter enforcement methods such as increasing the level of shame that comes with Corrective Work Orders.

In related news: Man says he got fined for smoking with one foot outside designated smoking area

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