Harmful Effects of Coffee

I saw a recent editorial about a woman (a respected, retired civil servant) who had been fined for disposing of a cup of coffee down a roadside drain. Her reason, as reported, was that the coffee tasted horrible. Rather than discard the drink straight into a bin, she elected to pour the liquid down a drain. 

On doing so, the lady was approached by THREE enforcement officers (contracted by Ealing council) and was issued an £80 on-the-spot fine for littering. An appeal to the council failed. Only after action by a local newspaper, did the council retract the fine. 

What sort of nonsensical reasoning would anyone use for levying a fine against a person who had adopted responsible means of discarding the drink? The council’s defence was that the action constituted a breach of environmental laws, banning the introduction of any “poisonous, noxious or polluting matter” to the drainage system.

Never mind the people spitting into gutters, drunks pi**ing in shop doorways, others dropping cigarette butts willy-nilly, etc, etc.

Considering myself a healthy person, I had no idea that I have, for many years, been ingesting  “poisonous, noxious or polluting matter”  five to six times per day. Given this precedent, I should think I might now institute proceedings against selected coffee manufacturers and retailers.


Paige Elizabeth Turner
Paige writes across a variety of genres, but prefers to concentrate on her crime / mystery series featuring Private Investigator Olivia Watts and her Watts Happening? Investigations agency. Also dabbling in poetry, Paige produces emotive verse from romance through to environmental issues. Writing is her lifeblood, but as experienced by many writers, there’s a shortfall of financial nutrients feeding the blood.

One Response to “Harmful Effects of Coffee

  • I heard about this and it did seem ludicrous. And why three officers? If ithey were to split up they could cover three times the area and perhaps catch someone who really was littering.

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