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.