Spitting on the street could cost you £80
Waltham Forest Council in North East London is the first council to introduce a fine for spitting on the street - and it adds up to £80 for each filthy expectoration you do on the pavement. As part of a crackdown on littering, the scheme was trialled in February after two young ne-er do wells were caught and given an £80 spot fine. When they refused to pay, the fine went up to £300 each to pay legal costs.
The local authority has deemed spitting as ‘disgusting and socially unacceptable’ and it received complaints from residents, who were fed up of slipping in phlegm on their way to the shops.
Waltham Forest deputy leader Clyde Loakes said: ‘We are going after anti-social spitters who really irritate our residents by leaving piles of spit on streets and in bus shelters. It’s common decency. Hopefully we can eradicate this disgusting habit.’
But the fixed penalty has its critics, specifically the families of the prosecuted spitters, Khasheem Kiah Thomas, 18, of Hackney, east London, and Zilvinus Vitkas, of Ilford, Essex. 'It's a bit harsh,' said Thomas’ granny, Patricia Thomas.
She also said he was a ‘good child.' (despite the fact he’s currently residing at Feltham Prison and Young Offenders Institution awaiting sentence for robbery) and added: 'I personally think it is a disgusting thing to do, but I do see children and adults of all nationalities, young and old, spitting. That should mean everybody should get a fine.’