A pregnant woman in Maspeth, NY let her dog out to relieve herself and sat on the front stoop before picking it up. Keep in mind she is nine days overdue, which would lead me to believe bending down to pick up poo cannot be an easy feat. Bending down to pick up anything can’t be easy.
A Sanitation Department agent saw that she didn’t pick up after her dog and slapped her with a summons. She told the agent that she had just been sitting on the front stoop for a minute before getting up to go get a tissue to clean it up.
Here are the details from the NY Daily News.
She was approached by the officer about 10:30 a.m., minutes after her black mutt, Kimmy, pooped on a grassy patch in front of her father’s house, where she lives. Fernbacker was waiting for a ride to school.
“I told [the agent] I was going inside to get a tissue,” she said. “And he told me it didn’t matter.”
The officer asked Fernbacker to get her ID as he wrote the ticket up. The summons states that she “made no attempt to remove dog feces in a legal manner.”
Alicia Fernbacker is only 19-years-old, a full-time student at Queensborough Community College, and her husband may soon be deployed to Afghanistan. The $250 fine is a major hardship. She is going to try and fight the ticket, a court date has been scheduled in October.
It’s very easy to feel sorry for Fernbacker, but legally she did leave the poo on the grass. I will take her on her word that she was just sitting a minute to catch her breath and that she was going to pick it up. However, it still comes down to the fact that it wasn’t done immediately, how was the sanitation agent supposed to know she would do it? Going to do something and actually doing it are two very different things.
Do you think she should have been given the chance to pick up the poo? Or, she broke the law and deserved the fine? Give me a bark.