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Changing the Law to Match the Mistake on the Sign

If you don’t clean up your dog’s poop in North Hempstead, a community on Long Island, New York, you’ll face the possibility of a fine or imprisonment. But how much is the fine? The law says the fine is $25, but the signs say the fine is $250. It was a misprint. It would cost a lot of money for the small community to have all the signs changed, so they are considering raising the fine to match what the signs mistakenly say!

Community leaders have been considering raising the fine to what is actually posted. They want to do that instead of footing the bill for replacing hundreds of signs for a crime that is not easy to stop.

“It is hard to enforce, because you actually have to catch the dog in the act in order to give them a citation,” said North Hempstead town spokeswoman Carole Trottere.

The matter has yet to be decided. But a $250 fine may be a better deterrent, and a few violators might eventually raise enough money to actually replace the signs. However, if it works, there would be no reason to go back to the lower fine. -via Arbroath


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