Grandmother Fined $1,500 For Selling Goldfish To Child

March 31, 2010  
Filed under Weird Stuff

“A British grandmother was heavily fined and electronically tagged for selling a goldfish to a child, triggering criticism Wednesday of over-zealous use of animal protection laws.

Pet shop owner Joan Higgins, 66, was fined 1,000 pounds (1,500 dollars, 1,120 euros) also given a dusk-to-dawn curfew for selling an animal to a person under the age of 16, but her 47-year-old son Mark — also ordered to do community service — slammed the ruling as a farce.
The pair were prosecuted after the local council sent a 14-year-old boy to buy a goldfish in a ‘sting’ operation following reports that their shop, Majors Pets, had sold a gerbil to a teenager with learning difficulties.”
I have no sympathy for the felonious grandmother, and her whining son. This dastardly duo belong behind bars, they’re lucky they got such a light sentence.
The old hag should have never sold a goldfish to a 14-year-old kid — for the sake of a couple of bucks she took the risk that the kid wanted the goldfish for heavens only knows what nefarious purpose.
The wicked granny and her no-good son should be put to work cleaning the kennels at the local human society. Maybe then they will learn their lesson, and not sell any animals to a child under 16-years-old.
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