The city council of a British community lost a nine-month legal battle to prosecute a man who accidentally dropped a piece of an orange peel. Luke Gutteridge was eating an orange and accidentally dropped a piece of the peel about the size of a dime. An enforcement officer for the city saw him and immediately accused him of littering and fined him. Gutteridge had already picked up the piece and thrown all of it away, apologized, but the officer refused to cancel the fine and told him he would be taken to court if he didn’t pay. Gutteridge took the challenge seriously because he had never even had a parking ticket and was determined to prove his innocence. He defended himself by arguing that littering is only an offence if there is proof the person intended to leave it. The judge agreed and as a result the Council had to pay the legal fees involved and used public money to do so. Gutterridge didn’t like the fact that public money was wasted on the case, and though he was upset, he said he would not pursue anything further. He said, “It was a waste of taxpayer’s money from the start. The council should pay the costs from its own pockets instead of expecting the taxpayers to pay for its own mess.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell.
Council loses nine-month legal battle with man who accidentally dropped orange peel, By Jessica Fleig, http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/council-loses-nine-month-legal-battle-6010953, Accessed July 6, 2015.
Psalm 26:6 (NKJV) (6) I will wash my hands in innocence; So I will go about Your altar, O LORD,