Woman Fined £150 For Feeding Greggs Vegan Sausage Roll To Pigeons
Kerris Fenn, from Cardiff, was visiting her brother in Manchester when she sat down in Piccadilly Gardens to have lunch on Sunday 26 July.
Approached by a group of the 'sweet' looking birds, the 22-year-old decided to break the end into 'tiny' pieces to feed them. However, the moment was ruined when she was slapped with a £150 fine for littering.
Recounting the 'outrageous' moment, Kerris told the Manchester Evening News: "I was eating a Greggs Sausage Roll. It was less than a mouthful left, the pigeons had gathered around. I thought it was quite sweet. I just really like animals, I'm a vegan.
"I ripped it into tiny pieces. I tried feeding the crumbs to them. It was just a small group, not flocks and flocks.
"They charged me £120 ($157). It would have been more than £150 if I left it more than 10 days. It's outrageous. It's is crazy to treat me the same as someone who throws litter on the floor."
Kerris, a customer support for a media marketing company, contacted the council to complain but was told she 'would have to wait until my case proceeds to court', so she decided to pay the fine before it increased.
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Now she has vowed never to return to Piccadilly Gardens.
She said: "I contacted the council and explained 'this is crazy'. I said 'if you told me I would have stopped'. I was shocked.
"It's the most expensive lunch ever. I'm not going back, definitely not. I can't believe it.
"I'm still angry about it. It's upsetting how shocking it was, and how embarrassing it was - in front of so many people."
However, the council has stood by the fine.
Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, said: "Feeding the pigeons is littering, plain and simple. Clear signs are in place in Piccadilly Gardens to advertise this fact.
"While we take no pleasure in handing out Fixed Penalty Notices to offenders, it's extremely important that people understand that they should not be feeding the birds in this way.
"Illegally dropping food for the pigeons is bad for the local environment and can also be harmful to the birds, as many items intended for human consumption are not suitable for them to eat."
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