Should yobs who spit in public be hit with a criminal record? We hear your views. (From News Shopper)
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Should yobs who spit in public be hit with a criminal record? We hear your views.
YOBS who spit in public can now be hit with a criminal record.
Magistrates upheld the council's decision to fine them and prosecuted the pair under anti-litter legislation.
They were each ordered to pay £300 in total, more than three times the original fine.
The landmark case now means other council's can follow suit.
Do you think magistrates were right to hand these two men a criminal record for spitting?
Reporters ARRON GUARD and ASHA PADHIAR asked shoppers whether they agree with the zero tolerance approach.
Ness Delrio, aged 40 of Standard Road in Downe said: "I remember learning in school that germs are spread that way so I agree with the fine and prosecution. You pay so much for parking fines why not spitting?"
Adam Cracknell, aged 22, of Oxhawth Crescent in Petts Wood said: "It’s not a nice thing to look at, I just don’t see the necessity of it. I guess it's an image thing where people want to look hard. As far as I’m aware it spreads diseases and is not a particularly nice habit. I think the fine is a good deterrent but people will still do it."
Denis Holton, aged 81, of Woodhurst Avenue in Petts Wood said: "It’s disgusting and it’s a good thing they’re getting to them - I'm glad they’re doing it."
Francis Gibbs, aged 36, from Streatham: "Spitting is disgusting. It spreads TB which we've eradicated in the UK and now it's coming back. It's just like when people pee in the street. Everyone who spits should be fined on the spot."
Gerald Yeowell, aged 70 of Willesley Road, Sidcup, said: "It's a dirty habit but a fine is out of order. If you spit when you're ill it's like a bit of litter falling out of your pocket. Kids do it a lot but there's no need to fine. Maybe give them a warning and tell them not to do it again, a fine is a bit heavy duty. Why not get road sweepers in and give them a job or something? It's just a way of making money really."
John King, aged 33, from Maidstone said: "It's not very nice but there shouldn't be a fine. A fine is a bit much. I don't notice it much or see many people spitting really."
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