Earlier this month, Pat McHenry of Sarnia, Ontario took his 4-lb. dog, Molly, into the deserted parking lot of his apartment building so that Molly could relieve herself. The retired carpenter went the extra mile in terms of practicing social distancing by using the building’s empty stairwell (as opposed to the elevator) in order to avoid contact with other tenants.
So you can imagine how shocked and outraged Pat felt when he ascended the staircase with Molly only to discover that a pair of Sarnia Police officers were standing outside his apartment unit’s front door. And presto — just like that, he was presented with one of those $880 COVID-19 safety violation tickets. But for what possible reason?
I interviewed McHenry and then attempted to interview someone with the Sarnia Police Service (they declined.)
Sarnia police return to apartment with new ticket
But get this: apparently Sarnia’s cops didn’t like the idea that Sam had the temerity to go public with his complaint; the day after I visited Pat, two more cops went to McHenry’s apartment to deliver some “good news” as they called it — namely, the cops told Pat that the $880 ticket he had been issued had been cancelled. And then in the same breath the police told Pat they were instead issuing him a $1,255 ticket for allegedly violating the Quarantine Act!
This is beyond egregious — it’s downright vindictive.
Rebel News is helping Pat fight back
So it is we have engaged our legal eagle, Sam Goldstein, to take on Pat McHenry’s case via our Fight The Fines website. How is it possible that a senior walking his dog in the empty parking lot of his apartment building posed a threat to anyone? Indeed, what possible case does the state have here? It doesn’t make any sense.
We can’t wait for our day in court to fight this onerous and outrageous fine.
And hey, folks, if you feel as amped-up about this story as we do, please visit FightTheFines.com and kindly make a donation to cover Pat’s legal fees if you’re able to.
Thanks again for your continued support and generosity.