Have you every taken sand from a beach? What about a seashell or an interesting rock? I’d guess that most of you have done this at least once. Would you consider it a crime? I think that most of us would say NO!
A man is facing a hefty fine for stealing pebbles from a beach in Corwall, UK if he doesn’t return them!
The man will have to drive hundreds of miles back to Crackington Haven, Cornwall to return the pebbles he stole from the beach. If he doesn’t, he’ll face a fine of almost $1,300!
Fox News reports that there are “several signs warning the public that “stealing pebbles is illegal.” The signs were installed by the St. Gennys Parish Council.
Taking rocks from public beaches became illegal in the Coastal Protection Act of 1949 due to the environmental impact it could cause from “leaving the area exposed to erosion.”
After signs were installed warning people about the fines for stealing pebbles, people complained that they ruined the views on the beach. Due to this, the council removed two of the four signs.
In the end, if removing the pebbles causes so much harm to the environment, I could see the justification for the warning and fines to those who don’t follow the rules. What do you think?
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