Spell it: no chewing gum or high heels… weird fines from around the world

Although speeding on the roads naturally carries a hefty penalty, there are several fines around the world that may not seem clear cut. Check out a few from our list below:

1. No chewing gum in Singapore

After some people consistently used chewing gum to vandalize the country’s rapid transit system — for example, sticking gum on subway doors so they wouldn’t open as quickly — the board of Housing and Development spent $150,000 (550,951 Dh) a year to clean up gum litter. Singapore finally banned all gum in 1992, and anyone importing, selling or manufacturing gum in Singapore can be fined and/or jailed, with the exception of nicotine and dental gums which offer therapeutic value.

2. Don’t feed the birds in Venice

Thousands of pigeons descended on St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy each day, hoping to grab a bite from one of the many tourists lounging outside cafes and restaurants. But due to the practice of tourists handing out food easily and attracting more flocks of birds to the area than it can handle, Venetian lawmakers officially proclaimed it illegal to feed the pigeons in 2008. If you are caught feeding them, you could incur fines of up to 700 euros (2,861 Dh)!

3. No high heels at the Acropolis

When packing for a trip to Greece, be sure to add apartments. The country banned high heels in the ancient citadel, the Acropolis of Athens, in 2009. The ban is in place to protect the ruins from damage caused by sharp stilettos. Since the ruins are over 2,500 years old, visitors should be respectful and wear soft-soled shoes when visiting.

4. No death without a funeral lot in Sarpourenx

In the French town of Sarpourenx, you cannot die within the city limits unless you already have a purchased burial plot from the local cemetery. The reason for this is that the cemetery in the area is so full that the mayor issued the ordinance in 2008. Hilariously, he added the sentence: “Vulliers will be severely punished”.

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