Toulouse man fined €100 for giving alms to beggar

Toulouse man fined €100 for giving alms to beggar
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Despite a warning from the railway police that begging was prohibited, the traveler gave 70 centimes to the poor family.

Railroad police fined a Frenchman 100 euros for giving several centimes to a woman begging for alms at a Toulouse train station, radio France 3 Occitanie reports.

A passenger named Jeremy got a handful of change from a ticket machine when a beggar woman with a child approached him. Despite a warning from the railway police that begging was prohibited, the traveler gave 70 centimes to the poor family. One of the law enforcement officers imposed a 100-euro fine on the man.

Jeremy said that he would appeal the penalty and there was no way he would pay 100 euros for giving 70-centime alms. He also claims that the woman never asked him for money and he helped her voluntarily.

The French National Railways Company (SNCF) told France Presse that it was a "tactlessness" on law enforcement part. Railroad police are going to contact the passenger and cancel the fine.

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