Toulouse man fined €100 for giving alms to beggar
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.