Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Bizarre Law

A woman was given a ticket for sitting on a park bench because she doesn’t have children. The Rivington Playground on Manhattan’s East Side has a small sign at the entrance that says adults are prohibited unless they are accompanied by a child. Forty-seven-year-old Sandra Catena says she didn’t see the sign when she sat down to wait for an arts festival to start. Two New York City police officers asked her if she was with a child. When she said no, they gave her a ticket that could bring a one thousand dollar fine and 90 days in jail.

The city parks department says the rule is designed to keep pedophiles out of city parks, but a parks spokesman told the Daily News that the department hoped police would use some common sense when enforcing the rule.

So basically single people who sit on park benches are assumed to be pedophiles unless they prove otherwise? What ever happend to innocent until proven guilty?

From this article via Finland for Thought