A New Zealand tourist learned the expensive way that discarded sunflower seed shells are considered littering in Winnipeg.
David Watt was driving last Thursday along the Moray Street Bridge and eating sunflower seeds, flicking the empty shells out of car, when he heard a police siren chirp.
Watt, who didn’t know why he was being stopped, handed over his license and said the officer asked him what he was doing in Winnipeg, “like I was a criminal or something.”
“He said, ‘Well, I pulled you over because you’re littering. You’re throwing things out of your sunroof. I said it was a sunflower seed and he said it doesn’t matter, it was litter.”
Watt was given a ticket for $175 for littering.
Is flicking a sunflower seed littering? Or do you think this was a frivolous charge?