76-year-old Boston resident Lorraine Walsh was hit with a $200 fine for failing to shovel snow and ice from the sidewalk in front of her house.
On Saturday, the city of Boston issued 500 individual monetary fines to residents who failed to clear out impeding snow from their sidewalks, including Walsh. While the fine is usually $50 for homeowners, Walsh’s was a triple-digit penalty since her brother runs an insurance office out of their home.
“I flat out can’t imagine a 76-year-old trying to break up that ice, and then to read that she received a $200 ticket didn’t sit well with me,” said Christian Galvin, a fellow Boston resident who offered to pay for Walsh’s fine if she’s not victorious in an appeal.
In a statement to the Boston Herald, the unrelated Mayor Martin J. Walsh said the city would work to fix the situation with the elderly resident:
“I’m sure they’ll take into account all the circumstances around that. I feel bad. She can appeal the ticket. She’s an elderly person, so I want to make sure that we’re not putting a burden on an elderly person that can’t do it.”
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