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  Tuesday 1st April


Walking by Etihad Stadium, there was a man with a suit on but no shoes or socks.

He was on his knees looking into the stadium.

If he thinks that there really is a footy god, then he is in for a surprise.

That's a $0.55 fine for losing your shoes at 2 in the afternoon.

 
 

Thursday 10th April

Tristine. I fine you £27.91 for driving your car into the back of the one I was driving.

I was stationary as were the 4 cars in front of me.

Anyway ..... a) nobody was hurt b) it was your fault and c) it's not my car.

So we all move on.

 
 

Monday 14th April


I'm sitting here having my first cup of tea of the day and this troll kicked the table as she walked by spilling my tea.

She turned to look, shrugged and walked on.

That's a fine of £1.99 for not saying sorry plus an additional £0.54 for having two ugly children.

 
 

Monday 14th April

   

There is nothing wrong with having a picnic.

My issue is that you are sitting in the car park (photo 1) when if you walked 20 metres, you'd be in the grounds of Highclere Castle (photo 2) with beautiful lawns and views - huge gardens where others were sitting and having picnics and/or relaxing.

Your decision was weird enough to generate a £2.15 fine.

 
 

Wednesday 16th April


There was a brief period back in the early 1980s when it was tolerated if a chap wandered around with his sweater tied around his neck. But those days are long gone and such behaviours are suitably frowned upon nowadays.

Unless you are this knob in Barcelona who has gone a step further and buttoned up his cardigan - yes, cardigan - and tied it around his neck like it is a normal thing to do.

You sir, are an arse - an arse who I am fining €1.76.

 
 

Wednesday 16th April

   

I chose to sit on this open topped bus to enjoy the views of Barcelona - and lovely it was.

However, for some reason, you think that my view would be enhanced by having your hair in my face.

On this point, we have differing views. My view is that I am fining you €0.83.

 
 

Wednesday 16th April


We had been warned about the scallywags in Barcelona - the low-life's who would steal from you as quick as look at you.

We saw these scallywags that had been caught by the police.

I was expecting such sorts to look more villainous, but I suppose that would stop them being as effective.

Anyway, I was pleased to see that the Rozzers had got these maggots and I am fining them a straight €7.08 each for not caring about anyone else and doing their dastardly deeds without conscience.

 
 

Thursday 17th April


On the hop-on, hop-off bus again, there are limited rules to follow - you have your map and you have your headphones to listen to their commentary. Other than that, remain seated and use the front doors to go upstairs and the back stairs to come down.

This man is the matriarch of a family who would not follow the instructions regardless of how often the assistant told them.

I really don't like people who think that the rules that everyone else follows aren't applicable to them.

I am fining this arse €7.79 for him and his families bad behaviour.

 
 

Thursday 17th April

   

People (including myself) are happy to mock people who wear their pants low down and are amazed that people can walk and keep their trousers from falling down.

This woman has got around the 'gusset around the knees' issue by having a gusset just above her ankles. Since when did it become acceptable to walk around like this?

This ridiculous look generates a fine of €0.64.

 
 

Friday 18th April


I was going to fine a man for blatantly giving oral satisfaction to another man on the street.

On closer inspection, it was just an vigorous shoe-shine chap doing what he does - it was the angle that deceived.

 
 

Saturday 19th April


When I was in Paris in 2012, I was plagued by people singing, whistling or playing 'Those Were The Days' by Mary Hopkins. This resulted in fines each time.

A there I was having a nice meal in Barcelonetta when this chap came along to play some songs for to earn himself some money.

It was going well until he drifted into that dreaded song.

I am fining him the €2 (which is what I had given him when he had finished).

 
 

Saturday 19th April


Sitting at the table of a lovely restaurant enjoying fine food and the environment - a nice evening was being had.

Then, on the next table, this American girl and her boyfriend light up their cigarettes as though it was an acceptable action.

I know that in Spain it is allowed, but they were from the US where it isn't, so why would they not have the mind-set of considering the people around them? Because they were tossers - that's why.

So for that, I fine her the joint fee of €3.32.

 
 

Sunday 20th April


Oh to be in Barcelona with all the wonderful architecture and then heading into the Gothic area with all its atmospheric laneways, shops and views.

Then again, you could be these girls who spent about 10 minutes taking pictures of each other outside Starbucks.

For being as vacuous as this implies, I fine them each the sum of €0.66.

 
 

Sunday 20th April


I was shocked to see that a person could dress like this in a city with the class of Barcelona.

It is not acceptable anywhere.

A token fine of €0.37 as I shake my head.

 
 

Tuesday 22nd April


Relaxing in the lounge area of the hotel and reading my book, I was not expecting this girl to sit down and start browsing her phone while it played music out loud.

And she didn't seem to think that this might be an issue.

Think again you mole and pay the €1.19 noise pollution fine.

 
 

Tuesday 22nd April


Queueing can be a challenge in different countries where the culture around such activities varies, but really.

We were in the queue and the queue was easy to recognise and this chap just wandered up and stood next to us without any eye contact or anything are proceeded to shadow us step by step as the queue progressed before finally slipping in front of us for his victory.

Throughout the 6 or 7 minutes of queueing, he didn't open himself up to anyone and kept himself busy.

I am fining the cock €1.13.

 
 

Tuesday 22nd April


Upon taking my seat on the plane, it was apparent that there was somebody in the vicinity that had forgotten that deodorant exists for a reason.

As a result, there was a very bad smell that I discovered and it was emanating from the man sitting in the seat directly in front of me.

So what to do or what to say?

Being a repressed Englishman, I can't shout out, "Oi! You smelly bastard - go and have a wash, you pig" as that is apparently considered rude.

So I did the next best thing and sat there and said nothing.

Luckily, he kept his arms by his side so there wasn't much seepage after a while.

But still, I am fining him €0.89.

 
 

Thursday 24th April


So we're on the bus and a family (grandmother, grandfather, their daughter and their grand-daughter) get on board.

The Grandparents sat down and the daughter stood there and held her child.

And then the bus started off so another man got up so that the daughter could sit down. The grandfather thanked him.

Well .. how about you stand up and let your daughter sit with her child rather than expect a stranger to do it?

Why should somebody else have to do the right thing and you don't.

Unacceptable and a fine of $2.23 to you.

 
 

Saturday 26th April

Going on the night safari, there are trams that silently pull you around the grounds close to various areas where the animals feed and relax in the dark. They ask all people to stay quiet, remain seated, not to lean out the tram and not to use flash photography.

Zoo: fine number 1
The father of the family behind was standing up all the time and leaning out and actually got out at one stop to take a picture of his family - which is disturbing to the animals (and me). Fine of $1.12

Zoo: fine number 2
That man's wife and their kid made loads of screeching noises and animal impressions each time we came across animals - despite plenty of people asking and telling them to be quiet. Fine of $2.43

Zoo: fine number 3
As mentioned, we were told not to use flashes, but of course these were rules that didn't apply to some on these tossers and they kept being told to stop doing it - but kept doing it. Fine of $3.92

Zoo: fine number 4
And then the chap in front of me (see photo) made a phone call and sat there chatting to his mate in a not-quiet way - wanker. Fine of $2.14

 
 

Sunday 27th April


So there we were, recovering from the heat and sitting in the restaurant of our hotel with the fan next to us.

Then four people came in and sat at the next table and this woman reached over and turned the fan onto their table without saying a word - no "excuse me" or "may I?".

What a rude cow and then she started muttering to her friends and kept turning to look at us.

As you can see from the photo - looking at her was quite disturbing for us.

Anyway, the waiter came over and set the fan at a distance so that we could all benefit.

But still, the troll is being fined $4.44.

 
 
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