Don't Do the Crime If You Can't Pay the Fine

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The cardboard box from Lynne Doyle's washing machine wouldn't fit in the recycling bin, so she wedged it in between two bins in Wickford, England, thinking workers would it up. But when environmental officials saw what she'd done, they tracked her down and threatened her with a £300 fine for not properly disposing of the box. That began a six-month legal battle that ended only when local officials dropped the charges after Doyle said she was willing to go to trial over the matter.