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Canadian Mom Fined for Letting Grandparents Babysit Kids While She Went Grocery Shopping

"She was charged with violating the Reopening Ontario Act."

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A mom who dropped her kids off at their grandparents' house so she wouldn't have to drag them into the grocery store during COVID-19 has been fined $880.

Natasha Kohl is a mom of four in Simcoe, Ontario (population 13,922). Last week—on her birthday—she left three of her kids with family members so she could go buy food. Even under Ontario's lockdown orders, parents are allowed to access childcare.

The National Post reports that when Kohl came back from her shopping trip, her kids were happily eating pizza with their cousins, uncle, and grandparents. Kohl joined them, then she and the kids headed home.

As she was driving away, a cop car turned on its lights and made Kohl pull over. The policeman informed her that there had been complaints about "high traffic" at the grandparents' house. He handed her a ticket for failing to comply with the Reopening Ontario Act.

A press release from the Ontario Provincial Police Norfolk County detachment said, "It was determined that police were contacted after several people were seen at the residence. Officers attending the area subsequently stopped a vehicle seen leaving and conducted an investigation."

Kohl assumes that some neighbor must have complained about either the kids running around, or the wild craziness of a couple of drop-offs and pick-ups. But since when are cops in the business of turning cranky neighbors' complaints into $880 fines?

While obtaining or providing childcare is allowed under Ontario's stay-at-home orders, Derek Rogers, media relations coordinator for the OPP's west region office, disputed that Kohl was charged for dropping off her kids at their grandparents' house.

"She was charged with violating the Reopening Ontario Act," he said.

Oh. That makes things so much clearer.

Look, we are in the middle of a pandemic. Kohl had to quit her job to take care of the kids. Now she's got no job, no legal way to drop her kids off at her in-laws, and a fine on top if it all. Making it harder for a normal mom to do normal things in an abnormal era isn't making anyone safer.

Kohl plans to fight the ticket in court. Thankfully, an attorney has offered to represent her for free.

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  3. If it saves one life…..

    1. Indeed. An $880 fine? These sociopaths won’t stop their dangerous irresponsible behavior until an example is made, and that requires hard prison time.

      1. Luckily is was 880 in Canadian Dollars, not real dollars.

        Still doesn’t make it right.

  4. Fucking neighbors. Never buy or rent in a neighborhood with potential Karens. Heck, if they even look middle class White just stay the fuck away, just to be safe. You don’t see Black or Latina moms doing this shit.

    1. Switch the races and tell me if that comment sounds reasonable.

    2. That’s because the Black and Latina moms know the cops will come in shooting and it’s just a question of the body count. They’ll only call in on houses at least two blocks away.

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  8. “But since when are cops in the business of turning cranky neighbors’ complaints into $880 fines?”

    I’ve lived in suburbia my whole life, and this has always been cops’ business

  9. We must destroy people’s lives to save them.

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  11. Needs to be calling the cops on every little thing the neighbors do. Fuck Karens.

  12. Unfortunately, she does not live in a free country. Does taking the kids to the store make any better sense?

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  13. What she should have done is ask her parents to go shopping for her while she stayed home and watched the kids, so her parents could be exposed to hundreds of strangers and get COVID.

    1. Parent. Only one of you is allowed to be in the store.

  14. Much better, and safer for Karen, to let the damn kids starve.

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  24. We are in the middle of a pandemic that targets the elderly. She did not drop her kids off to their grandparents for child care, she took them to a family pizza party. We have seen that these gatherings are recipes for super spreader events that could have killed her parents. She deserves the fine.

    1. Satire or loony? It is getting really hard to tell.

      1. Evil.

    2. You know who really doesn’t deserve any trouble?

      Antifa.

    3. Fuck off, slaver.

  25. It’s called “gotcha taxation”. Hefty fines for minor events.

  26. She can easily afford it. Without in-person hockey and the related cost of shitty Moosehead beer, aren’t all Canucks saving thousands, eh?

  27. And Canada wants the Keystone pipeline opened> can’t quite figure out the left!!!

    1. Alberta desperately wants they Keystone pipeline opened. Quebec would be delighted if it’s forbidden forever because fuck Alberta. Trudeau pretends he’s for it, but continuously works against it.

      This is going to eventually bite Quebec in the ass, because Alberta is basically funding their healthcare system, but the Quebecois aren’t known for their sober reasoning.

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    2. The keystone pipeline is a boondoggle to bypass the northern American refineries and send the crappy low quality crude south.

      Ultimately only the Canadians will benefit from this.

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  28. Lucky they were in Canada where the authoritarianism is kinder and gentler.

    Here they would’ve kicked in the door, shot the dog, and butt-stroked Grandpa with a shotgun when he tried to protest. Then, the kids would have been sent to the CPS gulag until the mother publicly repented and paid the appropriate fines and user fees.

    1. AND the fucking attorney’s fees. Can’t forget the fucking lawyers.

    2. And don’t forget the kids getting raped and killed by their foster parents while the CPS investigates the real parents’ car parking habits.

  29. Canadians are pussies.

    1. i got $20 says she talked to the cops and gave them the rope to hang herself. people…DO NOT GIVE STATEMENTS TO COPS. just remain silent…they are not your friend.

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  31. “But since when are cops in the business of turning cranky neighbors’ complaints into $880 fines?”

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    1. Living in 1782, apparently.

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  35. What kind of irresponsible grandparent gives the grandchildren pizza?? It’s not even dinner time! It’s a slippery slope. Next thing you know it will be cookies and ice cream.

  36. That is insane and certainly not fair!

  37. “She was charged with violating the Reopening Ontario Act”

    So … she did something to close Ontario? Like what?

  38. We just elected the same crackpots to a majority in congress.

    1. Look for a lot more of this if you keep electing progtard Karen’s. Despite their “good” intentions, these laws are/will be used mostly against people of color.

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