Dublin bicycle shop hit with €150 fine after children stuck up poster advertising bike wash

UPDATE: Council to write off litter fine for children’s bicycle wash sign (14/6/2018)

A family-run Dublin bicycle shop was hit with a €150 fine this morning after the owner’s children put up a poster advertising a bicycle wash outside the shop on Saturday.

Astrid Fitzpatrick, who runs the Dutch Bicycle Shop with her husband Frank, arrived into work this morning with the €150 fine in their post with photographs taken on Sunday of the poster.

Astrid said: “It is ridiculous, those awful yes/no posters we had to look at them for weeks, they got 5 days notice.”

It’s not clear if a litter warden or a member of the public took the photographs, but Astrid said whoever took the photographs, it should have been obvious it was drawn by a child.

“Erin made just over a tenner on the day, and we get hit with a €150 bill,” she added.

“I am not going to get cross with the kids, at least hey are being inventive, doing something useful instead of staring at a screen at home. They have to keep coming more [to the shop] often over the summer, and I don’t want them to get bored. Rather have them excited for earning some ice cream money.”

After publication we contacted Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for comment — if they reply this article will be updated.

I am editor of IrishCycle.com and have reported on and commented on cycling in Ireland for over a decade. My background is in journalism -- I have a BA in Journalism from DCU and HDip in Print Journalism from BCFE. I wrote about cycling for national newspapers, and then started CyclingInDublin.com for overflow stories. Later the website was re-branded to reflect a more national focus.

12 Comments

  1. English language has a precise word for that Police action: petty-minded. I personally would not pay this and wait for prosecution all the way till the High Court…

  2. Oh for goodness sake! I would have thought that any public servant would be ashamed to put his/her name to such a notice.

  3. Can children be fined under this law? If children put that sign up without the knowledge of the parents (even if the parents were aware of the bike-wash itself, then who’s responsible? Surely the parents aren’t responsible for ‘criminal’ behavior of underage children? Or can they?

  4. Petty and thoughtless best describes this proposed fine, while at the same time cigarette butts abound on the pavements everywhere. Penalising kids for thsi kind of entrepeneurial action is CRAZY! I hope Astrid appeals and does not pay!

  5. Wait they fined you for the sign?

    Can i add a crayon sign indicating the civic office on the quay and hope they fine themselves?

  6. €3 for a bike wash? Where do I go?! Hope your kids get loads of ice-cream money out of this

  7. Typical idiot bureaucracy that has this country the way it is. Total shower of cabbages.

  8. Pay the fine, put it down to experience and move on. Don’t be swayed into going to court – whether you win or lose, it’ll cost you thousands in time and fees.

  9. That’s a higher fine than a driver faces under the FCN system for parking in a cycle track during its period of operation. Or come to think of it it’s higher than any of the array of FCN fines! Cheapest is €60 and highest €80.

  10. What a pathetic and humourless response to a very minor transgression .
    Clearly Dlrcoco are really hard up for money, something useful to do, or both.
    A quiet word in the ear of the parents would have been a perfectly reasonable solution to this “problem”.
    Get a grip Dlrcoco!

  11. Whete in the world could you buy this publicity or advertising for €150. You should be thanking your local council for this ” unintended consequence ” . Pedal Power forever…

  12. You should thank your local council for this. €150 for national advertising, cheap at twice the price. The law of unintended consequence applies. Buy this children IceCream all summer long.

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