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.