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Woman Fined £200 For Driving 100 Miles For A McDonald's

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Woman Fined £200 For Driving 100 Miles For A McDonald's

A woman has been slapped with a £200 fine after driving 100-miles to McDonald's with her sister during lockdown.

The un-named motorist, who is in her 30s, drove from her home in Lincolnshire all the way to Scarborough on Saturday.

The journey meant she had to cross three counties to pick up the burger meal she was after.

When stopped by police, she was told she was breaching the current Covid-19 laws in England, and she was issued with a fixed penalty notice.

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Discussing the incident, Chief Inspector Rachel Wood, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "Driving through three counties to get a burger is not classed as essential travel.

Driving to McDonald's is not an essential journey (Credit: McDonald's)
Driving to McDonald's is not an essential journey (Credit: McDonald's)

"Most people in North Yorkshire are trying really hard to stop the spread of Covid in our communities and protect the vulnerable.

"When this pandemic is over, we know everyone's looking forward to going where they want, when they want

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"But in the meantime, I'd like to say thank you to everyone who continues to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives."

Currently, laws in England stipulate people can only leave the house for certain specified reasons.

'Reasonable excuses' include essential shopping trips, exercise, childcare and going to work, if it is not possible to work from home.

The Maccies trip cost the woman £200 (Credit: McDonald's)
The Maccies trip cost the woman £200 (Credit: McDonald's)
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People are also permitted to leave the house for medical reasons (assuming they are not isolating due to Covid-19), and they're allowed out if they are supporting vulnerable people.

This isn't the first fine handed out for un-necessary Maccies trips.

In fact, four people were caught travelling in the same car on their way to get a McDonald's breakfast last week, and were subsequently fined £800.

Police stopped the vehicle at around 5am on Wednesday morning in Bedford Road, Northampton.

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The occupants in the car claimed they were on their way to get a McDonald's breakfast - even though the fast food restaurant didn't open for another two hours.

Driving across three counties is in breach of Covid-19 laws (Credit: Shutterstock)
Driving across three counties is in breach of Covid-19 laws (Credit: Shutterstock)

Enquiries confirmed the four were not from the same household, so the journey breached lockdown rules which officially came into force at midnight of that day.

Their early-morning takeaway turned out way more expensive than planned when officers slapped them each with £200 fines.

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Anyone aged 18 or over can be fined £200 for a first offence - lowered to £100 if paid within 14 days - £400 for a second offence, then doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of £6,400.

Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock

Topics: lockdown, News, Life, Coronavirus, McDonald's

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