A couple of weekends ago I went to the cricket with my brother, his girlfriend and a really good mate that I have known since before primary school. It was an awesome day, Australia won the game, it stormed with hail and we had great seats that kept us in the shade and out of the rain.
Anyway, I didn’t create this post to talk about how great of a day it was or how much fun we had. The point of this post is that when it was hailing some guy decided that he thought it was a good idea to jump the fence and run onto the ground. Now I can understand him wanting to experience being out in the middle of the Gabba cricket ground, but all throughout the day there were warnings about every 30 minutes saying that if you went onto the ground you would be taken to the police station and charged $8,000 for the privilege.
Now i’m not sure about you, but the idea of spending $8,000 just to get tackled by security in a hail storm doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. The way I see it, there are a couple of potential reasons why this guy decided to go on the ground:
- He is really rich and $8,000 is nothing to him.
- He was drunk as a skunk and wasn’t thinking about the consequences of his actions.
- He wanted to get onto TV and he thought that going onto the ground was his best bet.
No matter what his reasons, that is an expensive day out. Spending money on fines, let alone fines that are a conscious choice is a stupid waste of money. I mean I have been fined before for speeding and even disorderly conduct (J walking in Australia), and paying those fines hurt, but it wasn’t something I thought I was going to get done for and it wasn’t $8,000 worth of a fine either.
Have you ever been fined before? Would you run onto a field if the fine was $8,000?