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Cigarette butts burn hole in pocket
January 22, 2015, 5:25 pm

He routinely threw cigarette butts out his Singapore apartment window, and was caught in the act 34 times, but his terrible butt habit has now kicked him in the behind — figuratively.

A Singapore man has been fined a hefty 19,800 Singapore dollars ($14,776) and sentenced to five hours of corrective work for high-rise littering, Xinhua reported.

It is believed to be the highest fine till date for the high-rise littering in Singapore, the National Environment Agency said on Wednesday. The agency said it received five instances of feedback on high-rise littering at a block between June 2013 and June 2014. The littering persisted despite repeated educational rounds by the town council and stake-outs by officers from the agency.

The agency then deployed a surveillance camera in November 2013 and March 2014, which revealed 34 acts of butt-throwing and littering by the 38-year-old man — resulting in his being slapped with a hefty fine.

The agency said it received 2,500 instances of high-rise littering in 2014, deployed cameras at close to 600 locations and took 206 enforcement actions against people.

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