So Trey gets a $75 fine for running a red light and endangering the lives of innocent babies, yet my mom gets fined $250 for smoking. She was in Bailey’s 1st & 10, on Mockingbird, enjoying the company of her cohorts — and, yes, smoking. I’ve tried for years to get her to quit. I’ve give up. I take solace in the knowledge that the cancer will likely kill her before her mind goes and she becomes yet another reason I can’t play golf as much as I’d like. Anyhoo, there she is, smoking, when the smoking Nazis bust down the door, throw her to the floor, water-board her, and then hand her a $250 ticket. Okay, I made all that up except for the part about the ticket.
The question is: does she have any recourse? She, like Trey, was guilty. No question. But $250 is a lot for a teacher to pay to smoke.