Australian authorities hit a couple with a stiff fine after the couple posted year-old vacation photos on Facebook.
Garry and Jaz Mott were looking through old photos at their home in Victoria when they decided to post some from a 2019 trip to a coastal town in eastern Victoria.
A few days after posting the photos, authorities showed up at the couple’s door and fined them $1,000 each, warning that if they “posted any more photos,” they would “be arrested,” according to the Independent.
Police said the couple’s decision to go “for a drive to Lakes Entrance” violated the country’s restrictions on non-essential travel.
The couple was fined for “failure to comply with a direction given to a person in the exercise of a power under an authorization given under section 199.”
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Jaz said the officer “just handed me the fine and walked off.”
Eventually, the police admitted the mistake and revoked the fines.
“This incident has been reviewed and the decision has been made to withdraw the infringement notice,” said a spokesperson for the Victoria Police Department. “On occasion, errors will be made however that is why a review process exists to ensure instances such as these are identified and rectified.”
The spokesperson also denied accusations that the department was stalking users online to determine if they were violating the country’s lockdown rules.
“Police are not specifically monitoring social media accounts to identify breaches of the Chief Health Officer directives,” the spokesperson said. “In general, police will follow up and investigate the circumstances surrounding individual potential breaches reported by the public.”