A council warden drove a teenager to tears by fining her £75 for leaving an ice lolly stick on a wall.
GCSE student Sorrell Walsh, 16, had just finished the 95p Twister and discarded the stick when she spotted a friend and ran over to greet her in Manchester city centre.
However, the eagle-eyed warden, noticing the wooden stick had been left behind, immediately confronted her, and issued Walsh with the fine.
A Manchester City Council spokesman said: “Manchester has taken a zero tolerance approach against littering over the last few years and we will continue to do so.
“Individuals must take responsibility for helping to keep the city clean and not expect others to clear up after them. We have consistently shown that we will take action against individuals who flout the rules.”
However, while the council stated that Walsh could appeal against the fine, her father described the warden’s behaviour as “absolutely appalling”.
While up to 300 metric tonnes of rubbish is discarded on to streets each year costing Manchester City Council an estimated £8 million to clean, the teenager believes she was hard done by.
She said: “I offered to go and put it in the bin, but she said ‘It’s too late, you’ve just got yourself a £75 fine’. I was just shocked by her reaction and started crying. I always thought the wardens were there to make you feel more comfortable.”