Weird Wrap: Alberta man gets stiff fine for texting at Tim Hortons

An Alberta man got more than he bargained for from police while waiting in line at a Tim Hortons drive-through.
An Alberta man got more than he bargained for from police while waiting in line at a Tim Hortons drive-through. (Photo: iStock)

Is this scenario familiar? You are in line at the drive-thru at Tim Hortons and texting your significant other, asking what they want you to pick up. Well, you may want to rethink that practice.

A Beaumont, Alta. man was fined almost $300 by police for distracted driving, because he was texting while waiting to give his order at the drive-thru.

A.J. Daoust was answering a text on his phone when he heard a knock on his car window. What happened next floored him. A police officer pulled him over and issued him a distracted driving ticket. However, the officer did at least allow him to get his coffee first.

Although this seems like a bad joke, the Alberta Highway Traffic Act forbids drivers from using hand-held devices and talking, texting or emailing while behind the wheel of a car. Still, police officers have discretion on whether or not to issue tickets.

Daoust has to pay the ticket by January 6, 2016.

Turtle smuggler expected to plead guilty

A Windsor, Ont. man who was caught trying to smuggle 51 turtles into Canada is likely going to plead guilty.

In August, when Kai Xiu was trying to return to Windsor, Ont. from Detroit, Mich., the Canada Border Services Agency stopped and searched him. They found 51 turtles on his person: 41 were strapped to his legs and 10 were concealed between his legs.

Authorities were tipped off to the turtle smuggling, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service received information from a courier company in Detroit.

Xiu was charged under American law as the turtles were smuggled from the U.S., and is expected to appear in a Michigan court next week to enter his plea.

Halifax man may lose beer bottle over heritage designation

Jon Crause, went scuba diving in near Halifax, N.S., last week and found a 125-year-old beer bottle during his excursion. The bottle appears to have been manufactured between 1872 and 1890, and shows markings of having been produced at the Alexander Keith Brewery.

Unfortunatley, Crause may have to forfeit his find to the government of Nova Scotia if the beer bottle is found to be a heritage object.

The law in Nova Scotia states that people are not allowed to look for archeological objects, but if they do find one, they’re supposed to notify the government.

Says Crouse: “I want to preserve it myself. But they probably have better knowledge than me."

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