Friday, May 1, 2015

91-year-old fined after complaint about noisy rocking chair - Update

An elderly Quebec woman was slapped with a $148 fine after a neighbour called police to report she was making too much noise with her rocking chair.

Police were called to the 91-year-old woman’s apartment in Saguenay, Que., a town approximately 200 kilometres north of Quebec City, on the evening of April 17.
A neighbour reported there was excessive noise coming from the woman’s home at approximately 8:45 p.m.

Yvette Vachon had been watching television in her rocking chair, and was told by police she was making too much noise with the chair. Saguenay police spokesperson Bruno Cormier told that the officer gave her a $148 ticket for violating the city’s excessive noise bylaw, which applies to anyone “shouting, swearing or behaving in a way to annoy the neighbours or passersby.” Vachon’s ticket covers a $100 fine, plus a standard $48 administrative fee.
Police said it was the first time any complaint had been made against the woman.
Police in Saquenay, Que. dropped charges Friday against an elderly woman who had been fined $148 for making too much noise with her rocking chair. By Friday afternoon, after the story had made headlines across the country, police had withdrawn the charges. Vachon said she was relieved with the decision.
"Ever since it started, I've been troubled by that (and) what was going to happen because of all that foolishness," Vachon told The Canadian Press on Friday. She explained that the noise occurred when she used her feet to close her La-Z-Boy-style chair.

"I feel very good because I can now sleep and get some rest," she said after learning that the fine would be dropped. "Before, I was unhappy and now I am happy."