An Ottawa man felt as though he had been robbed after leaving his car unlocked in Gatineau, Quebec.
Even though no one had taken advantage of his lapse.
His robber had been an overzealous system determined to keep people safe from themselves.
David Carriere had just left his car and walked into a restaurant, when he realized his error.
When he returned to lock up, he was greeted by a man in uniform he had already seen checking up on the cars while inside the restaurant.
The man in uniform turned out to be a police officer, who confirmed that he was fining him $52 for leaving his car unlocked.
The fine is sanctioned by Quebec Law.
According to Quebec's Highway Safety Code, “No person may leave unattended a road vehicle that is in his custody without previously removing the ignition key and locking the doors.”
Carriere is unsure whether he'll fight the ticket.
If he loses, he'll have to pay another $89 in court.