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Paris Metro fines woman for walking wrong way






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A pregnant woman was given a 60-euro fine for walking the wrong way in the Paris Metro. Sixty euros is about $74. The woman said she took a shortcut to save some time on her journey. However, an inspector at the station caught her and immediately fined her. A spokesman for the Paris Metro said the woman correctly got a fine for not following the rules. He said the rules were to control the flow of people so everyone can quickly get to trains or out of stations. He added that there are many "walk this way" signs in the stations and they are easy to see.

Many social media users are angry. They say a pregnant woman should not be fined for not wanting to walk a long way. A passenger group said the fine was "completely stupid". It wants the rules to change. A woman on social media shared a similar story. She said: "I was the only person in the corridor when they stopped me. It's unacceptable." The Metro responded to complaints. It wrote: "I am sorry that this situation surprises you, but these are the current regulations. In the same way that if a car drives in a prohibited area, the car's driver...receives a fine."

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