The parents of a French teenage boy owe the French railway company SNCF €375, because their son was playing his music too loud in his earphones.
According to official reports, the boy was fined in May 2013. The reports state that he was about to exit the Reims train station when he got fined by a conductor. He told the boy he was breaking a national law before handing a receipt for €75. The teenager’s parents refused to pay the fine and took matters into court. SNCF claim that the boy was disturbing the peace and was breaking a 1942 law, according to which people are forbidden to use music instruments or devices in public waiting rooms, trains or platforms. Laurent Thomas, the boy’s father, claims that the boy was with earphones and that he was fined on a platform during rush hour on a busy train station, which made it impossible for him to disturb anybody with his music.
However, the SNCF are still standing behind their claim. The family now owes €375 to the country, but is still refusing to pay.