On the very same day Copenhagenize, posts this wonderful photo above (calling it “Classic” Copenhagen), the San Francisco Chronicle reports that police are writing $220 tickets for the very same “offense” in Berkeley:
Citations are up only slightly this year over last, and the fine is just a touch higher, but students have reached the boiling point. “I was very, very angry,” Allegro said. “I could have avoided that by being a strictly law-abiding citizen, but who would have thought? I assumed it’d be like $30. Or $50 max. I support myself with scholarships and financial aid, so $220 is food for two weeks.”
As the article notes, $220 is the same penalty as a speeding ticket, or for hauling large quantities of radioactive materials without a permit.