A man left home after an argument with his wife and traveled 280 miles to dissolve Italy’s national curfew.
another man Strayed out of his quarantine room In Taiwan for eight seconds and attracted the attention of the authorities.
Still another drove 19 miles to butter chicken curry during a strict lockout and was caught by Australian police.
All those actions cost him thousands of dollars in penalties.
During the global epidemic, entire cities are locked up, heavily restricted and segregation travel fatigue, thousands of people have been fined, Or went to jail To ban coronavirus viruses that once prohibited normal activities.
Some have deliberately broken the rules Make a political statement. Others have Claimed they are immune From disease and the consequences of breaking those restrictions. Others have only been blown into the breaches because they clearly did not understand the rules or were acting in a moment of desperation.
“Everyone is working in a crazy world where our normal rational decision goes out the window,” said Robert Hoffman, a professor of economics at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. “An epidemic is a perfect storm.”
There are some unusual cases here.
Eight seconds + six stride = $ 3,550
In the port city of Kaohsiung, south of Taiwan, a migrant worker from the Philippines was caught on surveillance cameras stepping into the corridor of a hotel some time back when he was in quarantine in November.
Unknown person wanted to leave something outside the door of a friend, who was staying in the same hotel accordingly Central news agencyTaiwanese government agency citing health department.
In a video Clip that aired onlineThe man, wearing shorts and flip-flops, could be seen taking six lumbering strikes before walking between his room and his neighbor.
The breech cost him $ 3,550.
His behavior, economists say, shows a kind of “optimism bias” – humans underestimate their chances of getting into trouble.
Last month, nine foreign workers were caught in Taiwan, breaking government regulations, citing government data.
Taiwan was praised for its successful response to coronovirus, an effort led by Chen Chien-jin, An epidemiologist Who was the vice president until May. But in recent weeks, the island has seen an increase in cases imported from Indonesia on a large scale, temporarily stopping some migrant workers to enter and quarantine them on quarantine.
Economists say that punitive measures act as a deterrent to fines, but there is a limit to their effectiveness. Winning cooperation, he said, is a better defense.
Long way from home
After a heated argument with his wife, a man in Como, north of Italy, stepped outside his home for some air in November. Authorities found him a week later – when he walked 280 miles south of the coastal town of Fano, stuck in a national curfew.
He fined him 400 euros (about $ 485).
According to the 48-year-old unidentified man, walked about 40 miles per day Local news report. Police confirmed her story after contacting authorities in Como, where she was reported missing by the man’s wife. He told officers that he felt exhausted, but was given food and water by strangers on the way.
On social media, the Italians described the man as “Forest Gump” after the character of Tom Hanks in the 1994 film Who walks thousands of miles To clean his head.
Some said he deserved the fine, while others expressed relief that the debate was over. (Domestic violence rate Has increased worldwide During the epidemic, studies show.)
Italy, which gained world attention in March when the coronovirus hit, is fighting a second wave that is almost deadly. The country is also struggling Feeling of exhaustion and hopelessness.
“People are taking desperate measures; They are moving for excitement, ”said George Kemmanovic, an assistant professor of psychology at Georgetown University.
Referring to the man in Como, he said that in general, someone can walk around the neighborhood. “But now it is accumulated, accumulated, and he spoke,” he said.
A party – and a fine – fit for a prince
After Belgian prince Joachim landed in Spain in late May, he was to undergo quarantine and the country’s lockdown measures for 14 days.
Neither did he.
The 28-year-old prince, nephew of King Philip, flew from Madrid to Cordoba to meet his girlfriend. A few days later, the couple went to a house party attended by more than two dozen people, Reported to local news media.
They then tested positive for coronavirus.
Spain, which had one of Europe’s strictest lockdowns, fined more than a million people for thwarting those measures. It did not exempt the prince of Belgium from the hook for breaching the ban, paying him a € 10,400 fine (about $ 12,630).
“I would like to apologize for not respecting all the quarantine measures during my visit,” he said in a publicly released statement. “In these difficult moments, I didn’t mean to insult or insult anyone.”
Other public figures including singer Rita OraThe rapper Cardi B, reality TV star Kim Kardashian More models Kendall Jenner, Criticized during the epidemic for non-fictitious public forums, such as hosting large, mask-less gatherings.
Professor of Psychology Drs. “It is very difficult to live a life that is different from the rest of the people and don’t feel like the rules are not applicable to you,” Caymanovic said. But, he said that celebrities could use their power to encourage people to face restrictions: “They really do have power.”
‘I just had a craving for butter chicken’
In Melbourne, Australia – one of the world’s longest and tightest lockdowns – 48-year-old construction worker Noel Atkinson had a yearning.
So he dined at an Indian city restaurant about 20 miles from his home for butter chicken curry. But he did not find butter chicken. Subsequently, he was fined $ 1,230 when he was caught violating lockdown orders.
“I was just longing for it,” Mr. Atkinson said in an interview. “My mother was born in Ambala,” he added to the city in the north of India. “It reminds me of home.”
As an essential worker, Mr Atkinson was exempted from most coronavirus restrictions during the day in the state of Victoria. They reported that since they traveled more than twice the distance for work, they did not consider the drive to the city to be long or that they did not realize they would be in violation of the rules.
“I have to put my life at risk to go to work, but I can’t put my life at risk to risk it,” he said. “It’s a little unfair.”
The Australians tried before he was publicly recognized Prey His identity below. A restaurant offered to reimburse him for the trouble in curry.
The owner of Desi Dhaba, Amit Tuteja, the restaurant at which Mr. Atkinson planned to order his curry, said that while he did not condemn Mr. Atkinson’s antics, “he made a mistake, but I’m pretty sure he just Don’t know. “
“He is not the type who is a freelader; He is a hard worker, ”he said. “I told him, ‘Mate, for next year, may be butter chicken to your heart’s content.”