When Emma Townsend went to place flowers at her 7-year-old daughter’s gravesite, she was surprised to find a note attached to the headstone. Maybe it was a sympathetic note from another griever? Instead, it turned out to be an extremely unsympathetic gesture: she was being fined for putting too many flowers on her child’s grave. So much for buying roses by the dozen.
Townsend was just one of several people who were fined at the Alfreton Cemetery in Derbyshire, England, for doing exactly what people are supposed to do: leave flowers and other small tokens of remembrance.
According to the Inquisitr, “The penalty notice reads, ‘Additional items are placed on this grave, which unfortunately do not comply with the cemetery guidelines. It is necessary to apply for a garden permit or the items will be removed.’” Fines range from $79 to $133.
Those buried in the cemetery may be deceased, but apparently the Amber Valley Council who oversees the cemetery are the ones who are dead inside. Somewhat shockingly, they defended their decision, being quoted as saying, “When someone has a garden it makes it more difficult for the area to be maintained.”
You know, this whole thing could be avoided if people would just stop dying. The nerve of them!