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01-24-2006, 08:52 PM
Car driver formulates salad defense against littering fine

Associated Press
Published January 24, 2006

EASTON, Pa. -- A woman fined $173.50 for throwing salad greens out of her car says she'll appeal because they're not litter.

Dawn Higgins, 47, was cited Oct. 18 while parked outside a Wal-Mart in Lower Nazareth Township in eastern Pennsylvania.

"Lettuce comes from the ground, therefore it can go back into the ground," she said. "It's biodegradable. I didn't think I was doing anything wrong."

Higgins said she took her daughters and a friend to the store, and they stopped at a McDonald's along the way. She said she pulled into a parking space to finish her meal but decided not to eat the half-dozen or so leaves atop her salad.

After failing to appear in court Dec. 22, Higgins discovered she was convicted in absentia and owed the state $173.50.