ROTHENBURGER – Here’s one party host who didn’t play his cards right

SOME GUY IN PINEVIEW VALLEY is more than three thousand dollars poorer today and I don’t feel at all sorry for him.

For those who missed the story yesterday, police were called to a home on Hugh Allan Drive about 1 a.m. Friday to break up an illegal card game. Those flashing lights outside were on a police cruiser, not a Christmas tree. Inside, RCMP found an “allegedly very uncooperative” host who was entertaining nine others.

The 37-year-old home owner ended up being fined $2,300 for contravening the order on gatherings and events, and $230 each for failure to comply with directions from an enforcement officer, promoting or encouraging attendance at a non-compliant gathering, and abusive or belligerent behaviour.

A poker party host having to cash in his chips and fork over three grand to the law is delicious enough in its irony that even the RCMP couldn’t resist a play on words in their news release.


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4 Comments on ROTHENBURGER – Here’s one party host who didn’t play his cards right

  1. Ian MacKenzie // November 23, 2020 at 2:31 PM // Reply

    I’m for that too, Pierre.

  2. I think each of his guests should be fined also . It’s not like they didn’t know the regulations about COVID gatherings.

  3. Ian MacKenzie // November 21, 2020 at 11:35 AM // Reply

    You’re dead on, Mel. In addition to the consequences listed above I would enact the following:
    1. Increase the fine to a minimum of $10,000, to be paid within 1 week.
    2. Give the guy an option to #1. He has the choice to choose between that and a $100/day jail term until $10,000 has been paid (that would be 100 days).

    I hope he chooses the first, because as a taxpayer, I don’t wish to subsidize the costs of his incarceration.

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