Saturday, March 18, 2006

Don't try this at home, kids!

How to get fined millions of dollars and not have to pay.

First, have your product kill or maim people and get slapped with a "punitive" fine.

Then, don't pay the fine.

When a gasoline spill and fiery explosion killed three young people in Washington state, officials announced a record penalty against a gas pipeline company: $3 million to send the message that such tragedies "must never happen again."

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What happened next with these no-nonsense enforcement efforts? Not much. The pipeline tab was eventually reduced by 92 percent, the labs' assessments were waived as soon as they were issued, and the mine penalties largely went unpaid.

You know what happens if you don't pay a government fine? They put a lien on your fucking house and garnish your fucking wages!

GAH! I shouldn't have seen "V for Vendetta." Now I want to blow shit up.