A businessman in Finland is mighty peeved about a speeding fine he received the other day. Now I know what you’re thinking, I know – is this really news?
But the unfortunate fellow got slapped with a $77,000 fine for doing 103km an hour in an 80 zone. Seem a bit excessive?
As it turns out, Finland does things a little differently to the rest of the world when it comes to speeding penalties. Their policy is to fine you based on what you earn, rather than what speed you were going.
Unfortunately (and yet fortunately, in the big picture…) this Finnish businessman is successful enough to have earned a generous $9 million last year, and so the government concluded that charging 0.8% of his annual income was fair.
Needless to say, this irresponsible driver by the name of Reima Kuisla is pretty unhappy with this fine and has taken to his Facebook page to vent his frustration – because yes, rich Finnish businessmen enjoy an occasional Facebook rant too.
“Ten years ago, I wouldn’t have believed that I would seriously consider moving abroad,” he posted. “Finland is impossible to live in for certain kinds of people who have high incomes and wealth.”
This Facebook post has gone viral, and not just because of the shock that a person could actually legally receive a $77,000 speeding fine. Apparently, Finland’s less wealthy citizens are outraged that Mr. Kuisla is kicking up a stink about the fine.
“If you follow the rules, you won’t have to pay the fines” and “small fines won’t deter the rich” are some of the less explicit comments popping up on Facebook regarding the matter.
This isn’t the first time a rich Finnish person has been stung with such a hefty fine, but it’s certainly the first time in a while that their anger at the fine has sparked a viral discussion on whether this policy is a good idea or a terrible one!
What do you think? Is it right to adjust the speeding fines to suit the person’s income? Or should everyone pay the same penalty for speeding, regardless of whether they’re rich or poor?