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French Baker Fined for Jam Usage

October 12, 1999

EPINAL, France (AP) _ A French baker who smeared jam on the handles of a car parked illegally in front of his shop was ordered to pay the owners of the vehicle $83, a court in this eastern French city said Tuesday.

The tourists, a couple from the Riviera city of Nice, had parked their car Feb. 13 in a spot reserved for deliveries.

The angry baker daubed the car handles with jam. Upon returning to the vehicle, the couple immediately reported the incident to police, showing their sticky hands as proof of their claim.

The baker was convicted of taking the law into his own hands and failing to report a traffic violation. The couple was fined $41 for illegal parking.

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