The Greek police in the city of Chania in Crete recently fined a destitute 61-year-old man for not wearing a face mask. The fine was €300. The man was going to Splantzia Square, where a local soup kitchen offers food to those in need.
Neighbors to the impoverished man described what had happened to the local Chaniotika Nea newspaper. Chaniotika Nea was the first to publish this report.
The man was allegedly holding his mask in his hands but was not wearing it when the police officers approached him.
It is noted that it is mandatory to wear face masks everywhere in Greece, both indoors and outdoors, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking to the local newspaper of Chania, the unfortunate man explained that he wouldn’t be able to pay the €300 fine. He and his wife live in extreme poverty, in a house that even lacks clean water and electricity.
Unfortunately, this is not the only incident where Greek police have fined needy individuals for not wearing masks or violating the curfew.
Earlier this year, police officers from Thessaloniki had fined a homeless man for not being at home, something that sparked nationwide outrage.