UK: Wallasey man ordered to pay £2,000 fine to remove mask just for 16 seconds


A man from Wallasey, United Kingdom disclosed that he was asked to pay a fine of £2,000 after taking his mask off inside a shop for “something like 16 seconds.”

Liverpool Echo reported that Christopher O’Toole entered the B&M store at the retail park in Prescot on February 27, 2021, wearing a face mask; however, he removed it briefly as he began to feel unwell.


While he was exiting the store, the police officers approached him and alleged his name for not wearing a mask inside the store. 

The incident occurred in February 2021, and as per the rules, individuals were required to wear face masks in stores. 

Emitting to the Liverpool Echo, Christopher O’Toole said that he had no problem with wearing mask rule in public places and urged that he had only shortly removed it as he was not feeling well. 

After a few days, Christopher O’Toole was dazed after receiving a letter from the ACRO Criminal Records Office summoning him to pay a fine of £100 sooner.

 In an email to the management, O’Toole demanded that he was not ready to pay the penalty for not wearing the mask for “something like 16 seconds.”

As per the news report, at the beginning of December, when Christopher O’Toole did not obtain a reply from authorities for months, the amount was expanded, and he was then told to pay a penalty of £2,000.


He had answered them in an email as it was a huge payment, and he would not have been able to pay it with his total earnings. After mailing, he was told that the case had been transferred to court without informing him. 

 O’Toole had to sign a statutory document to reveal that he was unaware of it. Now, Christopher has to appear in court over a fine case in February 2022.


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