A grieving mother was fined recently for putting too many flowers on her daughter’s grave.
Emma Townsend found the fine notice on the headstone belonging to her daughter, Abigail, who died from a brain tumor in 2010.
The penalty notice reads, “Additional items are placed on this grave, which unfortunately do not comply with the cemetery guidelines. It is necessary to apply for a garden permit or the items will be removed.”
The note also informs mourners that they can purchase council permits if they want to place more than one set of flowers on a grave.
“I presumed it would be something nice, but as I walked over I saw it was a notice telling me the grave did not comply with cemetery rules,” Townsend said. “I was completely devastated. Whoever put it there surely still has humanity. They could see my daughter’s face in the tributes.”
She went on to add, “That place was sacred to the loved ones. The council have treated it like a car park.”
Other people have been fined for violations like having too many flower pots, and the “grief tax” ranges from $79 to $133 depend on grave size, The Inquisitr reported.
The Amber Valley Council, which oversees Alfreton Cemetery in Derbyshire where the permits were issued, defended their decision.
“When someone has a garden it makes it more difficult for the area to be maintained,” said a spokeswoman.