Couple posts 2019 vacation photos to Facebook, police fines them for violating the lockdown

Apr 14, 2020

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Couple posts 2019 vacation photos to Facebook, police fines them for violating the lockdown

Apr 14, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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I believe we all miss traveling at this point, considering that I’ve seen many people share photos from their last year’s vacations. But when an Australian couple recently did the same, it cost them a big, fat fine. They were mistakenly reported for violating the lockdown and reportedly ordered to pay $3,000 AUD (almost $2,000 USD).

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A Victorian couple has been fined more than $1,600 for posting an old travel photo. Is this fair? #9Today

Posted by TODAY on Monday, April 13, 2020

Earlier this month, Jazz and Garry Mott from Victoria shared photos of their vacation to Lakes Entrance. But Facebook “reactions” weren’t the only reactions they got. A few days later, the police reportedly showed up at their door. Jazz told Daily Mail that the officer just “handed her the fine and walked off.” After speaking with her husband, they figured out that the fine was related to the photos they’d shared a few days before.

The problem is that the photos were taken in June 2019, as Jazz explained. They lost track of them when moving home, but they recently found them on a hard drive and shared them with their friends. Fortunately, it seems that the fine was withdrawn after Jazz and Garry explained the situation to the police. After all, it’s easy to see the date when the photos were taken in the EXIF data. “I got a phone call from a Senior Sergeant at Traralgon police and he told me the fines had been revoked,” Jazz told Daily Mail. “Then he basically told me not to post any more photos while the lockdown is in place,” she added.

This case has raised concerns, making people wonder if the police are monitoring their social media. A Victoria Police spokesman addressed this issue in a statement to 7News. He said that the officers “are not specifically monitoring social media accounts” to identify lockdown breaches. “The police follow up and investigate the circumstances surrounding individual potential breaches reported by the public,” he added. So, it could be that someone reported Jazz and Garry to the police… but that’s just a guess.

Anyways, I keep seeing photos of my friends in other cities and countries on my Facebook timeline. They’re often shared via Facebook Memories, but sometimes people just post old photos. We are all nostalgic of the exciting places we visited before the coronavirus lockdown. So, if you want to share some of your old travel photos – make sure to point out that they’re old. Just in case.

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19 responses to “Couple posts 2019 vacation photos to Facebook, police fines them for violating the lockdown”

  1. Brian Lavigne Avatar
    Brian Lavigne

    well you can’t teach stupid!

  2. John Shark Avatar
    John Shark

    Hitler would be proud of where were heading. And he’d be very proud of Mark too..

  3. Jacob A. Allen Avatar
    Jacob A. Allen

    So the police where monitoring this random couples Facebook pages or was a so called friend really stupid and reported them.

    1. Jacob A. Allen Avatar
      Jacob A. Allen

      Helen Gee they been unfriended.

  4. rJ Avatar
    rJ

    Are the Australian police in competition with England for the most instrusive nanny police in the world?

    1. lewisfrancis Avatar
      lewisfrancis

      Article says the police only followup reports from the public, so you can blame busybody frenemies, instead. Not sure which is worse, though.

      1. Timothyf7 Avatar
        Timothyf7

        No… it’s 100% on the Police. Before they can fine you, it is THEIR responsibility to determine an offense has occurred. They obviously did not!

        1. lewisfrancis Avatar
          lewisfrancis

          Does seem like lazy police work, doesn’t it?

  5. Hugh Dom Avatar
    Hugh Dom

    Another reason to backup original files to show the record date. ??

    1. Tyler Ingram Avatar
      Tyler Ingram

      Hugh can easily modify the exif data to change the date to whatever you want ?

  6. Barbara Livieri Avatar
    Barbara Livieri

    So yeah, if you actually read the article you’ll see that they revoked the fine when they showed them that they were taken in 2019. And yes, someone reported them. Police aren’t monitoring everyone’s social media for rogue vacationers.

    Word to the wise, if you’re going to post photos of a vacation, not just fine art images, best to state when you took them or upset Big Brother. And this was in Australia.

  7. Wayne Peter Butler Avatar
    Wayne Peter Butler

    So thays actually weird , they refuse to close the borders but find them for going abroad, they thought

    1. Julian Cook Avatar
      Julian Cook

      Wayne Peter Butler they are from Victoria. Lakes entrance is in Victoria. They did not travel abroad.

  8. Jason Goodwin Avatar
    Jason Goodwin

    So dumb ?

  9. Rob Sklenar Avatar
    Rob Sklenar

    Fascinating story. So a mistake was made, it was corrected, and nothing happened. Its like the other night. I ordered takeout. When I got there the salsa was missing. They got some and put it in the bag.

  10. Arthur_P_Dent Avatar
    Arthur_P_Dent

    The cops shouldn’t be able to tell people not to post photos until after the lockdown.

  11. FrogLuvR Avatar
    FrogLuvR

    Funny how everyone want to be a policeman. I remember many years ago, riding my bicycle around a local park and taking photos along the way. Later, I stopped to talk with a park ranger who was sitting in his patrol car. He said to me with a laugh… “you do know people have been reporting you to the sheriff’s office for going around taking photos” I got a laugh out of that myself. Guess the sheriff was telling people that I had just as much a right as they do to enjoy the park. Anyway, you would think the Australian police would have been more attentive to people posting stuff online that would have been taken previous to the Wuhanvirus.

    1. Crimson Hikari Avatar
      Crimson Hikari

      Psst…it’s called coronavirus or CoVID-19.

  12. Crimson Hikari Avatar
    Crimson Hikari

    Rather than immediately fining someone, wouldn’t it have been better for one of the officers looking at the report to check with them first? Asking the people first would have caused a lot less trouble than straight-up handing out a fine and subsequently appearing incompetent for not simply asking the question ‘Could you please confirm when these images were taken?’

    Where I live is currently on lockdown, but I’ve been taking photos when I go for allowed walks for exercise, because I would have been taking them anyway. I just stay well away from people, and check where I’m going for the walk doesn’t have a lot of people.