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DC Cops Drop Littering Ticket —for Toddler

But it wasn't easy for 2-year-old Harper Westover
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 4, 2016 7:33 AM CDT
DC Cops Drop Littering Ticket —for Toddler
A 2-year-old has gotten out of a littering ticket. And the label "VIOLATOR."   (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

(Newser) – City officials in Washington are tearing up a littering citation issued to a toddler, reports the AP. Harper Westover, age 2, received a "Notice of Violation" Thursday from the Department of Public Works, reports the Washington Post, with a $75 fine. Her mom, attorney Theresa Westover, also received a citation. She called a solid waste inspector who told her a city worker had found unopened envelopes with her name and Harper's name in an alley. Westover says the inspector refused to rescind Harper's ticket, even amid assurances that they're not a family of litterbugs.

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“The inspector’s response was there was a piece of trash in the alley with Harper’s name on it. I said, ‘I understand that, but she’s only 2 years old. Are you willing to rescind the ticket?’ She said ‘No,’?” Westover recalled. “They list Harper as a ‘violator.’ As a mom, it bothered me.” The case drew ridicule after Westover's husband, Chuck, posted about it online, notes the Post, complete with hashtag #FreeHarper. A Public Works official stopped by the family's home Friday just as Theresa Westover was about to do a TV interview. He said he would drop both tickets. (Read more littering stories.)

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