Is it possible to be too nice? That’s an easy question in a place like New York City. You hold the door open for someone and everyone stares at you like you just walked on water.
But in Canada, the land of politeness, it doesn’t seem like there is a limit. That’s clearly not the case, though. A man named Tommy Boucher from Montreal was standing inside the Jean-Talon Metro station earlier this month wearing his favorite “free hugs” t-shirt.
He had his arms opened wide, waiting for someone to take his offer. It’s something he’s been doing for over a year now, and he’s never had any problems.
That all changed at the metro station. He was approached by two STM inspectors, and they asked him if he had a permit. Boucher was shocked and replied, “Which permit?”
The two inspectors began searching their little booklets trying to find something that applied. Eventually, they told him he was going to be fined $101 for contravening Rule 17, subsection II of the section VIII of law R-036.
According to Global News, the law stipulates:
“In a Metro station, after obtaining the authorisation of the Société, it is permitted to offer for sale or lease services or merchandise, or to exhibit or distribute such services or merchandise, subject to the other restrictions in the present By-law. Under any other circumstance or in any other place, such activities are forbidden.”
And obviously, since his shirt didn’t say “Hugs for lease,” Boucher plans to fight this fine, and he’s going to continue giving out free hugs.
Because being nice is cool. Don’t ever forget it.