In the video, which has been posted to Facebook, the 3GS officer told Sally-Ann Fricker failure to pay the fine could result in an appearance at a Magistrates Court and even a potential criminal conviction.Mrs Fricker told Somerset Live: “It was absolutely ridiculous, it was the end corner of the sausage roll.
“I just dropped it for the pigeons that were there, and he came out of nowhere, stuck a badge in my face and started reading me my rights.”
Mrs Fricker is seen explaining to the officer that the food had already been eaten by the pigeons but the 3GS representative was adamant that she had to be issued the fine.
Her daughter, Toni Bradley showed her anger at the decision by posting the clip to social media, while also warning other parents to watch what their children might be throwing out of their prams.
In an interview with the BBC, Ms Bradley said: “If she’d chucked the wrapper down then that would have been fair enough, but this was absolutely ridiculous, we were very upset and very shocked.”
The video has been shared over 1,000 times on social media, with many users showing their upset at the decision.
One commented: “Why can’t they concentrate on other issues. It’s a job I suppose, but come on, totally ridiculous.”
Private firm 3GS took over litter enforcement in Bath earlier this year to help reduce fly-tipping and littering in the city.
On their launch in February, Martin Jerrold, director of Red Snapper Group who oversee 3GS, reassured citizens that litter-police officials would be overzealous with handing out fines
Mr Jerrold had said that the toe-curling stories of citizens being fined for dropping crumbs was off-the-scale disproportionate and that the group would be concerned if that was to happen.
Liberal Democrat councillor for the area, David Wood, said that councils should be using common sense and has said the incident will be urgently reviewed to determine whether the action was proportionate.
But, 3GS Operations Director Gordon Brady backed the actions of his colleague, saying that the pigeons are a public nuisance and that notices were clear telling members of the public to not feed the birds.
3GS has been approached byExpress.co.ukfor further comment on the incident.