The most extreme litter deterrent we've ever heard of

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has announced his plan to confiscate cars of those caught littering

By Joanna Rothkopf
Published July 30, 2014 3:01PM (EDT)
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Usually, disposing of your trash on the sidewalk will get you a slap on the wrist or, at worst, a minor fine. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has announced a new plan to crack down on litterbugs through a number of increasingly tough measures -- the most extreme of which is confiscating one's car.

The Guardian reports:

Recalling a recent trip to the rural area between Mogilev Oblast and Vitebsk Oblast, Lukashenko said he found the "most terrible treatment of farmland".

"I went to a most distant place. They have most terrible treatment of farmland there. They think it is far away and no one will see it. This is irresponsible," he said.

BeITA [the state-owned news agency] quoted the president as saying the attitude towards the farms was "disgusting" and showed an "I-couldn't-care-less attitude".

Lukashenko provided no further information regarding how the punishments would be decided, or for how long a citizen's car might be taken.

Does anyone else feel that this is a little too similar to being grounded? What's next, Lukashenko? No Internet for a month?

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