R. 10,000 fine for drinking beer in public

  • 18 Mar 2007 10:17:27 GMT

    Good to note that there are still some people around who refer to SL as Paradise!

  • 18 Mar 2007 14:11:21 GMT

    And what kind of punishment do you get for stealing foreign aid?

    .......perhaps national member of the parliment list!!!

  • 18 Mar 2007 18:05:52 GMT

    [Accordind to the new rules a travel who comes to colombo to spend time relaxing in his hotel can be fined too.]

    What happens in other countries when laws are broken? Don`t they get fined? Why this traveler do not smoke in the plane?

    Yes Sri Lanka has many other important issues but it doesn`t mean that one cannot ignore the law and allowed to break it with impunity even for smoking in areas designated for non smoking and drinking in Public.

    Smoking in cinema`s were prohibited decades ago ,but apparently people started to ignore the law and get bewildered when they are fined for breaking the law. I witnessed an incident in 70`s at Liberty cinema when a man was asked not to smoke in side the theater he stupidly said he had the right to do so because he bought a ticket.

  • 18 Mar 2007 22:28:32 GMT

    Australia is not the place for the Police Sergeant and the Judge. They will be miserable in Australia - because as Indians say - one has to drink beer to be Aussie

    Gaja Lakshmi Paramasivam from Australia

  • 18 Mar 2007 22:30:18 GMT

    Agreed with you Magha!

  • 18 Mar 2007 22:30:42 GMT

    Who is to fine Sri Lankan Airlines that serves beer publicly?

    Gaja Lakshmi Paramasivam from Australia

  • 18 Mar 2007 22:59:26 GMT

    Smoking and drinking in public places must be banned, but fining Rs.10000 is ridiculous! I think 2000 to 5000Rs for the first timers aren`t that bad.

  • 18 Mar 2007 23:54:36 GMT


    Point taken, but 10000 these days is nothing in SL, you can finish it in one shopping trip for groceries.

  • 19 Mar 2007 00:35:29 GMT


    i understand that , but you have to consider not everyone is like that. Although a person can afford to drink couple of beers and as being stupid drink in a public area but 10000 Rs can be his monthly salary. There is a big gap between rich and poor people in sri lanka. All im saying is they must be fined but not to that extent. They better off catch a drunk bus driver and fine him 10000.

  • 19 Mar 2007 02:34:00 GMT


    [one has to drink beer to be Aussie]

    Indeed! You have to booze to be a fair dinkum Aussie!

    PS- I personally don`t touch alcohol.