A Saudi municipality has asked an ageing man to pay a fine of SR163,000 ($43,500) for building a petrol station decades ago before the municipality itself was created, a newspaper in the Gulf Kingdom reported on Wednesday.
The unnamed man said he had received an order from the municipality in the western town of Taif to pay the fine for building the pump without licence.
“I built my petrol station decades ago in a remote area near Taif before this municipality was established,” he told Sabq Arabic language daily.
“I don’t understand why they now want me to pay this fine…this station is the only source of living for me and many of my children…several government agencies deal with my station…I call on the authorities to exempt me from this fine which has made my health worse.”
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