In a recent turn of events that has netizens talking, Twinkling Watermelon actor Choi Hyun-Wook has been fined by the Gangnam District Office for the improper disposal of a cigarette butt. The incident, captured on video, not only raises questions about the actor’s public conduct … It also puts a spotlight on South Korea’s stringent waste management laws.
South Korea legally requires designated smoking areas and bins for cigarette butts to prevent litter and fire risks.
Choi Hyun Wook’s failure to adhere to these regulations led to swift action from the Gangnam District Office.
On October 12, 2023, a representative from the Gangnam District Office confirmed that there was enough evidence in the video to substantiate that Choi Hyun-Wook had “Violated Article 8 Paragraph 1 of the Waste Management Act.” The authorities imposed a fine on the actor as a result.
Following the video’s viral spread, several civil suits were filed, prompting the Gangnam District Office to conduct an investigation. The outcome? A fine of ₩50,000 KRW (approximately US$37.40) was levied against Choi Hyun-Wook for the illegal disposal of small waste items, including cigarette butts and tissues.
This incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of adhering to waste management laws, not just for public figures but for everyone. It also opens up a dialogue about the effectiveness and enforcement of such laws in South Korea.
For more details on the initial case, you can read HERE.
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