The model who was slapped with a $2,664 fine for bringing a half-eaten Subway to Australia ‘deserved’ the ‘book thrown at her’ as the devastating disease creeps closer to home
- FMD fragments were detected in Melbourne but were not alive
- Agriculture Minister Murray Watt said customs fines were fair amid fears of foot and mouth disease
- Jessica Lee didn’t declare metro as she returned from Singapore
- Mr Watt said the fine of $2,664 she received was fair, with Customs ready to crack down
A politician has targeted a young model after he brought home a half-eaten Subway sandwich amid growing fears that foot-and-mouth disease could enter Australia.
Perth model Jessica Lee bought a foot-long Subway sandwich while in transit at Singapore airport last week on her way home from Greece.
However, when she arrived at Australian Customs at Perth International Airport, she did not realize that she would have to declare the chicken and lettuce that was on the sandwich, being fined £2. $664 for oblivion.
Jessica Lee, above, was slammed by Agriculture Minister Murray Watt for failing to declare her Tube sandwich to Australian customs as she returned from Greece
Agriculture Minister Senator Murray Watt told the ABC on Thursday morning that this was a major crackdown on customs laws by border forces and the young woman was no exception.
“The other day we saw a young woman being fined about $2,500 for bringing a half-eaten subway sandwich back into the country,” he said.
“It’s a pretty steep fine. That’s probably a lot more than the person paid for their plane tickets.
Mr Watt (above) said that although the fine was severe, it was important that people like Ms Lee be okay for breaking Australia’s customs laws amid growing fears that foot and mouth disease could spread spread in Australia.
Senator Watt said the government was prepared to ‘throw the book’ at people who do the wrong thing, and they would be punished if they endangered Australia’s biosecurity.
“Similarly, the example we had at Adelaide airport over the past few days, with someone bringing in beef that had foot-and-mouth disease virus fragments. Not the actual virus but fragments of it,” he said.
“There are big fines for people and people need to understand that we take this very seriously and will throw the book at people if they do the wrong thing.”
Ms Lee was fined $2,664 for failing to declare the chicken and lettuce on her Subway sandwich, which she bought in transit at Singapore airport
Ms Lee made a TikTok video after receiving her fine where she explained the oversight and said the fine came while she was unemployed and had rent owed.
“It’s my mistake but I bought a one-foot metro at Singapore airport because I was a starving girl after my 11 hour flight,” she said.
Fortunately, Subway came to the rescue on Tuesday by giving Ms Lee a gift card worth the same as her fines.
“Subway makes my fine worth every penny,” Ms Lee said in a TikTok video.
“Looking at the positives rather than the negatives always pays off.”
Ms Lee (above) received a $2,664 gift card from Subway which she says earned her a fine ‘worth every penny’
The gift card came with a playful letter from Subway saying it hopes the money will “cover all your chicken and lettuce needs.”
Australian border security is now on high alert after traces of foot-and-mouth disease and African swine flu were found in Melbourne.
Australia still remains free of both viruses as no living traces have been found.
However, the disease was recently detected in Bali which is a popular destination for Australian tourists.
New citric acid sanitizing mats are to be rolled out at all Australian international airports this week to help prevent the spread of foot and mouth disease on travelers’ shoes
All international airports will soon be equipped with hygienic mats containing a citric acid solution to help prevent travel sickness on tourists’ shoes.
Australia’s livestock industry is set to take an $80 billion hit over 10 years if foot-and-mouth disease were to spread.
The mats will be rolled out this week, from Darwin and Cairns airports.
Travelers to places where foot-and-mouth disease is present have been urged to consider taking “cheap shoes” which can be discarded when entering Australia.
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