A Greek yiayia was hit recently with a 300-euro fine for not wearing a face mask and leaving home without sending an SMS message, as required by lockdown rules.
The incident, which caused an uproar in Greek social media, occurred in the central Greek town of Lamia.
The imposition of the fine led to the personal intervention by Minister of Finance Christos Staikouras, who contacted the general police director of the region of Fthiotida and the commander of the Lamia police department, demanding that the fine be written off.
The 80-year-old grandmother was also selling produce in the squares and streets of Lamia without a license. This was allegedly an added factor in the penalty imposed.
A life of pain
Speaking to LamiaReport.gr, the grandmother recounted the painful and dramatic story of her life.
She said that she had lost her children in three different traffic accidents — and later she lost one of her grandsons.
After the death of her grandson, the elderly woman was so distraught that she said she tried to end her life by taking pesticide.
However, authorities located her immediately and transported her to the hospital where after many days of treatment in the ICU, doctors managed to save her life.
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