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$8,000 for Posting a Selfie? Photographer Breaches Quarantine Laws and Incurs Massive Fine

$8,000 for Posting a Selfie? Photographer Breaches Quarantine Laws and Incurs Massive Fine

A photographer in the United Kingdom has been ordered to pay a fine of more than $8,000 after posting a selfie to Instagram which proved that she had broken quarantine laws.

Carys Ingram who describes herself as a fashion, events, and wedding photographer had flown from Manchester, England to the island of Jersey. Upon arrival, she was then legally obliged to remain in quarantine until receiving a second negative test five days after her return. It emerged in court that Ingram had left her home repeatedly in order to go shopping and to a restaurant.

As reported by The Independent, Ingram posted a selfie to her Instagram of her trip to the El Tico restaurant in St Oen’s Bay. Authorities had attempted to contact Miss Ingram during her isolation but were not able to make contact, and the selfie was used as proof that she was ignoring quarantine regulations.

For her two breaches, Ingram was given the choice of six months in prison or a fine of £6,600 ($8,625), opting for the latter.

It later emerged that one of the passengers on the same flight as Ingram had tested positive for Covid-19.

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Peter Mueller's picture


"Look at me!" "Look at me!" Look at me!"


Michael Kormos's picture

Unfortunately, this is the world we live in nowadays. Look at any Tik Tok or Instagram influencer. It's a "look at me" society. And with numeric likes and thumbs-up, it's easy to quantify one's "look at me" score vs. others. Social Media prays on our most basic instincts, even if it means doing, rather stupid things, as illustrated in this article.

T Van's picture

This is why the world can't have nice things right now....The shallow end of the pool is dragging us all under.

Jim Bolen's picture

You're not kidding. These idiots really piss me off.

Jim Bolen's picture

Yep- the 'look at me' generation. I'm sure she'll have an online campaign to have people help her pay for it.

Jim Cutler's picture

Amen. It's non stop "look at how cool I am" and "how important I am". Do we really need to have you post your dessert?

Edward Crim's picture

Guilty of spreading the flu - until proven innocent.

T Van's picture

If someone is so self centered that they have no regard for the safety of others during a Pandemic, they deserve all the shame we can heap on them. A million people dead from this in less than a year. It isn't the flu.

Kurt Hummel's picture

7,600,000,000 people on earth 45,000,000 infected 1,200,000 dead. 1.2 million is a insignificant percentage in the overall number of people over a ten month period. If it’s you or a loved one it sucks for you, but again insignificant in the big picture. We all will die at some point, don’t worry about it and live life to the fullest every day.

T Van's picture

You're not a statistician are you? You're incorrect. That is actually a significant number. But very nice of you to be willing to sacrifice millions of people so you can continue to live your life normally.

Kurt Hummel's picture

7.6 billion people 1.2 million deaths worldwide .02% of the population. If your weight went up .02% percent you wouldn't notice if your boss gave you a .02% pay raise you wouldn't notice.
According to the 2017 world mortality report by the UN in 2015 there was 56.567 million deaths, that works out to 155,224 people a day died. Averaging a 30 day month for 10 months that's 46,567,200 deaths.
Again if you or a loved one died from covid that sucks for you but in the big picture the numbers are insignificant.

T Van's picture

Actuary would disagree with that. You don't understand what statistically significant is based on do you?

T Van's picture

Statistical significance is the likelihood that the difference in conversion rates between a given variation and the baseline is not due to random chance.

T Van's picture

Use a one-sample t-test because both percentages came from a single sample. Use a two-tailed probability because the null hypothesis does not state the direction of the difference. If the hypothesis is that one particular choice has a greater percentage, use a one-tailed test (divide the two-tailed probability by two).

T Van's picture

Not really enough space here to try and briefly explain how percentages are statistically significant or not. Have you ever take a course of study in Statistics?

T Van's picture

Let's stick with what chance you have of dying if you should happen to catch Covid, The CFR, Case Fatality Rate. By including the entire population you've entered irrelevant numbers into your equation since you also didn't address the infection rate of the population.

Alex Reiff's picture

1.2 million is likely an undercount, due to developing countries lacking the same tracking capabilities as developed countries. Still, that works out to about 1 death per 6300 people globally, vs. the UK's which is about 1 in 1500: 4 times as high. And that is starting from zero, and with guidelines and restrictions like mask wearing and social distancing in place. Also, that's just deaths. A lot of covid patients have been left with long term medical issues and, over here in the US, 5 figure hospital bills.

Simon Hartmann's picture

I agree. Im a working Doctor from Germany. And while i dont like when people spread panic, just pretending it doesnt exist is even worse.
One thing a lot of people forget: The Flus death counts are usually estimates, in germany for instance 2018/2019 around 2500 confirmed cases died from the flu. The overall case number reports around 22.000 tho. Thats because the increase in mortality gets put together with the flu. We still lack these datapoints for covid as they will become available only after a few years. But the current death toll numbers, are confirmed cases only! So the actual resulting death count will most likely be a very good bit higher when its all said & done. And oh yeah, Flu isnt something minor either, but for it we DO have a decent vaccine to protect the sick and old. For covid we dont.

Makes me angry to see such a behaviour from the young lady just to feel important.

Peter Mueller's picture

Y'all can try to pretend China is a good place with honesty and openness... But I'm not buying it, not for a moment. I figure they're underreporting by a factor of 10 at least. 10-20 Mil dead to date? Could be...

Alex Reiff's picture

Yeah, at least in the US, people across the political spectrum just assume China is falsifying their numbers. It's hard to tell exactly by how much considering how tightly they control information, but I did find an article that estimated a factor of 10 based on urn sales.

Kurt Hummel's picture

Yes 1.2 is probably low and so is the total number infected. Lots of people show no symptoms at all so they were never tested.

Lee Christiansen's picture

It isn't the flu. Have you learnt nothing in the last 8 months?

Billy Paul's picture

A chart devised by Florence Nightingale to help dumb people understand death and causes.

Weekly deaths for the last 5 years from all causes in the UK. What do you think caused the huge red lump and what caused it to subside?

Implying CV-19 is flu is ignorant and idiotic.

You can of course argue about how to deal with the problem. It looks to me that the rule she was fined for breaking is likely stupid. As best I can tell Jersey is far from CV-19 free their government describes their status as

"Level 1 - Jersey is not yet free from the threat of COVID-19. In Level 1 our aim is to live safely with the virus."

Quarantining people travelling from countries with similar levels of CV-19 prevalence is pointless. It makes no more sense than arbitrarily quarantining people who are already there.

Cinnamon Green's picture

Note. If you going to something your not supposed to don't post it for the whole world to see. *Facepalm*
Ps. She's an idiot and deserves the fine. #covidmoron

jim hughes's picture

Well deserved. The next virus may be even more dangerous and an entire generation needs to learn that this isn't a joke or some boomer nonsense.

Michael L. McCray's picture

I think the fine is excessive, make glad to live in the United States.

Lee Christiansen's picture

No the fine is not excessive. People are dying because idiots think they can do what they want. I'd have prescribed mandatory jail time. Money was an easy way out.

Adam Rubinstein's picture

Depending on the outcome next week this country may go the way of the UK and the rest of Europe.

T Van's picture

The point of the fine was to deter others from violating health ordinances by making an example of her. A lesser amount would have been less effective at achieving that deterrence.
Personally as an old timer who believes in Law and Order, I think it was just enough money to make the point. Hopefully she learns to grow up a little bit from this experience.

Michael L. McCray's picture

I never thought my comment would warmly be received and I believe in most law and ordered depending on how the law comes about. I not a fan of administrative policies that are created without an understanding of the situation becoming the law, simply to alleviate fear, then punishing people who get out of line. I am glad to be eleventh generation American, a veteran, and a medical photographer. It is my opinion that this pandemic does not respect your science, political leadership, laws, or fears. It is why you are seeing the political decision of what to do in the United States being pushed down the ladder to the local level.

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