A Russian man has used Doomsday as an excuse to avoid paying an outstanding traffic ticket, The Huffington Post reports.
With the end of the world currently slated for later this year — December 21, 2012, depending upon who you ask — people have decided to use Doomsday as a way to get around their responsibilities. When a Siberian man paid a visit to court to address the outstanding ticket, he explained that paying coughing up money for such a fine is futile since the world is going to end this December.
Try as he might, the excuse didn’t hold up with officials. According to RIA Novosti, the guy presented a number of charts and diagrams that supposedly showed evidence that Doomsday is practically upon us. As such, he didn’t feel that the outstanding $32 traffic ticket should matter.
UPI reports that the only way to prevent Doomsday from happening was for the court to dismiss the debt. “The debtor believes that if people are kinder to each other and forgive each other’s debts [including unpaid fines], the world will not end,” a collection agency explained.
It’s currently unknown if the man’s Doomsday excuse actually worked. Other individuals will likely subscribe to the theory if it means they can get out of traffic tickets.
David Morrison, Director of Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, explained that people shouldn’t spend too much time worrying about the end of the world. However, this hasn’t stopped certain folks from getting anxious about Doomsday.
“There is widespread and unnecessary fear of doomsday on December 21, 2012,” he wrote on the SETI Institute website. “Opinion polls suggest that one in ten Americans worry about whether they will survive past Dec 21 of this year, and middle-school teachers everywhere report that many of their students are fearful of a coming apocalypse.”
Are you worried about Doomsday? Would you use it as an excuse to get out of a traffic ticket?