Is love worth $100? Brook­lyn Bridge pad­locks lead to fines

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

NEW YORK (AP) >> If you’re think­ing of at­tach­ing a “love lock” on the Brook­lyn Bridge be warned: There’ll be a price to pay.

New York City of­fi­cials on Fri­day an­nounced a $100 fine for pro­claim­ing your undy­ing love with a pad­lock on the fa­mous span.

Of­fi­cials re­moved hun­dreds of locks and placed signs on the bridge’s pedes­trian walk warn­ing vi­o­la­tors of the fine.

But the signs aren’t with­out hu­mor. One says “No lock, yes lox” with a pic­ture of a crossed out pad­lock and a bagel and lox.

Last year, 11,000 locks were re­moved to a tune of $116,000.

The locks are a trend seen around the world. They can pose safety and struc­tural haz­ards, as hap­pened in Paris in 2014 when a sec­tion of bridge fenc­ing col­lapsed un­der the weight of the locks.

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