ideal.es reports that the three men and two women, all family, had been in Mojácar to celebrate the golden wedding anniversary of their grandparents in a local hotel. They live in Murcia and had come down for the night.
After the meal had ended, they decided to go to a local disco, and parked up in the carpark outside, which is on the beach.
As there was a queue to get in (despite this being about 3 in the morning), the cousins, who weren’t drinking alcohol, stood by their cars and were sharing a couple of bottles of water when the locales turned up, and fined them 500€ for drinking on the beach.
When challenged that they weren’t drinking alcohol, and were in no way being rowdy, the locales replied that nowhere do the rules say that alcohol has to be involved.
Mojacar’s draconian laws simply say: la permanencia y concentración de personas que se encuentren consumiendo bebida o realizando otras actividades que pongan en peligro la pacífica convivencia ciudadana fuera de las zonas del término municipal que el Ayuntamiento haya establecido como permitidas,
(Grouping and staying of people who are found to be drinking or realising any other activity which puts in danger the pacific life of citizens outside of the zones of the town which the townhall has permitted for these activities).
In fact, according to the complaint filed by the cousins, the police not only refused to discuss the matter, they became verbally arrogant, warned the group “they could fine them for discussing Rimmel (makeup) in public if they wanted to, as you are five people or more which is illegal” and threatened to call for backup and have them arrested.
The group were so infuriated that they drove to a nearby Guardia Civil traffic checkpoint and underwent a breath test to prove they hadn’t been drinking alcohol. The Guardia, although they couldn’t give them an official receipt, did let them use the big machine in the car which prints off a written record with the timestamp, proving that the youths had no alcohol in their bloodstream.
Before leaving Mojacar the next day, the youths filed a formal complaint against the locales and insist that they intend to challenge the fine in court.
Mojacar townhall originally refused to discuss the matter, but later issued a statement to ideal newspaper saying that they are sure their police have acted according to the laws of the town.