Dad takes daughter on holiday during school term, fined $252

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His plan: Take the family to Turkey for a June holiday.

His crime: Taking daughter Madeleine from school during term-time for the trip.

The punishment: Fined £120 (S$252)

Car salesman Jason Short, 41, claims he had explained the situation to teachers at Salisbury Road Primary School in Plymouth. He was told not to worry.

But when the family returned home after the break, they found a letter from Plymouth City Council stating he would be fined for taking Madeleine out of school without permission.

Alamak moment

The furious father said he was fined £60. If he did not pay by a certain date, the fine would go up to £120.

Mr Short paid up to avoid ending up in court.

He was also worried he would end up with a criminal record which could affect his job prospects.

He asked the council to donate the money to a local hospital but has yet to hear from them, the Metro reported.

He vowed that if he gets fined for taking his daughter on holiday again, he will "cause a fuss" by counting the money out in one-pound coins and presenting it to the council.

He has since quit his job.

"It's not the only reason, but it is one of the reasons, I want a family life and my job is not centred around school holidays" he told the Plymouth Herald.

He is working with his brother in the property market for less pay.

But the leaner salary means he will also pay less tax.

Going by the letter

A Plymouth City Council spokeswoman said: "Parents should always seek permission from the head teacher to take their children out of school in the term time...

"New government regulations which came in meant head teachers could no longer grant holidays during term time in 'special circumstances'.

"(They can only do so in) exceptional circumstances, which are classed as unavoidable causes such as illness or exclusions."

Sources: Metro, Mail Online