When common sense runs into governmental tomfoolery.
In Leiden, the right of birds to crap, outweighs the consideration a cafe proprietor’s has for his customers.
Café Owner Heavily Fined for Protecting Customers against Raven Excrement
From (the must read blog) BadNewsFromTheNetherlands:
The owner of a tea house in Leiden has been fined 5,000 Euro because he put up two sun umbrellas to protect his customers from raven excrement. He had no building permission for putting up the shades on wheels and the municipality claims that such permission is required. The man paid the fine in order to remain on good terms with the municipality. He will now have to chase the ravens away with rattles.