He says he didn’t see the sign warning him, but police say that’s no excuse. Jacob Lafortune was arrested yesterday morning after he was spotted by inspectors eating a non-Quebec cheese on a commuter train that was reserved for fans of local cheeses.
Police say the inspectors approached Lafortune and asked him to hand over his block of imported Swiss cheese or leave the train, but he refused. Police were called and Lafortune was charged with trespassing. He was released on bail with a promise to appear at his next court date, scheduled for August.
This is believed to be the first case of an arrest in this campaign, which has reserved everything from stairwells to metro platforms to be used only by fans of local cheeses.
The crown prosecutor has vowed to pursue this case to the fullest extent of the law, arguing that people cannot just ignore these space reservations in a civil society.
Quebec’s consumer rights body says it may intervene in the case, saying the government has no right to demand allegiance to any kind of food in public areas or on publicly-funded transportation vehicles.