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Melanie Minnie was fined for using her Renault Clio lik... Melanie Minnie was fined for using her Renault Clio like a clown car (Credit: Gallo Images via Getty Images)
Melanie Minnie, a teacher at a South African nursery school, was fined by police for cramming 19 kids into her Renault Clio, a small hatchback roughly the size of a Ford Fiesta.

Minnie was pulled over after a concerned passerby noticed all of the children climbing into the car after an excursion to a local burger bar. When she was stopped by police, there were 6 kids in the trunk, at least 3 in the front seat and 10 in the back seat.

It's unknown if the children were wearing seat belts.



Nico van Heerden, who was on the scene and took several pictures of the ordeal, said that the children were pretty upset.

"They were excited at first but after a while they started to get a more worried and cried," he said, according to The Sun.

According to police, Minnie was caught while she was carrying the second of two loads of children back to the nursery. She said that she had already transported 12 of them back in her car.



"It was the first and the last time that we'll go on an outing... we're actually a very cute school," Minnie said, according to South African news outlet The Citizen.

She was fined 1,500 rand, which is just about $175.


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      • 2 Years Ago
      The car is a hatchback; it doesn't have a trunk. A little creative writing going on here?
      dal
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can hardly handle being in a car with one kid much less 19! Damn I want the drugs this mammie is on! Oh and to answer the question were they wearing seat belts? guessing "No!"
        hans1056
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dal
        cram them in so they can't jump around or breath so much that theycan't scream
      Dale & Deb
      • 2 Years Ago
      People keep making comments about the way the article was written regarding to the seat belts. They wrote it correctly if they do not want their butt sued. Also she might of used the seat belts that were available for the more "active" kids or she might of said aw they don't need it. who knows? The article was trying to make people aware of the seat belt issue without any legal issue brought against them.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't imagine the horror if one of them farts.
      • 2 Years Ago
      "its unkown weather they were wearing seatbelts?" since when does a car come with 19 seatbelts? give me a break!
      tlnitstr8
      • 2 Years Ago
      Caught on her SECOND trip? Who was watching the 19 kids while she drove the first load of 12 back? Seriously WTF!? And only fined $175!???????
      panhermes
      • 2 Years Ago
      Unacceptable for any adult to be so extraordinarily irresponsible. However, the women is a'teacher' her act might be deemed criminal even in whatever nation in Africa this stupidity took place. Whatever is she even doing around small children? HP/AOL you write, kids were stuffed in the front and back seat and the trunk of this vehicle, 'it is unknown if they were wearing seat belts....?????? Is that mean to be taken as a crack else you are either nuts or just plain crazy....Utterly inept in any event> Stupid women, stupid writer, care less editing...
      lynnbrown45
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why not Child Endangerment Changres ??
      avl14
      • 2 Years Ago
      South African likely, should see some of the stuff i have viewed in other areas of the world Shoot I once saw one adult and 7 small kids on a motorcycle going 40 plus down a hwy.
      Mary M. Revis
      • 2 Years Ago
      WHAT A MORONIC WOMAN this is. MISS MINNIE BRAIN should be suspended with out pay..and IF she is allowed back to her job..be RETRAINED on safety procedures for transporting a group of children and what is an appropriate vehicle. if I were a parent of one of these children? you can BEST be sure I'd have a few choice words for the school, it's policies/procedures AND the moron who placed those children in a dangerous situation.
        metusmetu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mary M. Revis
        ............and just exactly how would you transport 19 kids if that was the only transportation you had? Maybe you would have tried to "HERD" them to where they need to be?? Have fun with that! Don't be so quick to condem someone,.........you weren't there.
          Mary M. Revis
          • 2 Years Ago
          @metusmetu
          @metusmetu LOL let me explain it s.l.o.ow.l.y. to you then. The school should have had a small bus available for them or a van. AND..if they couldn't get one through funding or did not have one by any other means...THEN policies and procedures AGAINST unsafe transport of these children, SHOULD HAVE BEEN FOLLOWED, and stated as part of the hiring/training process for the employees. GET IT NOW? You and MINNIE BRAIN (the teacher) must be sharing one brain cell. I didn't need to be there to see how FREAKING UNSAFE this was *scoffs*
      sskidski
      • 2 Years Ago
      She's saving gas......
      murkystarlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      "It was the first and the last time that we'll go on an outing... we're actually a very cute school," Minnie said, according to South African news outlet The Citizen. In this case, cute did not equal smart and common sense did not apply to the person in charge of this situation.
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