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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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      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.
      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
      Pat
      • 2 Years Ago
      The car is a hatchback; it doesn't have a trunk. A little creative writing going on here?
      cozypaws
      • 2 Years Ago
      An obummer supporter
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't imagine the horror if one of them farts.
      martisvgc
      • 2 Years Ago
      This woman is an idiot and I'd have her by the hair if my child was one of the 19 children stuffed in that car!..
      dich123
      • 2 Years Ago
      When I was a kid, I remeber several of us kids in the back of a pickup for 15 miles, mostly highway. Lots of fresh air. Also, when I was really little, I slept in the back window, behind the back seat on long trips.
        bobluc
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dich123
        And one of my formers hs students and a college friend hitched a ride in a pickup and thirty miles later when the driver pulled over to let them out they weren't there. Retracing the route they were found in the roadway - dead. Guess they just hit the wrong way when they fell out. That someone else survived never means the next person will too.
      Welcome King
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who shoves that many kids into a car.
        IVAN
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Welcome King
        Apparently this fool of a teacher...
      sskidski
      • 2 Years Ago
      She's saving gas......
      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*
      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.
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