Australian Biohacker fined over travel card implant

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Australian Biohacker fined over travel card implant

Australian Biohacker fined over travel card implant

Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow (Legal Name), and Australian biohacker has been fined $220 (AUD) for not using a valid train ticket and being unable to produce his Opal card to transport officers.

While this wouldn't usually be seen as newsworthy, the problem here is that Meow-Meow did have is Opal card, literally in his left hand, having surgically implanted his Opal card's chip into it last April. This implant allowed Meow-Ludo to swipe his card/hand and access the busses, trains and ferries across the province of New South Wales, without the need for a wallet or physical money.

In total, Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow has to pay his $220 fine and $1000 in legal fees. Meow-Meow's lawyer stated that in this case, Meow-Meow is "head of the law", while his prosecutors argued that "whatever was in the defendant's hand, it certainly wasn't a card". The fine of $220 is for breaking the terms of use of his Opal card, as Transport for New South Wales does not support the tampering or damaging of Opal cards. If transport authorities find Meow-Meow using his card again, the card could be deactivated.   

Australian Biohacker fined over travel card implant
While Meow-Ludo had the physical chip from his Opal Card, the problem was that he had no way of proving that he had a ticket once on a bus or train. ABC reports Magistrate Michael Quinn as stating that the laws of today must be followed, but that legislation may one day catch up with technology. Mr Meow-Meow was undoubtedly disappointed that his case was not thrown out of court.    

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Most Recent Comments

16-03-2018, 09:28:12

Pretty eccentric Not sure I would want anything in my hand though.Quote

22-03-2018, 11:57:31

In the UK the inspectors now just carry readers... surely they could do the same there and just scan the dudes hand?Quote

23-03-2018, 00:17:43

Ha until he reaches or forgets his expiry date. Quote

23-03-2018, 00:32:35

The issue isn't 'not paying' for his fare, it's simply failure to produce the card on demand - to ensure it's not fraudulently being used whether pension concession or child fare or whatever. Depends on exactly how the cards were set up and what info they actually contain versus what's printed on them. They may simply be tokens (valid until a specific date for a trip or number of trips within a section) or may be monetary value that you pre-purchase. Still. Kind of lame to book him - unless he was being a bit of a knob about it when asked by the authorities.Quote

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