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Man Lost in the Woods Just to Buy Cheaper Cigarettes Amid Lockdown

A man in France was rescued after he was lost in the woods after tries to walk from France to Spain to just buy cheaper cigarettes.

Man Lost
Image Source: Daily Mail

French mountain police discovered the ’exhausted, very cold and lost individual’ off the heights about Le Perthus. The man was fined for breaking the anti-coronavirus quarantine in France just to buy cigarettes in Spain.

Based on the article of Daily Mail, the man allegedly used a car on Saturday to travel from Perpignan in Southern France to La Jonquera in Spain but was stopped at the checkpoint. As a result, the man decided to walk and climb the mountain between the two countries.

Man Lost
Image Source: Daily Mail

The man later disappeared and had to be rescued by the authorities. French Mountain Police said the man got lost while walking and stumbled into a creek before he contacted rescuers. 

‘He then decided to take a hiking path, hoping to cross the border through the mountain,” said by the police who rescued him. “He fell into a stream, in brambles, got lost and ended up contacting mountain rescue with an SOS using his phone,” he added.

After he was rescued, the man was fined 135 euros (approximately P7,400) for violating the quarantine protocol. Residents can only come out if the walk is important, based on the reports.

Many Southern France residents are crossing the border to buy cigarettes, food, alcohol, and gas because they are much cheaper in Spain. More than £ 50m worth of fines has been handed over to those caught without proper documentation to allow an hour-long journey for exercise, shopping, or work travel.

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