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Man lights cigarette with twenty rupee note

6 January 2017 09:04 am - 16     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A story is circulating in Kataragama about a devotee who had used a twenty rupee note to light his cigarette.

According to the Kataragama sales agent of Wijeya Newspapers Ltd., K. M Ariyasena, he had seen a person who had (after lunching on January 3rd at a nearby restaurant) come to his stall and bought a cigarette. He had then taken out a twenty rupee note from his pocket and lit it from a gas cooker nearby and then used it to light his cigarette. Then he had thrown away the burnt note.

Afterwards, he had driven away in a modern vehicle.

Many had observed this scene and been outraged. They had disparaged his action. They said, when so many beggars around the place stretch out their hands for a few rupees and only gett a two-rupee coin or a five-rupee coin, others light their cigarettes with twenty rupee notes. (M. N. Piyaratne and Rukman Ratnayake)

  Comments - 16

  • d Friday, 06 January 2017 07:32 AM

    its because of high minded selfish fools like these the country wont grow. via DM Android App

    AS&DS Friday, 06 January 2017 08:37 AM

    Against the law... via DM Android App

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 06 January 2017 09:15 AM

    If so many persons were watching it, then they would be able to know the number of the vehicle and also help identify the vehicle. It is against the law in any country to deface or duplicate the official currency note of that country leave alone to use it as a lighter. Currency notes are to be used for the purpose of what it is meant and not for any other purpose. If I am not mistaken, the minimum sentence is two years behind bars.

    ceylon Friday, 06 January 2017 09:20 AM

    he didnt earn this mobey with work.bribe money. via DM Android App

    DillonDP Friday, 06 January 2017 09:23 AM

    Though it is a wrong thing he did since the 20 rupee note is government property however its not wrong of him to burn his cash and light a Cigarette, if you really look at the other acts we do, this has no direct relationship at all

    Dee Friday, 06 January 2017 09:38 AM

    Expensive puff@ 70/-. Anyway who says people are suffering? Just look at the vehicle registration and numbers at supermarkets for daily essentials?

    lee Friday, 06 January 2017 09:53 AM

    money is burnt on cigarrettes, alcohol and drugs daily...

    sajith Friday, 06 January 2017 09:54 AM

    it is his 20 rupees and he can eat it if he likes. stop worrying about other people's business and mind your own business. why is this even news? in what way is this anti social or illegal. there is massive corruption everywhere in this country but what makes the news is rubbish

    indi Friday, 06 January 2017 09:54 AM

    Is it a news ?

    ANTON Friday, 06 January 2017 09:55 AM


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    Jonson Friday, 06 January 2017 10:14 AM

    If its his hard earn money he would have not done this. Elders says easy come easy go via DM Android App

    Dr.Raghav Sharma Friday, 06 January 2017 10:22 AM

    Probably a Minister or a Politician ...ill-gotten wealth .

    Nature Friday, 06 January 2017 10:36 AM

    He will end up begging for his money, that is for sure.

    A W Abdulkany Friday, 06 January 2017 10:38 AM

    Thanks Anton. First of Jan, 2017 we burnt millions. People are outraged by this action, we small people worry about small things. The country is plundered by politicians and their cronies. No one bothers. This is our Island of Paradise.

    lanka Friday, 06 January 2017 01:31 PM

    If an investigation is initiated all the first, the shop owner will be fined for giving fire to lit cigarette he sold.

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