A hopeful holidaymaker was caught out by officials after attempting to use a doctored work note to escape to Tenerife.
The unnamed man took a fake employer note as "proof" they were allowed to fly out to Spain due to it being a "reasonable excuse", but they instead landed a hefty fine.
After heading to Dublin Airport on the day of his flight to Spain, he presented the letter to Gardai – The Republic of Ireland's Police Force – who caught out the sunseeker in his lie.
In the letter, he was described in the letter as an "Electronic Security Systems Provider which is an essential service in Europe and covered by the Irish Government advice of January 24th", Dublin Live reports.
It added that it had been issued by the "Human Resources Department of [blurred out]," and that "the individual will provide an essential service at [blurred out] in Tenerife, Spain."
However, Gardai found the letter to be fake, which saw the chancer receive a hefty fine.
Gardai tweeted: "Gardai at Dublin Airport checking 'reasonable excuse' for international travel were provided this letter, found to be false. €500 (£438) fine issued.
"'Covid-19 doesn’t switch-off so that people can attend parties, or go on holidays, or gather in large groups."
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However, the tweet attracted a lot of attention, with many questioning whether or not the man in question was actually allowed to continue on his travels.
One curious tweeted asked: "So after the fine are they allowed to continue on their journey?" to which another responded "Yes!"
It's unknown what the Gardai allowed the man to do after they handed him the fine, but under the European Freedom of Movement law, it would've been fully possible for him to continue with his planned flight to Tenerife.
So far 375 fines have been issued at Dublin Airport to people for leaving the country for non-essential travel.
Gardai confirmed on Saturday, February 6, that over 300 people have been fined for attending or organising house parties throughout the pandemic, while 4,600 fines have been issued for breaches of Covid-19 regulations in total.
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