Woman fined AU$243 for fixing her make up

The lipstick caused a small smudge on the pavement.
The lipstick caused a small smudge on the pavement. Photo credit: Getty

A Brisbane woman has been fined AU$243 (NZD$266) for fixing her make-up.

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, says she was out with her friends, walking in Fortitude Valley at about 8:30pm one night in March when she stopped to fix her lipstick.

As she was applying it the tip broke off, falling to the ground. She says it was so small she couldn't find it on the pavement.

The group walked off but were then stopped by two Brisbane City Council litter officers and a police office, The Courier Mail reports. 

The woman was tapped on the shoulder and issued with an instant fine, which her friend told the newspaper she thought "was a joke".

"We'd only had one drink and we were walking to a friend's birthday party." 

The group then walked back to the area where the lipstick tip was lost to assess the damage and found a small smudge on the pavement.

"The smudge was smaller than a 10-cent piece,'' her friend said.

According to council records the fine was issued in March, but was not disputed at the time. 

Acting Lord Mayor of Brisbane Adrian Schrinner told the newspaper she called the woman personally to express that this matter would be reviewed "as a matter of priority".

"While council does not tolerate littering, this certainly doesn't appear to be littering and there needs to be a common-sense approach taken," Ms Schrinner said.