Sacramento, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – Hundreds of Californians who accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge have found themselves in hot water.
The Ice Bucket Challenge is the fundraising campaign that has gone viral, raising more than $3 Million for the ALS Association. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a paralyzing and sometimes fatal condition that involves a degeneration of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.
The challenge involves people dousing themselves with a bucket of ice and posting a video on social media. They then challenge two other people to do the same within 24 hours, or make a donation to the ALS Association.
Hundreds of Californians have taken up the Ice Bucket Challenge, but they have also been slapped with a $500 fine.
Because of the drought and worsening water shortage crisis, California water regulators have recently approved an ordinance imposing the fine on residents who waste water – from washing their cars and hosing down sidewalks to watering their lawns.
In the last two weeks, close to 800 Californians were cited and fined for dousing themselves with buckets of ice in their front yard, a clear violation of the new ordinance. Most of the citations were served in person, for those who were caught in the act of dousing. However, a few violators received citations in the mail after they posted their videos on social media.