Sure, scratching your face, especially near the ear area, can sometimes be mistaken for cell phone usage from afar, but this man was at the wrong place and time. While driving down the road in Jinan, eastern Shandong province, the man in the picture received a notification stating that he’d broken the law by talking on a phone while driving, and attached was a surveillance photo of the offense. Even after stating his case, he received two penalty points on his license and is required to pay a 50 yuan ($7.25) fine. Read more for the full uncropped image and additional information on the outcome.
“After his story went viral on social media and was picked up by mainstream news outlets, the Jinan traffic authority cancelled the ticket and explained that ‘the traffic surveillance system automatically identifies a driver’s motion and then takes a photo,’ which is why his face scratching triggered the artificial intelligence-powered device,” reports Oddity Central.