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California mom fined $88K after kids collect 72 clams from Pismo Beach thinking they were seashells

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California mom fined $88K after kids collect 72 clams from Pismo Beach thinking they were seashells



Shell shocked!

A California mother was slapped with a fine worth $88,000 after her kids mistakenly collected clams — thinking they were picking up seashells — on the beach without a fishing license.

Charlotte Russ was on a family trip to Pismo Beach, known as the “Clam Capital of the World,” when she said her kids picked up 72 clams from the clamming hotspot during their getaway, according to ABC 7.

Charlotte Russ (C) was fined over $88,000 after her kids mistakenly collected clams on a California beach. KFSN-TV

The Department of Fish and Wildlife confronted the mother of five and told her that her kids were collecting the clams without a license, issuing her a ticket.

“Right before we went, that’s when I opened it and that’s when I saw the amount,” Russ said

She later received a fine in the mail ordering her to pay $88,993 before a San Luis Obispo County judge knocked down her fine to $500.

“It made me really sad and depressed, and it kind of ruined our trip,” Russ told the outlet.

She said the whole experience taught her children and herself valuable lessons about wildlife regulations.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife confronted the mother of five and told her that her kids were collecting the clams without a license, issuing her a…



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