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Science PartyMeow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow is (the real name of) a 33-year-old Australian Person who’s Battling a fine for not having a valid train ticket.
He had a valid ticket the whole time — inside his hand.
Meow-Meow appeared in Newtown native Court in Sydney, latest South Wales on Friday morning, where he pled guilty to the charge of travelling without a train ticket.
New South Wales’ Opal travel cards are used for trains, buses & ferries across the state.
Meow-Meow, a co-founder of biohacking site Biofoundry, had his Opal card implanted in his hand in April 2017.
Biohacker fined for travel card implant
Image copyright Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow / FacebookA biohacker in Australia has been fined A$220 (£120, $170) for removing the chip from a travel card & implanting it into his hand.
Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow (real name) too has to pay A$1,000 in costs.
The case was brought with the latest South Wales transport authority that issues the contactless Opal card.
Mr Meow-Meow was found guilty for travelling without a ticket, although the fare was on the chip inside his hand.
The chip in Mr Meow-Meow’s Opal card was cut down to 10mm with 6mm, encased in a special plastic & implanted with a professional piercer.
as mentioned in A self-declared “cyborg” has been fined after he was unable to Production his travel card on request – because it had been implanted in his hand.
The NFC chip was taken from an Opal travel card – used to get around Sydney & similar to London’s Oyster card.
Although the inspector’s card reader confirmed Mr Meow-Meow had tapped in before boarding, he was convicted of attempting to travel without a ticket.
The ‘cyborg’ pleaded guilty to being unable to Production his Opal card & was fined A$220 (£122) & ordered to pay A$1,000 (£556) costs.
“New technology could be scary if you do not understand it,” Mr Meow-Meow said.