Lauren-Paige Smith, 19, was tucking into a McDonald’s meal for her lunch when she gave a bird one of her fries.
The creature gobbled its food, but moments later a litter inspector approached her and dished out a £25 fine.
Customer service adviser Lauren told the official the bird ate the grub right away meaning there was no ‘litter’ left behind, but he still issued the charge.
The Cardiff teen ignored the notice and carried on with her day after the incident on July 8.
But she was shocked when nearly five months later she received a court summons in the post.
It says she dropped litter — an offence under Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act.
Lauren said: “I was feeding the seagulls and pigeons some of my lunch when a man who worked for the council came out of nowhere and told me I was littering.
“He asked for my details because he wanted me to pay a £25 fine.
“I asked him are you serious? I was feeding the birds — and they ate all of the chips.
“But the fine has escalated and now I’m being hauled into court.
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