Title: Last Call
Author: Daniel Okrent
To the bootleggers, speakeasy operators, crooked druggists, fake rabbis, fallen priests, alky cookers, and various other violators dragged into court, the fines were simply fractional additions to their overhead.
“To call such proceedings ‘law enforcement’ is a farce,” Buckner said.
“To call such fines ‘convictions’ is grotesque.”
He suggested that the notation on a defendant’s record should read “Escaped on payment of money.”
When the cost of getting caught does not significantly affect your overhead there is not much reason to worry about it.