Plow company fined for purposely filling driveway with snow

(Mike Hensen/QMI Agency files)

(Mike Hensen/QMI Agency files)

Stephan Dussault, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:28 PM ET

SAINT-ROCH-DE-MEKINAC, Que. — A judge has ordered a snow-removal company to pay a client $309.92 for filling the woman's driveway with snow in an act of vengeance.

The ruling in small-claims court ends Guylaine Desaulniers' 11-month snow war against the contractor and a village two hours northeast of Montreal.

The saga began last February when Desaulniers cleared her snow onto the main street outside her house.

That prompted a warning from the town, which reminded Desaulniers that she was liable for fines of between $100 and $2,000.

But a small-claims judge said it was the town's contractor who crossed the line in the snow.

On Feb. 27, 2013, a plow pushed snow into Desaulniers' driveway. The vehicle even backed up, got more snow and piled it on.

"The driver deliberately pushed the wet and heavy snow into the entrance of the residence," the ruling said. "(Desaulniers) had to clear the snow with great effort. This heavy snow damaged the gate and part of the wooden fence," the judge wrote.

Relations between the woman and the plow company were still frosty this week.

Contractor Sylvain Doucet blasted Desaulniers for tying up the courts over such a small amount of money.

"This woman has nothing else to do in life," Doucet told QMI Agency.

Desaulniers insists her adversary is just a sore loser.

"He did it on purpose," she insisted. "So it's too bad for him."


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