Luka Rocco Magnani, the owner of a gas station in the Czech Republic, was fined €100,000 ($124,000) and banned from buying or renting cars for four years after his son, Rhys, a 16-year-old, was caught using his father’s gas pump.
The incident was caught on video, and the local news media called Magnani a “shady businessman.”
Magnani said the video showed his son was “a normal kid” who “was trying to make a little money.”
The Magnani family, however, is no ordinary family.
Rhys Magnani is the youngest of eight children.
In a phone interview, Magnani called the incident a “total accident.”
His oldest son, 16-month-old Luke, said Magnani has had trouble controlling his sons and has been “a big troublemaker.”
The family has a pet and a dog and has struggled financially for many years, said Luke Magnani.
Rhy, who works as a truck driver, said his dad was a hard worker.
“He’s always been working, he’s always given his best effort,” Luke Magnai said.
Magnani’s story has brought out the ugly side of a country that has recently become more liberal than most, said Michael Sivak, an expert on the Czech economy at the University of Maryland.
It’s an economy that has grown at an average annual rate of 10.1% from 2002 to 2012, according to government data.
The average Czech salary rose from 3,619 to 4,958 kronor ($6,700 to $9,300) between 2002 and 2013, according the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
The country has been among the fastest-growing economies in Europe for the past decade.
But the government has cut taxes and introduced a raft of new regulations since 2009, prompting some critics to warn that the country’s economic recovery has been stymied by excessive regulation and a lack of transparency.
The latest regulations included a law that mandates that private businesses that receive more than 5% of their sales from oil and gas have to pay a toll of about 6% to the government.
The government also tightened its restrictions on who can sell gas and other products, a move that could lead to a price increase for consumers.
Some have suggested that the government’s clampdown has caused the Czechs’ economy to collapse.
In January, the Czech government’s economy ministry said the economy is projected to contract by 2.3% in 2019, with the average rate of contraction being 4.4%.