Man with Opal Card implanted in his hand fined

A man who has an Opal card implanted in his hand has been fined for not having a valid ticket but is refusing to pay up.

The scientist, who calls himself Meow Ludo Disco Gamma Meow Meow, has been swiping on and off for months using an implanted chip from an Opal card.

Everytime he beeps through the turnstile, Meow Ludo defies authority in the name of technology.

Now, his rogue ways have landed him in court.

"I'm flabbergasted, I think it's ridiculous," he said.

"The fact they want to shut down the most innovative thing to happen in public transport in Sydney."

Meow has a chip implanted in his hand. Source: 7 News
Meow has a chip implanted in his hand. Source: 7 News

He was issued a $200 fine for not having a valid ticket but Meow won't pay, and has pleaded not guilty.

"I think that it's actually about bodily autonomy and sovereignty over technology you own, especially when it's implanted," he said.

Meow is refusing to pay the fine. Source: 7 News
Meow is refusing to pay the fine. Source: 7 News
Transport NSW says no one should be tampering with their cards. Source: 7 News
Transport NSW says no one should be tampering with their cards. Source: 7 News

Transport for NSW maintains it doesn't support Opal cards being tampered with or damaged and customers who do so may have their card cancelled.

But, for now, Meow's implanted one still works.

Meow's court case has been adjourned until March 2018.

Meow was issued a court attendance notice. Source: 7 News
Meow was issued a court attendance notice. Source: 7 News

In the meantime, he has other pressing matters to attend to.

He's standing as a candidate in the upcoming New England by-election, up against Barnaby Joyce.

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