Fine lifted for Montreal man who gives free hugs

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MONTREAL, Canada —  Free hugs almost cost a man nearly $100.

For about a year, Tommy Boucher has been giving random strangers hugs in Montreal.

But, when he tried it with a police officer at a train station, the officer asked him for his permit.

He didn’t have one, so he got a $101 ticket.

Authorities said he violated a rule that prohibits people from selling or offering services without a permit.

The transit agency has since lifted the fine.