Bagpiper fined for carrying a knife stuffed in his sock

Jeff McCarthy

A Montreal bagpiper said he's never had a problem, but yet he was fined $220 this week for carrying a knife that was stuffed in his sock.

For years, Jeff McCarthy said he's been walking Montreal streets with a traditional Scottish knife stuffed in his sock off and on.

But on Wednesday, while going to play the bagpipes at the McGill University fall convocation at Place Des Arts, he was stopped by police and fined, saying he was carrying a concealed weapon.

The knife is a traditional Scottish item called a sgain-dubh (pronounced skin-do).

McCarthy, who said he might contest the ticket, told the CBC he was shocked, adding he wasn't waving the knife is a violent manner.