In 1979, pieces of the US space station Skylab fell from the sky and littered the Australian municipality of Esperance. The craft had broken apart over the Indian Ocean.
Esperance fined the United States $400 for littering! It wasn’t until 2009 that they were paid, though. A radio show host, Scott Barley, raised the money from his listeners and paid the fine on behalf of NASA.
The San Francisco Examiner offered $10,000 to the first person to bring them pieces of the Skylab. A 17 year old from Esperance scooped some scraps of the Skylab from his roof and took the first flight to San Francisco where he collected his prize!