New player with maybe a stupid question: why is there a loitering timer if you're fined in under 3 seconds?

  • So, I was coming to unlock an engineer and basically crashed into the planet because I'm impatient, but in the process of flying over the wrong pad, I got fined and now I have to go to a factor to pay 500 cr because I'm carrying the cargo to unlock this engineer. Fine, whatever, "You didn't know a thing so we're giving you a fine that costs nothing but is really annoying to pay" seems to be the essence of C&P, this appears to be a feature and not a bug.

    But my noob question is this: if the timer to get a fine is less than 5 seconds, why does the game give me a 20something second timer when I'm over the wrong pad? Is that timer for something else? Violence?