Driver ticketed for giving money to cop disguised as panhandler

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2016/06/10/driver-ticketed-for-giving-mon.html

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from the article at http://globalnews.ca/news/2750015/panhandlers-or-police-regina-officers-go-undercover-to-nab-traffic-offenders/

“Here I am getting in trouble because I took my seatbelt off for two seconds to pull change out of my pocket and reach out and give it to a guy,” he said.

“I feel like it’s entrapment.”

He’s not the only one

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The ticket was for not wearing a seatbelt, then? Not for giving money to someone.

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It’s mildly comforting to know that the US doesn’t have a total monopoly on shitty policing.

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This is a new low for the cops. Rather surprised that such “revenue-generating innovation” is percolating down from the Great White North. The entrepreneurial fuzz here in the US are sure to catch on soon. Good samaritans beware!

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While I am encouraged that Canada is trying to meet the standards of US cops, I really think since no one was tased or beaten, that they still have a lot of catching up to do.

Come on Canada, I believe in you, eh!

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Without his seatbelt he could have been seriously injured if he hit all the nothing surrounding him.

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The ticket’s $175 and the three dollars I gave to him – I’m out $178
You’d think the cop would at least give him his three bucks back.

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“That’s why Regina rhymes with fun.”

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From the same province that had to send out a press release to counter a parody radio show’s story on their new ‘casual Friday’ dress code: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/saskatoon-police-not-amused-over-casual-dress-satire-1.1070757

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I bet he won’t even declare it on his income tax.

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then money was gotten under false pretenses, he should sue.

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It’s so good to see justice being served. /s

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It’s illegal to unbuckle your seatbelt in an immobile car?

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That’s a lot of punishment for just two seconds of action. (runs and hides)

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It’s illegal to unbuckle your seatbelt in an immobile car?

Parked, no, it isn’t illegal. Stopped, yes, it is illegal. I think. Don’t quote me on that. And you can’t park your car at an intersection, unless I suppose you just had a major collision such that you are obligated to not move your vehicle and call the police. I think. It’s all hearsay.

Sigh.

Don’t worry, we can hold our own on the tased and beaten front, too. Just google Robert Dziekański, for starters.

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It’s part of a project that has police watching for traffic violations at intersections

No, it’s part of a project that has police causing traffic violations at intersections. If the behavior is really that dangerous, the police probably shouldn’t be inducing it, FFS.

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That was my first thought. The cop’s presence encouraged illegal and dangerous behavior. Which is what happens when “protect and serve” is replaced with $ quotas.

I’ve seen the same thing with speed traps on my commute on a freeway. Traffic is moving fast but is moving safely as one. And then some drivers see the cop and hit the brakes and others don’t and so a multi-car car collision happens right in front of the cop.

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I hope they fight it with a jury trial, though it’s a lose-lose prospect already when the cost of doing that is taken into account. Next-best outcome is to shame the involved agency for its behavior, and I can see this baby has already gone international.

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