From the “Not The Onion” category is the story of a Canadian man who got a ticket for singing loudly to a 90s dance song.
Taoufik Moalla was going to buy a bottle of water near Montreal, Quebec and wasn’t exactly sure why he was being pulled over by the police. As four police officers stepped up to the car on each side, they asked Moalla if he was screaming in his car. It turned out Moalla wasn’t screaming, he was in fact singing to the 1990 dance hit “Everybody Dance Now.”
Yeah, this song…
It seems pretty weird that someone would get a ticket for singing, well screaming is the technical reason. And Moalla was given a $149 fine for enjoying the song a bit too much.
Moalla explained the situation and kept calm throughout, even when he was given the ticket for a strange reason.
“I don’t know if my voice was very bad and that’s why I got the ticket,” Moalla said. “But I was very shocked. I understand if they are doing their job, they are allowed to check if everything’s okay, if I kidnapped someone or if there’s danger inside but I would never expect they would give me a ticket for that.”
“I said okay, thank you, because I know I can contest the ticket. They were doing their job.”
I guess I could see police being concerned if they heard a scream and thinking someone was in danger, and maybe if the windows were down and the music was loud, I could see giving a ticket for disturbing the piece, but that’s not what the ticket was for and it was clear no one was in danger. So, why the ticket? Hopefully, the judge has some common sense and appreciates someone having fun while singing.