A Michigan man popped into his house while letting his car warm up in the driveway before heading out this past Thursday — and returned a few minutes later to a very rude awakening: A $128 citation for leaving his car unattended while the keys were in the ignition.
Nick Taylor of Roseville, Michigan, complained about this perceived miscarriage of justice on Facebook, in a post that has gotten almost 14,000 shares so far and national media attention for the 24-year-old.
“Let’s all take a moment to thank officer dips#$t K. Keary for wasting the taxpayer’s money and giving me a ticket for warming up my car in my own damn driveway,” Roseville wrote in the January 5 Facebook post, which was accompanied by a photo of the ticket. The next day, Roseville posted a retraction of the name he had called the officer: “[I]t wasn’t the appropriate thing to say because I do respect police officers for what they do for us everyday.”
Taylor appeared in multiple TV news segments about the incident after his Facebook post went viral.
Overwhelming public support notwithstanding, the ticket is not going anywhere. Roseville Police Chief James Berlin defended the citation to CBS Detroit, explaining that the traffic law is in place to reduce the risk of auto theft.
“I encourage our officers to write this ticket,” Roseville Police Chief James Berlin told CBS Detroit.“All it takes is someone to hop in this car and take off. Then there’s a chase often at a high rate of speed and all that could have been prevented.”
As absurd as it might seem, it sure looks like Taylor is going to have to pay this ticket. And if he doesn’t want it to come from his own damn pocket, maybe he can parlay his newfound social media fame to crowdfund the fine.
Photo: Nick Taylor/Facebook