Friday, November 7, 2008

Run in with the law


In the past week, I have had not one but TWO run ins with the law. Now, I am normally a law abiding citizen, so why have I received TWO tickets in the past week? Because monkeys could do a better job running the DMV. The DMV has allegedly sent out our vehicle registration twice and we haven't received it (although we have paid for it.) It is infuriating. And now I have two tickets to show for it.


Which leads me to my next problem. My car has been out for a total of 1.5 hours this whole week. What are these cops doing? Paroling the streets for their biggest offenders- the dirty scoundrels with month-old registration? Don't they have anything better to do?

Craig reminded me that this type of behavior was a lot like my last run in with "those" kind of cops in '06. Setting: the times square subway stop. I was trying to go through the turnstyle and my unlimited card wouldn't scan in the machine. I was with a group of people who were waiting for me, I hear the train coming, so I decided to go underneath the turnstyle.




This lady was using the rookie over-the-turnstyle approach but being only 5'2 and low to the ground, I crawled under it.

Next thing I know, I have 3 cops on my A. I am surrounded and the very intimidating lady cop flashed her badge at me for intimidation. She could tell I meant business. When I showed them (right then!) that I had actually paid for the subway ride I was about to take because I had an unlimited ride pass, they didn't care- even though it wasn't MY fault that their dumb scanner didn't work. After a lot of yelling, a tickets, TWO trips to the brooklyn court (where I DID see a teen mom slap her child accross the face) and $200 later, the infraction was resolved.

Hopefully, these latest tickets won't come to that.

8 comments:

Sue said...

Wow, you'd better clean up your act! It sounds like they're onto you...

christina q thomas said...

kristin,

this is dave thomas's sister christina. your cousin-in-law. i don't think we've ever met, but i saw you and craig from a distance at the Stretch show but somehow didn't introduce myself.

so (outstretched hand) nice to meet you. maybe one day we'll all (meaning craig, melissa, susannah, me, you, etc) get together for lunch downtown like we've talked about and we can meet in person.

i'll be the one dressed like a 9th century book.

Fritz said...

Did I ever tell you about the only time I got pulled over? I was going 86 in a 60. The cop followed me for two miles with his lights on before I noticed. We were on our honeymoon, and since I was 19, the cop clearly thought we "had" to get married. Dave got the ticket for not wearing his seatbelt. I got a big smile on my face.

Gretchen said...

Those cops should be plenty busy, I mean with you living right next to the homeless shelter. :) I feel a lot safer knowing they are keeping things in order down there.

Side of Jeffrey said...

HAhahahaha...hahahaha. Wait..I have some more laughter. Hahahahahaahahahahahaha. There. I got it out. You are plagued with constant discipline.

Amy said...

I just love imagining you scooting underneath that turnstile like a little subway gnome.

Hopefully those cops giving you those tickets don't dig a little deeper and uncover your shadowy past. Then you'd REALLY be in trouble.

thechoulespauls said...

i can't believe they even saw your cute small little self scootching under that thing...

once an ex- boyfriend of mine got a ticket for going through the turning thingy with me in san francisco. he didn't have a bart pass and we were to cheap to pay. i walked ahead like i never new what happened. pretty sneaky eh. he still married me. sucker

Whitney said...

you just had me laughing out loud at my desk! and my office is so quiet. both stories are probably some of the funniest stories i have ever heard of dealing with run ins with the law! i think the nyc one is probably the best since i can picture it. in boston on the subway their gates to get into the train are not the twisted wheel thing. it is a glass door preventing 5 2ers like yourself from doing just that! ;)