A Montreal man received a $149 fine from the city’s local police force after being pulled over for singing along to his car radio.
Taoufik Moalla told CTV he was driving to the store when the song “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” came on the stereo, and he couldn’t resist singing a round of carpool karaoke to that ’90s gem’s infectious chorus.
That’s when he noticed the police car behind him, lights flashing and siren blaring. Moalla said four police officers approached his car, checked its interior, and asked if he had screamed.
When he told them that no, he was just singing along to the song, they served him with a ticket for contravening a city bylaw that states “… screaming (violates) peace and tranquility.”
And apparently, Moalla got off easy: that offense can carry up to a $1,000 fine for a first offence, and double that if you get caught again.
“I don’t know if my voice was very bad and that’s why I got the ticket, but I was very shocked,” Moalla said.
“I understand … they are doing their job (and) they are allowed to check if everything’s okay … but I would never expect they would give me a ticket for that.”
Moalla said his wife feels differently: apparently, she told him she would “have given [him] a ticket for $300.”
Moalla said he will contest the ticket once he gets a court date, which could take as much as a year—or enough time to listen to that four-minute C+C Music Factory song another 131,400 times.
(via CTV News)