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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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A Michigan man's citation is going viral after he posted on social media about being ticketed $128 for leaving his car running in his own driveway.

Nick Taylor, 24, said his car was running for only a few minutes in the driveway of his Michigan home Jan. 2.

"I was there for maybe seven or eight minutes before I noticed the ticket," Taylor said.

Taylor posted a photo of the ticket on Facebook. The citation states he is to pay a $128 fine for "motor vehicle unattended."

"Vehicle parked in drive with keys in ignition, motor running -- no one around," the officer wrote on the ticket.

"Every person warms up their car," said Taylor. "We live in Michigan!"

Roseville police defended the citation, saying leaving cars unattended while running invites theft.

"I encourage our officers to write this ticket," Berlin said. "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."

"You're putting the public at risk," he said. "This is purely a public safety issue."

Taylor said he thinks the officer should have knocked on his door before writing a ticket.

"That would have been respectful," Taylor said. "I had no clue that this was a law."

Taylor said he plans to contest the ticket in court.


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*------------ Alcohol Was Involved ------------*

A drunk learned the hard way not to bring a plastic toy to a gun fight. After being escorted out of an Atlanta area restaurant for being intoxicated, the patron returned saying he "had something" for the manager and security guard who kicked him out. The man came back to the restaurant with what was later found to be a toy gun. But before the patron could act, an employee grabbed his own gun, confronted the man as he opened the front door and told him not to continue, police spokesman Brandon Gurley said. The man was later found at his apartment after he called 911 about being shot in his shoulder and wrist. The toy gun was also found at the apartment. The patron remains in a local hospital. No charges have been filed.

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Didn't someone get shot with a harpoon gun in one of the Dirty Harry movies?
[That's right. Dead Pool. Although I think he shot the guy because he was a serial killer, not because he was fishing illegally.]

You know, Lewis, I think all of these naked incidents you've been writing about are symptomatic. I mean, if you're going to shoot up your neighborhood, or steal a cop car, or break into a pizza joint, you might as well be naked, right? I mean, at that point, why not?

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