Michigan native Taylor Trupiano got a $128 parking ticket for heating up his car in his own driveway.
It was a cold day when Trupiano started his car a few minutes before heading out for the day. So he walked to his driveway, started his car, and went back inside, according to WXYZ.
“I was in and out in probably about seven-eight minutes,” Trupiano said.
It’s when he came back out that he saw what at first he thought was a joke.
“So in that amount of time he ran up here, gave me a ticket and by the time I got out he was nowhere to be seen,” the man said, describing the amount of time it took for a police officer to serve him a ticket.
Trupiano posted a picture of the ticket to his Facebook account, with a harsh caption. (WARNING: Language may be offensive to some readers.)
Trupiano complained that it was a waste of “taxpayer’s (sic) money .” He also thanked the officer for “giving me a ticket for warming up my car in my own d*** driveway.”
However, the Roseville Police Department had a response for the man’s claims.
Roseville Police Chief James Berlin said, “We have five to 10 cars stolen this way every winter.”
“It’s dangerous, and of course it drives everyone’s insurance rates up. It drives our crime rates up,” he continued. “It’s common sense. We can’t warn everybody of the law there is. Common sense says you don’t leave your car running unattended.”
Anyone who has ever lived in a cold climate knows how common this behavior is. Roseville has a population of nearly 50,000 residents, but the police chief says — without any backup — that they have “five to 10” cars stolen each winter because of this.
What kind of percentage is that? Maybe 5,000 cars warming up 50 days out of the year — 250,000 opportunities — and that results in five or 10 crimes?
That’s statistically zero car thefts.
Roseville has come up with a solution in search of a problem, and they’ve installed a perfect tinpot dictator of a police chief to enforce their little revenue-generation scam.
Trupiano has until Jan. 26 to make his $128 offering to the city coffers.
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