Well folks, today was an eventful day!
I made my sign yesterday, it's white with blue letters, and says...
With traffic flowing today at about 35 cars/minutes and peaked at 50 cars/minute, I got 35-40 Honks, 4 Middle Fingers, and several waves/fists.
Also about 10 minutes before I was going to leave, I got a visit by a SHERIFF.
She wasn't the nicest one, I'll tell you that. She layed on her horn, (I didn't see her) which made me jump a little, the commanded me to stand in
front of her car.
I asked what the problem was, she replyed "Stand in front of the car!" She then demanded my papers.
I told her I would identify myself to her, after she asked me a couple more times she gave up.
Some how the two Sheriffs and State Trooper that drove under my sign 40 minutes before she visited me had no problems with the sign, because they
didn't come and see me.
She kept saying that my sign was "disrupting traffic", I asked "How is this any different then a billboard?"
She ignored my question, and kept asking "Are you going to leave?" and "You were here last night too right? We came looking for you last night but
I responded at first with no reply, but then I couldn't hold it in, I told her "I left because it got dark."
(I fell into her trap there, damn it.)
She asked "What's your problem with authority?" in a nazi-like manner. I said nothing, thinking to myself, "Hmmmm....I wonder what my problem
is....MAYBE PEOPLE LIKE YOU!"
I then asked, after she got done ringing my name in the computer, "Am I free to go ma'am?"
She replied, "No you stay right there."
"Am I being detained, ma'am?" I asked. "No, now stay right there."
"So I'm free to go? Ok." I say, and start walking towards my car. "I SAID STAY RIGHT THERE!" She yelled.
"Your not under arrest, but I'm questioning you, and if you keep this up you might be." She said.
"So then I'm being detained, huh." I clearified.
"Yes, I'm am holding you." (or something along those lines) She answered.
She then kept asking some dumb questions, yada yada.
Then said, "I called my Sgt., and we are going to go have a talk down by your car."
She got in her car, and backed up, at my walking speed, to my car, she also yelled, "Keep that sign down, or i'll write you the ticket right
I placed the sign under my car, and she told me to stand against the back of my car. I did, she then backed her car behind mine, and sat talking in
I blew my nose, put on some chap-stick, waiting for her to let me go.
She came out of her car, saying "Here's your CITATION for 'Display of unauthorized sign', your court date is yada, yada, and the fine is for
$181.00 dollars. "
(The Sgt. never came)
She continued, "Come back here again, and i'll write you for 'disorderly conduct', do it again and you'll be arrested, after that, if you do it
while on bond, you'll be arrested again for violating your bond."
She started walking towards her car, saying I should get in mine and leave, I said, "Ma'am, I have I question."
"Just get in you car." she said with a angry tone.
"I don't understand the citation, what is 'Display unauthorized sign'? I asked.
"Your not the D.O.T. are you?" (I forgot to notice she answered me with a question)
I said nothing, she said, "Now get in your car and leave."
I stood there, reading the WHOLE citation, making her wait. Then I got in my car, and she left. I followed her, and pulled off into a gas station.
Then came home to tell all you wonderful Badnarik supporters.
INFO ON THE CITATION:
HA! Read it!
346.41 Display of unauthorized signs and signals prohibited.
(1) No person shall place, maintain or display upon or in view of any highway or at or in view of any railroad crossing any unauthorized sign, light,
reflector, signal, marking or device which:
(a) Purports to be or is an imitation of or resembles or may be mistaken for an official traffic sign or signal or railroad sign or signal; or
(b) Attempts to direct the movement of traffic; or
(c) Hides from view or by its color, location, brilliance or manner of operation interferes with the effectiveness of any official traffic sign or
signal or railroad sign or signal.
*Changed my mind* I am going to make a media firestorm.
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[edit on 8-1-2004 by BeingWatchedByThem]