Man gets $117 ticket for singing loudly in his car


Big government, big problems.

From Yahoo (via HuffPo):  Talk about a bum note: A Montreal man says he’s facing a $117 traffic ticket just for singing in his car.

In September, Taofik Moalla was driving home and singing along to “Gonna Make You Sweat,” a 1990 dance music smash by C+C Music Factory. Y’know, the one that goes, “Everybody dance now!”

The 38-year-old Moalla was grooving to the beat when police suddenly pulled him over, according to HuffPost Canada.

Four of Montreal’s finest came up to look into Moalla’s car and asked him what he was doing. After he replied, “Nothing,” one officer asked him, “Did you scream loudly?” the Canadian Broadcasting Company reported.

Moalla said he’d told the officers, “No, I was just listening to my favorite song,” and had then repeated the catchphrase, “Everybody dance now!”

After police checked Moalla’s license and registration, they came back with a traffic ticket fining him $149 Canadian dollars (or $117) for screaming in his car.

Nearly a month later, Moalla is still shocked by the charge.

I don’t know if my voice was very bad and that’s why I got the ticket,” he told CTV Montreal. “But I was very shocked. I understand if they are doing their job, they are allowed to check if everything’s okay, if I kidnapped someone or if there’s danger inside, but I would never expect they would give me a ticket for that.”

Moalla insists he wasn’t singing too loud. He plans to contest the ticket as soon as a court date is scheduled, which could take up to a year.

For his defense, he just plans to tell the judge how he got the ticket. “Imagine if the [Montreal] Canadiens won a game,” Moalla told CTV Montreal. “All the fans are going to scream out of their cars. They’re going to sing. Are you going to give them all tickets?”

HuffPost reached out to Montreal’s police department, which declined to comment on the case but sent a statement detailing Moalla’s legal options.

Meanwhile, Moalla’s fight for the right to sing along with ’90s dance hits isn’t getting much sympathy from his wife. “She told me, if it was for singing, I’d have given you a ticket for $300,” he told CTV Montreal.


15 responses to “Man gets $117 ticket for singing loudly in his car

  1. Canada-the next California?

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  2. I wonder if they have singing in a vehicle law on their books. HAHAHA. Officer that hates music or sounds should live in the wilderness where all the animals sing.

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  3. He has to go back

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  4. Taofik Moalla should demand from the court what specific law he had violated.

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  5. In spite of all our comings and goings nothing can beat living in the good ole U.S. of A.

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  6. they need the quota to keep their commanders of their back…


  7. As A Canadian I am concerned with four police in one Cruiser that to me is a real waste of taxpayer dollars considering I see groups of four bike cops always together there should be no more than two together. You thought liberals were bad down there…. theyre copying your annoying liberal tactics like Halloween costumes being cultural appropriation and liberals runnning university campuses etc.

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  8. Hmmm!!! When we lived in the city, we lived about one-half block off of a main through a fare and it was nothing unusual for the music to be so loud in the passing cars that it rattled our windows. Now that is loud!! Yes the city had a noise ordinance, but guess what, it just did not apply to certain people.

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  9. I wonder what the fine is for screaming in your car just before you are involved in an accident? $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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  10. Now we have the anti fun police where they intrude on your private moments of singing in your own car? Unless he was using a megaphone, this is way overstepping. This stinks.

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    • Glenn47 . . . I could not agree more. The idea that FOUR officers would be tied up in this nonsensical event is beyond crazy. He certainly go to court to protest this insanity.

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  11. Yep, as time goes by it gets worse every day. Can dirty fingernails be far behind?

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