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74-year old man gets $199 ticket for talking on a phone while driving, says he doesn’t have a phone

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74-year old man gets $199 ticket for talking on a phone while driving, says he doesn’t have a phone
When you get a $199 ticket for talking on your phone while driving, you probably wouldn’t be too happy. But you’d be outraged if... you didn’t even have a phone for starters. That’s exactly what happened on Friday, March 2nd, when 74-year old Canadian Laszlo Piszker was driving in the city of Winnipeg. At least, that’s Piszker’s side of the story - of police officers issuing a ticket only to fill their quota.

The elderly man even asked the police to look around in the car for a cell phone but the officers allegedly refused.

I told them, ‘Do whatever it takes. There’s no phone in here; never has been. I don’t know anything about the phone.’ But they won’t have it. “They were just going crazy, going to arrest me, and they were nasty to my wife as well.”

In some Canadian states, talking on your phone while driving is illegal and could lead up to a fine of as much as $500 in addition to demerit points.

“I’m the stupidest man you ever talked to when it comes to electronics. I don’t know anything about it. I’m struggling to put the DVD on. The only thing anybody would find in my car is the garage opener. We’re not going to stand for this. It’s just not right, [The ticket] is a lot of money for anyone, but especially when you didn’t do it,” Piszker explained.

source: MobilySyrup

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posted on 07 Mar 2012, 08:58 8

1. akhi216 (Posts: 61; Member since: 01 May 2011)


There should be s law that have charges get automatically dismissed with no jail time if a person alleges that a police was just trying to fill their quota.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 10:13 2

8. max9777 (Posts: 61; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)


than everybody will be filing for it, which will cause havoc in the court rooms.It will be impractical and will be revoked.

But I do agree with this man, cops are being A**holes lately with everything.. My friend and I got a court summons being in a park that 12 minutes after it was supposedly closed, the park has no signs of time of closure, cop ran my ID saw I had no tickets or no previous any sort of convictions, he issued me a Court summons, which the judge said and I quote "This is ridiculous crap" and dismissed my ticket.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 11:50 2

11. beatsandmelody (Posts: 109; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


In California, most parks open/close a half hour after sunrise / before sunset. Or maybe just at. Either way, that was a waste of time for everyone.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 15:09

16. JC557 (Posts: 950; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


In NYC the cops have a quota to make and it's basically from the police comissioner and Mayor Bloomdouche despite their lying about it in press conferences. A lot of the cops I know don't want to put up with that nonsense.

I had a summons for being in Central Park 5 min. after it closed which was BS because I had 5 min. left to walk out the entrance. The judge tossed it and for some reason apologized.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 09:00 5

2. akhi216 (Posts: 61; Member since: 01 May 2011)


People's lives shouldn't have to be forced on hold just because a lousy cop is trying to make themselves look good.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 09:08 2

3. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Its either the officers filling their quota for bonuses or else this guy was caught trying make a phone call on an ipad while driving coz some folks are actually that stupid

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 09:30 3

4. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


I see even in canada there are real joke cops running loose, sigh! Why in the hell is there a quota system at all in a civil servant job? Look at the crap that it causes, we have rogue officers doing shady crap and making up nonsense and issuing tickets. Of all the crap that NYC cops pull, it amazes me that you can't actually fight back and cause officers to get demerits for falsely accusing and making s**t up.

Cops in NYC especially in squad cars are notoriously jerks when it comes to driving on streets, they like to roll down the street at below maximum 25mph speed, I've seen them go as low as 10-15mph. Seriously it's broad daylight, stop looking for trouble before it finds you. They will block the road, I know you have a job but don't be a d**k about it, let the cars go by. You're already getting paid, other people have things they have to get done and you are being a damn hindrance. My main problem with police is their blatant abuse of their power, I respect police but the one's with chips on their shoulders are the ones that create the rift between the public and the police. Just like when a fight breaks out the police sees everyone as part of it, when police brutality happens the public only sees every cop as part of it. Karma is one short ass street.

Now how about some laws against police harassing the public, writing vague reasons for tickets and summons or out and out lying to you about the reason you are getting a ticket and you read the ticket and it's something totally different from what he said. In NYC it is illegal for police to pull you over to ticket you for having dark tints, in fact only way to check for tints is to pull you over for a moving violation or something of that matter. It's funny when they pull you over on some crap nonsense and you get a summons, but in court you can't even complain to the judge that you were unlawfully pulled over you just get some public defendant who asks you a few questions and is the summons rectified that's it. Garbage ass judicial system, make these jerks accountable and do the job you were sworn to do. Protect and serve the public, not hound and harass. After getting a ticket when I was 23 for riding a bicycle across a side walk to avoid traffic, when I went to see the judge he threw the ticket out said that the officers must indicate that I was a danger to the pedestrians in the area, of which at the time there was not a soul on the sidewalk within two blocks either direction. Just a plot to get your name into the computer to see if you have warrants. Cops, funny guys but irritating when they stop you for no good reason or try to create things that weren't there.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 09:45

5. itiswhatitis (Posts: 421; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


That's real sad man, i thought those kinda things don't exist in the US of A where proper regulations and laws are in place. I mean in India cops would catch you if you violate the law but will let you go if you give them like a $5 bribe or give thema bottle of wine,that's about it,but being honest i thought cops in the states are much better than out here but then i guess i am wrong.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 11:58

12. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


All types of crazy things go on in the good ol U.S of A. Lots of things people swear doesn't happen, but when you witness it first hand you get very upset when someone talks as if it never happens. Just because you never saw it doesn't mean it isn't possible, I say a human being is capable of anything of any degree. Never say it can't happen or think that way. Things can happen anywhere at any time.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 12:22

13. itiswhatitis (Posts: 421; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


Well its just that indians out here think highly of america,i think its just that "Grass on the other side always look greener"

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 09:51

6. TMobileRep_52_SwaaaG (Posts: 40; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


would you like to share how you really feel?

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 10:06

7. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


just show up in court with the monthly cell bill detailed and beat that rap

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 10:49 2

9. Virile (Posts: 38; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


One thing,he claims to not own a cell phone, so how would he bring his bill in?

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 13:50 1

14. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


Better yet, how will he proves he doesn't have one?They can call providers and snoop around with his info.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 11:01

10. jimmyjam (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


That law just gives to police another reason to pull somebody over and be nosey!

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 13:58

15. Stuntman (Posts: 711; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


The author needs to brush up on his Canadian geography. Canada has no states. We have provinces and territories.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 17:40

17. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


It's not police to blame for this, it's People in general. People want to know that the taxes are going towards something. This pushes quotas, whether official or not, on to police. They are mandated to prove they are being proactive.
And of course it doesn't help with people being the instantly gratifying center of their own universes not willing to admit any fault of their own that they are today.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 19:43

18. TechDork (Posts: 215; Member since: 10 May 2010)


What I don't understand is, how can they have a law not to talk on the phone while driving when there's business people out there who constantly receive calls? If their driving to a meeting & their boss calls 4 or 5 times & they don't answer, what does that make him look like? He's ignoring him. His boss is not going to want to hear "Oh, there was a cop behind me so I couldn't answer." When your boss calls, you need to answer. There are laws that they should really review before passing. If YOU know you're not able to talk & drive, then don't do it. I got a ticket Monday for supposedly texting while driving. I had turned & my phone fell & slipped under my brakes. I went to go pick it up & a cop only saw the light from the phone and assumed I was texting. $215 for that, when I know I wasn't. Luckily, the ticket got dismissed. My proof was that my last text was sent at 4:53pm. I got stopped at 5:30, so he can't say I was texting & driving because the timestamps show that I wasn't. Cops are full of s**t honestly.

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