Ticketed for wearing earphones on a bus
As was said on SuicideGirls, “Fucked. Up. Shit.” Check this out:
a few stops before mine, a sheriff’s car pulls in front of the bus with its lights on. he gets on, moves to the back and an undercover informs a woman that she’s being cited for wearing headphones. apparently, having both headphones on while in a bus is a crime. they take her info. they are about to leave when the undercover notices me with my ipod. do you have your id, he rudely asked. i asked why. he informs me that what i’m doing is illegal. that i can only have one earphone in at a time. i was looking at him completely dumbfounded. shaking, i looked through my bag for my id then he took down all of my info. when he saw that my id was from canada, he asked why i was in the country.
So Posh, over at SuicideGirls got ticketed for wearing earphones on the bus. Since when was that a crime in Orange County? Turns out it’s not, it’s only illegal to wear earphones in both ears while operating a vehicle. Which really makes sense, since drivers need to be able to hear emergency vehicles.
So here are my questions for the OCTA and the OC Sherifs department, in no particular order: 1) How is it a good use of my tax payer money having the Sherifs pull over a county bus to ticket people for violating non-existent laws? 2) What does it mean to have a zero-tolerance policy for buses? 3) Is the OCTA trying to harass all shady-looking people into not using the bus? 4) Is the OCTA trying to reduce demand for the bus so they have an excuse to remove the last little sliver of public transit that Orange County has?