Ticketed for wearing earphones on a bus

200px-Orange_County_Transportation_Authority_logo.pngAs 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?

5 Comments so far

  1. Jim D (unregistered) on March 1st, 2006 @ 12:32 pm

    Jesus, get it. The cops made a mistake. If the officer was rude, file a complaint. But stop acting like you are Rosa Parks for crissakes. You had a brief conversation with a police officer.

    Damn you libs whine a lot!

  2. andy (unregistered) on March 1st, 2006 @ 7:07 pm

    Jim D. I bet you voted for Bush huh? Go read the other comments and follow the guy’s advice. You need serious help. Be open minded for a second and imagine yourself being many levels more ignorant than the people you are attacking. Think about it for a moment- horrible isn’t it? To bad you will someday realize it’s true. I hope so.

  3. metecem (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 11:19 pm

    It’s funny reading this. All in all it is happening in the USA, the land of freedom. Looks like, however, there is a limited edition of that.

    See, we, people who are non American and don’t live there, see, hear, read a lot about you guys but this is really something like ; “Should a woman deliberately want to drive a motorcar, a man should walk in front of her vehicle, holding a red flag ans singing yankee doodle!”

    Oh yes, go file a complaint and let the cops make fun of you cos you only had a “brief conversation” with an officer. :P

    I tried to imagine what would happen if the cops stopped a bus in the middle of the road, got in and told me I was breaking the law by wearing earphones.

    I guess we would be laughing for the rest of our lives, not to mention nobody would take it serious…

  4. Tony (unregistered) on March 7th, 2006 @ 3:00 pm

    A NSFW (Not safe for work) warning would have been nice on the suicide girls link. :)

  5. DanGarion (unregistered) on March 18th, 2006 @ 5:55 am

    Someone should probably post a retraction to this or a correction or something. Posh was never sited…

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