Everybody stop dancing now.
On September 27, 2017, Taoufik Moalla was driving to the store when the 1990 C&C Music Factory hit “Everybody Dance Now” came on the radio. Inspired, Moalla began loudly singing along with the catchy tune. Fortunately for the citizens of St. Laurent, Canada, local police were on patrol and were able to pull over Moalla. Four officers surrounded him, and one ultimately ticketed Moalla for screaming in a public place while driving a car.
Moalla initially thought there had been a mistake.
“I was thinking they wanted to pass, but they called on the speaker ‘Please go to the right side,’ ” Moalla said. “I stopped and four police came, two on each side, and checked the inside of the car. Then they asked me if I screamed. I said no, I was just singing.”
Moalla intends to contest the ticket in court. He is currently waiting for a court date so that he can tell a judge what happened. He also intends to illustrate the absurdity of the citation by presenting the judge with a Canadian conundrum.
“Imagine if the Canadiens won a game,” said Moalla. “All the fans are going to scream out of their cars. They’re going to sing. Are you going to give them all tickets?”
According to TheFreeThoughtProject.com, questionable tickets like these are becoming more common in Canada. Last year, for instance, Montreal metro inspectors fined a man $101 for giving free hugs in the subway, because he didn’t have a permit to give the hugs.
Originally published in Criminal Legal News on March 12, 2018.