What's The Stupidest Way To Get A Ticket?

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Today's tale of a man getting fined $500 for eating chicken in his car reminded me that, while we constantly tell people how to get out of tickets, we don't often advise them on how to not get into them in the first place. What's the stupidest way to get a ticket?


My favorite of late is doing a burnout in front of a cop car. It's ballsy, no doubt. It's also not the brightest way to behave. Bonus points for video.


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Ash78, voting early and often

Expired tag.

It's just a tax, sometimes you don't get a reminder in the mail, and it's easy to overlook. But you'd better believe every time a cop is behind a car in traffic, it's the quickest, easiest, and most objective way to issue a ticket.

Legally, the mailed notices are just courtesies, so it's completely up to the driver to renew his tag when the time comes. So on top of the $50-$100 ticket you just got, you now have to renew your tag with late fees and interest, too.

To "Protect and serve" would be to find parked cars with expired tags and just give them courtesy warnings. IMHO. There are far better things for cops to be doing.