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Video Goes Viral After Garden City Cop Threatens To Ticket Man Washing Car In Own Driveway
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/ ^ | December 20, 2013

Posted on 12/21/2013 8:18:15 AM PST by ilovesarah2012

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A video has gone viral after a Long Island man recorded a police officer who threatened to ticket him if he washed his car in the driveway. As WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall reported Friday, the incident happened on Hawthorne Road in Garden City. The 24-year-old said he was washing his 1997 Volkswagen in his driveway when a police officer told him he wasn’t allowed to do that.

The officer said although the car wasn’t going to be washed in the street, which is illegal, washing it in the driveway would still be in the public’s view, Hall reported. No one received a ticket during the ordeal and The Garden City Police Department had no comment about the incident.

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TOPICS: Government; US: New York
KEYWORDS: carwashing; gardencity; getajob; leo; longisland; police; propertyrights
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1 posted on 12/21/2013 8:18:15 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ...

Wow, a real one man crime wave!


2 posted on 12/21/2013 8:19:38 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

>>Wow, a real one man crime wave!

Yep. Find one more white guy trying to wash a car in Garden City NJ and the media can declare that the “Knockout Game” is not racist because white people are doing the “Car Wash Game” and it all balances out.


3 posted on 12/21/2013 8:21:25 AM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Wait, what?


4 posted on 12/21/2013 8:21:31 AM PST by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, STANDING WITH RAND.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
Just remember one thing New Yorkers...You voted for it


5 posted on 12/21/2013 8:22:36 AM PST by darkwing104 (Forgive but don't forget)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Can’t wash your car in public view? People become offended if you do? Sounds like the goofiness of people on a Fox story who said people shouldn’t be allowed to decorate their lawns and houses at Christmastime because the decorations would offend atheists and people of other religions.


6 posted on 12/21/2013 8:25:45 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: ilovesarah2012
washing it in the driveway would still be in the public’s view

"Oh, Officer, I was walking along the sidewalk, when suddenly and completely unexpectedly I witnessed the most horrible sight I've ever seen in my life! A MAN WASHING HIS CAR!"

7 posted on 12/21/2013 8:26:25 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: ilovesarah2012
"What's the problem?"

"The problem is your neighbor doesn't like you."

WTF?

8 posted on 12/21/2013 8:27:35 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority...")
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To: chessplayer

I truly feel like I am living in a nightmare. What has happened to America???


9 posted on 12/21/2013 8:29:15 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

It’s been taken over by smug socialists.


10 posted on 12/21/2013 8:32:31 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: ilovesarah2012
I like the fact that the cop warned the car owner to not "create an issue" between himself and the Gestapo (NYPD).

This is exactly the type of arrogant, oppressive behavior the first few amendments were designed to prohibit.

America no longer exists in the Northeast and is fading fast elsewhere.

11 posted on 12/21/2013 8:32:36 AM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Remember who the real enemy is!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

The Police man was just doing his job. When the man asked what the problem was he told the truth. “You have a neighbor that does not like you”

That is the problem, having an a-hole for a neighbor.

Like the Officer said “I don’t make this sh*t up, it’s the law.

This man needs to find out which neighbor doesn’t like him if he doesn’t already know, and tell the neighbor how much he appreciates that neighbors community interest, in a nice way, like using round-up on the neighbors bush’s to keep the grass from choking them out. LOL Just kiddin-—I think.


12 posted on 12/21/2013 8:34:34 AM PST by Venturer (Half Staff the Flag of the US for Terrorists.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
What has happened to America?

It seems that no one is willing to stand up for what is right. The cop was wrong. He tried to be a lawyer. He read the ordinance. It stated 'public place'. Not public view.

I would have proceeded to wash the car after the cop left so he did not see it and thus could not testify. The neighbor would have called again. When the cop showed up I would have asked to be arrested. That way the nosy a-hole (and yet to be identified) neighbor would have to testify.

It would be a fun project to get the local media involved and make the neighbor and the cops look like fools.

13 posted on 12/21/2013 8:36:39 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority...")
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To: Cicero
"Oh, Officer, I was walking along the sidewalk, when suddenly and completely unexpectedly I witnessed the most horrible sight I've ever seen in my life! A MAN WASHING HIS CAR!"

I can sympathize!!

Now Lucy washing her car in front of the hands, why that's an entirely different kettle of fish...


14 posted on 12/21/2013 8:37:01 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ilovesarah2012

Should have stopped the officer at the sidewalk and asked for search warrant before he got any closer.


15 posted on 12/21/2013 8:38:53 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations: The acronym defines the science.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

This is why law enforcement is too busy to go after illegal aliens. Americans all over the country are washing their cars in their driveways.


16 posted on 12/21/2013 8:38:54 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Merry Christmas to all my fellow Americans. "Whatever" to everybody else!)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
I heard that as well and it was probably the most intelligent statement made.

The neighbor called the cops on these guys and the police had to respond.

17 posted on 12/21/2013 8:40:12 AM PST by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

The fact that it is against the law to wash your car in your driveway says how far America has declined. Is there anything worth saving?


18 posted on 12/21/2013 8:42:16 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: chessplayer
Can’t wash your car in public view?

When the cop read it he said:"Public place", then said in response the young man correcting him: "it is still in public view".

But that is not what the law says. Sorry officer, you lose.

19 posted on 12/21/2013 8:43:08 AM PST by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
Imagine how much of the tax payers money goes to this officer's paychecks and retirement benefits.

Being a cop is an easy job now. All they have to do is just go around ticketing all those criminals washing their cars, and enforcing any other liberal PC bull.

20 posted on 12/21/2013 8:44:27 AM PST by Pajamajan (Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

I think there should be some way to bring charges against the person who called the cops on this car washing guy.


21 posted on 12/21/2013 8:45:10 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

“It would be a fun project to get the local media involved and make the neighbor and the cops look like fools.”

If you have that amount of time to spare on it.


22 posted on 12/21/2013 8:45:49 AM PST by EEGator
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To: ilovesarah2012
We are living in a D@mn Police State!
23 posted on 12/21/2013 8:49:14 AM PST by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: Michael.SF.

:: The neighbor called the cops on these guys and the police had to respond. ::

Well, no the beat-officer didn’t ^have to respopnd^. Neither did his “lieutenant” if he would have asked one simple question: “Is the vehicle being washed in the street or in the driveway?”

Municipal code violations do not supercede the 4th Amendment. Tell the officer, “Please exit my property and return with a proper ^felony^ warrant.”

Say nothing else and do not let the officer gain access to your property past the sidewalk. (Note that, as the bus passed by, the officer’s car was parked in the middle of the street, blocking ^legal^ egress from the driveway - - - an indication of a felony investigation).


24 posted on 12/21/2013 8:49:39 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations: The acronym defines the science.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Washing your car in the driveway is as American as apple pie!

What guy hasn’t devoted an afternoon to something like this at least once?


25 posted on 12/21/2013 8:52:21 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: VanDeKoik

When I was young, I would wash my Camaro in our driveway every Saturday morning. But that was before America turned into a police state.


26 posted on 12/21/2013 8:54:07 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012
The fact that it is against the law to wash your car in your driveway

But that is not a fact at all. Not in this case.

27 posted on 12/21/2013 8:59:46 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority...")
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To: Venturer

Writing on what is thought of the neighbor thinks of the complainer in FERTILIZER on the front lawn is far more effective, as it stays for a long time


28 posted on 12/21/2013 9:00:06 AM PST by Don W (Know what you WANT. Know what you NEED. Know the DIFFERENCE!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Where’s he supposed to wash his car? In his bedroom?


29 posted on 12/21/2013 9:03:52 AM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: ilovesarah2012

Stake out the cop’s house and have him give a ticket to himself if he washes his car.

How about washing your car windows? That sounds like a REALLY big crime!


30 posted on 12/21/2013 9:11:40 AM PST by Right Wing Assault
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To: ilovesarah2012

Costs a small fortune to pay property taxes in Nassau County (Long Island). What if he was washing window panels on his driveway? Effin Lieberal tyrants are also irrational do-gooders of their god named ‘equality’. Anyone should be able to wash anything in their driveway unless its highly toxic which washing a car ain’t.


31 posted on 12/21/2013 9:13:53 AM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Michael.SF.
Michael.SF. said: "The neighbor called the cops on these guys and the police had to respond. "

No, they didn't. They only need to respond if the neighbor claims that a crime is being committed.

The cops have a duty to verify that some reasonable suspicion exists that a crime is being committed before accusing someone of committing a crime.

Obviously, a person's driveway is not a "public place". The cops have a duty to question the neighbor regarding the elements of a purported crime.

Your statement is the same thinking that causes police to harass people legally carrying firearms. The cops have a duty to question anyone reporting a "man with a gun" in order to determine whether any cause exists to suspect that a crime is being committed. The alternative is to treat the exercise of a right as suspicion of a crime.

32 posted on 12/21/2013 9:16:18 AM PST by William Tell
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To: ilovesarah2012

We are not allowed to wash our vehicles even in our driveways in Boise. City is concerned about chemicals going in the drains making it to the river.


33 posted on 12/21/2013 9:18:27 AM PST by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

I live on a corner and wash my truck on the side and halfway in the street. None of my neighbors have ever complained and if they did then flux em.
None of their business and what’s a little water left on the street any harm? Dries fast where I live and I use very little of it as I’m conscious not to waste. I’m a ‘conservationalist conservative’, eheheheheh.


34 posted on 12/21/2013 9:23:59 AM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: ilovesarah2012

WTH — is the cop a shill for the local carwash?????

And he reads from the ordinance that says that you can’t wash your car in a public place — a public place.

The guy’s driveway is NOT a public place.

His house can be seen by the public. It’s in the public view. Just because the public can see it doesn’t make it a public place.

On the upkside — atleast they didn’t shoot his dog.


35 posted on 12/21/2013 9:27:32 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Control Freaks


36 posted on 12/21/2013 9:29:57 AM PST by joshua c (Please dont feed the liberals)
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To: Venturer
This man needs to find out which neighbor doesn’t like him if he doesn’t already know, and tell the neighbor how much he appreciates that neighbors community interest, in a nice way..

Why be nice about it?

When I was putting my fifty foot tower up for my amateur radio antenna's -- ON MY OWN PROPERTY -- the neighbor who lived west of me complained vehemently to the local village constantly while trying to stop me.

Problem for her was, written in the Village ordinances and by-laws was the fact that while other radio tower structures were severely limited, amateur radio was not. (That exclusion was by design, to comply with FCC Part 95.)

So when she realized she was getting nowhere with the village - who had no option other than to approve my structure - she started openly complaining to neighbors, then my wife, then me.

One day while we're putting the antenna's on top of the tower, she crossed over onto my property and said very loudly "I don't want to have to look at that thing every time I look out my kitchen window!" So I told her "then keep you kitchen window blinds closed, problem solved" followed by an abrupt "get off my property now."

Her constant nagging and complaining went on for about a year and I kept ignoring it. One day she called the police because I was "interfering with her computer speakers." The officer visited her house, then came over to attempt to tell me to stop what I was doing. I told him I'm federally licensed to do what I'm doing and he wasn't legally authorized to tell me anything pertaining to my radio communications.

Officer departed, coming back about an hour later with the same complaint, informing me if he had to come back again, he'd arrest me for "disturbing the peace." I informed him should he come back he'd best bring his watch commander, whom I know personally.

Sure enough, another hour goes by and Sheriff' Deputy is at my door, this time with the watch commander. So I opened my door, looked the watch commander in the eye and said "So, what's up Robb? What brings you here? Arresting me?"

He responded "No" followed by ordering the Sheriff's Deputy to apologize for saying he'd arrest me on a trumped up bullshit charge. They then had to go to the complaining neighbor's house and inform her there was nothing they could do, "it's out of their jurisdiction."

That was about a year ago. Shortly after that incident I painted a satellite dish bright pink and mounted it on my tower, pointing straight at her kitchen window.

Now, there was nothing connected to that satellite dish at all. Yet somehow, "everything" in her house was now getting interference.

I left that dish on my tower pointed straight at her window until the day she moved out about a month ago now.

That dish was up for about a year. It had the intended effect and my new neighbors are much nicer. Zero complaints about interference and frankly the husband thinks my hobby is "cool."

37 posted on 12/21/2013 9:30:48 AM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: ilovesarah2012

The citizens stopped using tar and feathers on tyrants like this Jack booted thug.


38 posted on 12/21/2013 9:31:07 AM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Garden City is unique entity. The police have two functions- one is to keep the border safe from the Hempstead inhabitants and the other is raise revenue by stopping landscaping trucks passing thru.


39 posted on 12/21/2013 9:33:58 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: ilovesarah2012

I guess the Mob will install hidden underground carwashes now and make a killing cleaning cars.


40 posted on 12/21/2013 9:35:09 AM PST by macglencoe (You see what the left hand is doing, but you should be watching the right hand.)
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To: Michael.SF.

The police could have responded by telling the neighbor that the car washing was legal but making frivolous phone calls to the police is not.


41 posted on 12/21/2013 9:37:20 AM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Venturer

Spray the neighbor’s lawn with a concentrated solution of Atrazine 80W.Can’t grow grass on that dirt for 5 years.


42 posted on 12/21/2013 9:39:18 AM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Venturer

Had a busybody neighbor down the street where we used to live. Few years back. Drove everyone on the street crazy. Guy was a mega Oklahoma State fan. Someone, (not saying who) wrote on his drive way with “Son-of-a-gun” OSU Sucks. Couldn’t see it when the concrete was dry. Everytime it rained his driveway said “OSU Sucks”. For 3 or 4 years... :)


43 posted on 12/21/2013 9:40:16 AM PST by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: usconservative

Dude, you should have referenced the FCC required “interference disclamer” on her speakers.


44 posted on 12/21/2013 9:41:49 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations: The acronym defines the science.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Interesting. So now it’s unlawful to do anything your jerk neighbor wants to complain about?

Then the police become personal harassment agents for *anyone* that finds *anything* offensive? Poor judgement on the part of the police, not simply the officer involved.

Seems to me that the police should have told the complainer tough beans, the man’s not doing anything illegal. Then simply driven by, saying nothing while noting that there was no illegal activity taking place.

How about, your fat, ugly wife picks up the newspaper in her robe and I find that to be an offensive sight which is not allowed in public view.


45 posted on 12/21/2013 9:42:12 AM PST by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: Venturer; ilovesarah2012
The Police man was just doing his job.

Sure he was..

When they told the cop “This is private property” the cop stated:

“That’s what you say”

46 posted on 12/21/2013 9:50:18 AM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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Between the lines:

the brothers buy and sell alot of cars, they work on them in the drive way, they wash them, they probably got the neighbor twerked off because the neighbor views it as them operating a business in the driveway because it is all the time.

Its not about washing the car, its about a business.


47 posted on 12/21/2013 9:50:50 AM PST by RBStealth (--raised by wolves, disciplined and educated by nuns.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel
Dude, you should have referenced the FCC required “interference disclamer” on her speakers.

I not only referenced it, I printed it and put it in her mailbox for her. She was just one of those "special women" if you know what I mean.

48 posted on 12/21/2013 9:54:05 AM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: All

In Wichita, Kansas, it’s illegal to bathe your donkey in a bathtub on the front lawn, on Sundays.

Not kidding.


49 posted on 12/21/2013 9:56:00 AM PST by PrairieLady2
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To: ilovesarah2012
I liked the cop. He got a call from his superiors & did what he was told to do. He knew it was a nuisance complaint. Car looks like it might have been previous owner's winter rat. Whiny neighbor probably did not like the idea that the car was going to be sitting in a driveway in his neighborhood. Whiny neighbor prolly makes lots of those types of calls.

Young men were polite. I held my breath when one said to go ahead & write ticket if they would get one, but it did not go any further than that.

As for a ticket, if one was written I would take it, go to court & have cop explain to the judge why he why he ticketed someone for washing car in own driveway. I would hope the judge would ask how many tickets he has issued to those washing cars in own driveway. :)

50 posted on 12/21/2013 10:04:51 AM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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