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Cyclist slapped with ticket for riding with totebag on her handlerbars (NYPD)
NYPOST ^ | 4/15/2011 | David Siefman

Posted on 04/15/2011 5:00:05 AM PDT by GreaterSwiss

"He said, 'Could you get off your bike please?' " she told The Post.

"I said, 'Why?' He said, 'You're not allowed to carry a purse on your handlebars.' I thought he was joking."

Lecomte du Nouy, who had been riding down Columbus Avenue at West 100th Street on Monday at 3 p.m. en route to pick up her 4-year-old daughter at nursery school, said she nearly lost her balance when the cop asked for her driver's license.

"He gets out his little notepad and starts writing things down," she said. "Then I realized he's writing a ticket. I still thought it was a joke."

When she protested, she said the officer comforted her by adding, "Don't worry, you can go to court. The judges always throw these out."

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1 posted on 04/15/2011 5:00:07 AM PDT by GreaterSwiss
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To: GreaterSwiss

One of my “bucket list” items is to get a speeding ticket...on my bicycle.


2 posted on 04/15/2011 5:02:51 AM PDT by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: GreaterSwiss

Glad to hear that there isn’t any real crime in New York City. Sounds like they could lay off a large part of the police department.


3 posted on 04/15/2011 5:02:54 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: GreaterSwiss

This week I was in NYC for three nights. The NY State and NYC tax on my hotel room was $120.


4 posted on 04/15/2011 5:06:20 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: GreaterSwiss
Police brass -- who are currently pushing a widespread crackdown on unlawful cyclists......

Yes, because that's the biggest concern the NYPD should have.

/s

5 posted on 04/15/2011 5:06:31 AM PDT by edpc (Tagline under construction: Your American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars at work.)
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To: GreaterSwiss

” He said, ‘You’re not allowed to carry a purse on your handlebars.’ “

The most dangerous five words in the English Language - “There oughtta be a law...”

” “Don’t worry, you can go to court. The judges always throw these out.” “

Just, wow - leaves ya breathless, don’t it??


6 posted on 04/15/2011 5:08:29 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: GreaterSwiss

Sign over the ant hill:

“ALL THAT IS NOT FORBIDDEN IS MANDATORY!”


7 posted on 04/15/2011 5:12:28 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Uncle Ike

More lunacy from the government.


8 posted on 04/15/2011 5:13:29 AM PDT by jhroberts
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To: GreaterSwiss
In the meantime, she's now so paranoid about getting pulled over while pedaling that she keeps her eyes extra "peeled" for police and has traded her tote for a backpack.

Well... then that policeman's mission is accomplished. Behavior successfully modified.

If, like she's stated, she intends to fight this, she shouldn't be changing anything she does.

9 posted on 04/15/2011 5:14:39 AM PDT by Egon (The difference between Theory and Practice: In Theory, there is no difference.)
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To: GreaterSwiss

Face it, you can’t name 5 things in this country the government doesn’t outright control or heavily influence. This is a tyranny we live in. Sorry.


10 posted on 04/15/2011 5:15:05 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: GreaterSwiss
The judges always throw these out."

But I need to meet my QUOTA...................

11 posted on 04/15/2011 5:18:56 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: GreaterSwiss

I guess the cops have to take a break from shooting peoples’ dogs


12 posted on 04/15/2011 5:19:25 AM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Uncle Ike
The most dangerous five words in the English Language - “There oughtta be a law...”

The most BEAUTIFUL five words in the English Language - “Congress shall make no law...”

13 posted on 04/15/2011 5:20:26 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: Uncle Ike

Don’t worry, you can go to court. The judges always throw these out.”Just, wow - leaves ya breathless, don’t it??
I was pulled over recently on Long Island, NY with all the bells and whistles because one of my tail lights were out. I had no idea that it had blown out. The police officer, looking all serious, would not give me a break, told me there was a “crackdown” on mechanical infractions, but then tried to assure me by insisting that if I got it fixed by a licensed mechanic and showed the bill to the court, I would not be penalized. First of all, he wasted nearly a half hour of my time pulling me over for one burnt out tail light.#2. Although my mechanic did not charge me, I have a nice mechanic, others would have charged #3 If I had replaced the bulb myself, I would have had to prove to another police officer ( oh, just go up to any officer and show him the taillight and ask him to sign the paper within 24 hours) #4.I had to take time off from work to go to traffic court. I look forward one day to living as far “off the grid” as I possibly can.


14 posted on 04/15/2011 5:21:34 AM PDT by sueuprising (The best of it is, God is with us-John Wesley)
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To: GreaterSwiss

New York. I’m so grateful that I’m out of that shithole... forever.


15 posted on 04/15/2011 5:21:40 AM PDT by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: Vision
This week I was in NYC for three nights. The NY State and NYC tax on my hotel room was $120.

Want to stay in the city all weekend, free? Rent an office. Put up a deposit, get a key, enjoy....and late Sat night, phone the landlord and say the place is infested with (name that critter), and that you're going to the health inspector on Monday morning -- oh and the fire inspector too -- and before the dawn on Monday you will get your full deposit back with a smile.

Option two: make yourself a stowaway and on Monday, huffily demand restitution for being locked in. Watch out for security cameras and you'll do fine.

16 posted on 04/15/2011 5:22:04 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Public education is WELFARE.)
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To: AAABEST
New York. I’m so grateful that I’m out of that shithole... forever.

AMEN.

17 posted on 04/15/2011 5:23:50 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Public education is WELFARE.)
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To: subterfuge

“Face it, you can’t name 5 things in this country the government doesn’t outright control or heavily influence. This is a tyranny we live in. Sorry.”
Yes, I have been thinking about this. Everything we do, particularly in urban/suburban areas is heavily patrolled by some kind of government authority. All in the name of “for your own good.” Red light cameras here on Long Island are my current pet peeve. It is a form of entrapment, I believe.


18 posted on 04/15/2011 5:24:42 AM PDT by sueuprising (The best of it is, God is with us-John Wesley)
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To: GreaterSwiss
Courageous.
Where do we find such men who risk it all to serve and protect?
19 posted on 04/15/2011 5:27:06 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap.)
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To: GreaterSwiss
With all the crime in Zoo Yawk City, this is what they come up with? More utter blue state insanity.
20 posted on 04/15/2011 5:27:29 AM PDT by NWFLConservative
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To: sueuprising

had a young nephew pulled over for the same thing (tail light out). It was the hook that allowed the cop to start his “investigation”. Guess the cop was bored. Needless to say, he scared the bejesus out of the kid and wrote him for several minor infractions that he had had to make 6 trips to court (all but last postponed by the court) to get resolved. This has gone too far...


21 posted on 04/15/2011 5:28:38 AM PDT by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: GreaterSwiss

“’You’re not allowed to carry a purse on your handlebars.’”

Wow, where I now live, my bicycle is my only vehicle.
I am going between my beach house, a second house, and market numerous times a day.
I ALWAYS have heavy plastic bags hanging from my handlebar.
I carry everything from wine to diapers.


22 posted on 04/15/2011 5:28:47 AM PDT by AlexW (Proud eligibility skeptic)
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To: GreaterSwiss

Apparently the rate of handbag on handlebar accidents have reached such an intolerable level that it can no longer be ignored.


23 posted on 04/15/2011 5:29:15 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: GreaterSwiss

I think police are cracking down for the revenue. Local police here wrote over 1000 tickets in the last month for seat belt violations.


24 posted on 04/15/2011 5:30:55 AM PDT by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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To: NWFLConservative

” More utter blue state insanity. “

Don’t kid yourself that this kind of ‘insanity’ is limited to one locale, state, or region...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2705190/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2705155/posts

(And that’s just since I got up this morning... )


25 posted on 04/15/2011 5:30:55 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Vision
This week I was in NYC for three nights. The NY State and NYC tax on my hotel room was $120.

************************************

That's appalling. Are they trying to discourage tourism?

26 posted on 04/15/2011 5:33:00 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: edpc

There was another thread about the focus on cyclists. Apparently some rich guy got cut off by a cyclist and donated a bunch of money to NYPD to fund enforcement. Don’t remember all the details but that was the gist of it.


27 posted on 04/15/2011 5:34:02 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Travis McGee

“ALL THAT IS NOT FORBIDDEN IS MANDATORY!”


We’re almost there.


28 posted on 04/15/2011 5:34:47 AM PDT by unkus
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To: Uncle Ike

That’s right...

Texas is one of the worst. I hate driving through Texas, which I do often. I sort of hold my breath till I “make it” through.

We live in a third world shiite hole. It’s time to leave where’s the Mayflower?


29 posted on 04/15/2011 5:36:58 AM PDT by DariusBane (People are like sheep and have two speeds: grazing and stampede)
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To: GreaterSwiss

Apparently I’m the only person among you illuminati who asked the question as to what she was going to do with the 4 year old on the bike in NYC? Put the kid in the tote bag? Strap her to her back? Drag her home behind the bike?
You boys are slipping!


30 posted on 04/15/2011 5:37:36 AM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: mbynack

In Toronto where I used to live before I smartened up, the bloated police force regularly targets cyclists AND pedestrians to bring in revenue. The had a stop sign trap in front of our house 3 days a week and used to ticket riders for rolling stops or riding with one hand at 200 bucks a pop. It was like shooting fish in a barrel. Ironically, the unmarked car was parked right in front of the house of a major drug dealer who had a traffic jam in the back alley every Saturday night with customers. To shut that down would have required risk and effort. The worst part of all of this is that 25 percent of Toronto police officers make over 100k per year which is part of the deficit problem in the first place!


31 posted on 04/15/2011 5:38:41 AM PDT by Antioch (Benedikt Gott Geschickt)
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To: mbynack

In Toronto where I used to live before I smartened up, the bloated police force regularly targets cyclists AND pedestrians to bring in revenue. The had a stop sign trap in front of our house 3 days a week and used to ticket riders for rolling stops or riding with one hand at 200 bucks a pop. It was like shooting fish in a barrel. Ironically, the unmarked car was parked right in front of the house of a major drug dealer who had a traffic jam in the back alley every Saturday night with customers. To shut that down would have required risk and effort. The worst part of all of this is that 25 percent of Toronto police officers make over 100k per year which is part of the deficit problem in the first place!


32 posted on 04/15/2011 5:38:56 AM PDT by Antioch (Benedikt Gott Geschickt)
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To: mbynack

In Toronto where I used to live before I smartened up, the bloated police force regularly targets cyclists AND pedestrians to bring in revenue. The had a stop sign trap in front of our house 3 days a week and used to ticket riders for rolling stops or riding with one hand at 200 bucks a pop. It was like shooting fish in a barrel. Ironically, the unmarked car was parked right in front of the house of a major drug dealer who had a traffic jam in the back alley every Saturday night with customers. To shut that down would have required risk and effort. The worst part of all of this is that 25 percent of Toronto police officers make over 100k per year which is part of the deficit problem in the first place!


33 posted on 04/15/2011 5:39:08 AM PDT by Antioch (Benedikt Gott Geschickt)
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To: sueuprising

Our local “conservative” talk radio guy loves the traffic light cams. They are nothing more than revenue generating devices. I got nailed by one last year and it came with 2 photos of my vehicle and the speed i was supposedly going was attached. One pic, I’m sitting at the light and one of my brake lights is even on. The next photo shows me exactly half way through the light, a full truck lenth. I was making a right turn and at 14 mph as the ticket claimed I was going, I would have had to be at least 45 feet, TWICE as far as the photo showed! I just paid the damn thing. $125.

The government is in full control of most things. The air you breathe, the ground you walk on, what you may view, how you may travel. All of the things we consider to be naturally free and part of freedom—big government controls it all.


34 posted on 04/15/2011 5:41:09 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: AlexW

“I carry everything from wine to diapers..”

Just a suggestion, but maybe if you cut back on the wine consumption, you wouldn’t need so many diapers. (((giggle)))


35 posted on 04/15/2011 5:41:44 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: GreaterSwiss

She was going to pick up her child at nursery school.

Was the child going to ride on the handlebars too?


36 posted on 04/15/2011 5:45:03 AM PDT by Carley (UNION AGITATORS, NO DIFFERENT THAN THE ARAB STREET. UGLY AND VIOLENT)
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To: GreaterSwiss

She should be happy to be contributing to the swell salary, great pension, and gold-plated lifetime healthcare benefits of a member of the Holy Trinity of the Left - the “heroes” of the Police, Firefighters & Teachers Public Unions...


37 posted on 04/15/2011 5:48:56 AM PDT by kiryandil
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To: Doc Savage

“Apparently I’m the only person among you illuminati who asked the question as to what she was going to do with the 4 year old on the bike in NYC? Put the kid in the tote bag? Strap her to her back? Drag her home behind the bike?
You boys are slipping!”

They make seats that attach over the back wheel for kids that size. They are fairly common where I live.


38 posted on 04/15/2011 5:50:38 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: momtothree

“maybe if you cut back on the wine consumption, you wouldn’t need so many diapers. (((giggle)))”
__________________________________

Grrrrrrrrrrr :P


39 posted on 04/15/2011 5:51:14 AM PDT by AlexW (Proud eligibility skeptic)
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To: Vision
This week I was in NYC for three nights. The NY State and NYC tax on my hotel room was $120.

If you want to be a big shot, you've got to throw some money around.

40 posted on 04/15/2011 5:54:38 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: GreaterSwiss
said she nearly lost her balance when the cop asked for her driver's license.

You need a DL for a bicycle?

41 posted on 04/15/2011 5:55:44 AM PDT by EBH ( Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.)
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To: Uncle Ike
” “Don’t worry, you can go to court. The judges always throw these out.” “

Just, wow - leaves ya breathless, don’t it??

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Cops say this to cut any argument short. It will not be thrown out.

42 posted on 04/15/2011 5:57:16 AM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: momtothree

Maybe she belongs to the ‘Free To Pee Liberation Army Against Bladder Tyranny’ movement.


43 posted on 04/15/2011 5:58:39 AM PDT by Leisler (Our debts are someone's profit. Follow the money, the vig.....)
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To: GreaterSwiss
Lecomte du Nouy

Say what?

44 posted on 04/15/2011 5:59:03 AM PDT by JohnG45
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Officer, it’s called discretion. You were trained, just like every other officer in the US, that you have it and should exercise it. Letter of the law vs. spirit of the law; sometimes you have to decide which is best for the situation.

Part of an officer’s job is to gain compliance with laws and scratching off worthless tickets is not always the best way to do it.

If there is an ordinance for this and you feel you must detain someone for this, show some compassion, and inform the citizen of the ordinance, ask for compliance, and then once satisfied, send them on their way, without a ticket and perhaps a smaller degree of respect for LE in general. There are much bigger issues than this to tackle.

I get the feeling this is because of some administrator saying, “Jones, your summons count is down. Step it up or your evaluation (raise) is going to suffer.” Ticket quotas are absolute BS, citizen contacts are a much better way to guage productivity and it shows a bit more compassion for the citizenry as well.

Folks, there are a lot of useless laws out there, contact your legislators to have them repealed or abolished.


45 posted on 04/15/2011 6:01:22 AM PDT by Molon Labbie
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To: GreaterSwiss

While the media mistakenly attempt to portray entire generations as homogeneous groups (Greatest Generation, Gen X, etc.) there has always been a certain segment of the population worth watching. They were the kids who struggled to maintain a C average and typically bought every line of rubbish spouted by a social studies or government studies teacher.

In their heart of hearts they knew that they didn’t have the logical skills, intelligence and/or plain old courage to enter the workforce and achieve a supervisory or management position so very early on they opted for their high school’s criminal justice program. Their fantasy, stoked by adults who should have known better, was that donning a uniform would result in instant respect and elevation in the societal hierarchy. They no longer had to worry about being on the right side of an argument or using common sense - the uniform and the law justified whatever they did. It was very liberating.

I hear cops saying many of them took the job for the benefits and with an eye on retirement from day one. Yes, there are dangers, but for every widely printed dramatic story of a nut with a gun there are 1,000 humdrum instances of de facto automatons seeking and punishing harmless ‘crimes.’ Nuts with guns and drug dealers are an expensive and dangerous proposition. Scofflaws who ‘speed’ by going 5 mph over an artificially low posted limit and those who are (gasp) callous and dangerous enough to place their tote bag on their bicycle handlebars, however, are a lucrative and nonthreatening population who will part with $75 (and don’t forget those court costs) to avoid our corrupt and equally misguided legal system.

Law enforcement and its sympathizers are quick to point out that the officers are human beings too, have families, etc. etc. If that’s true then why do they leave common sense, perspective and decency on the nightstand when they leave?


46 posted on 04/15/2011 6:01:41 AM PDT by relictele
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To: GreaterSwiss

I’ll bet the publicity people for movie, “Atlas Shrugged” are delighted with the timing of this item in the New York Post. I understand that movie opens today.


47 posted on 04/15/2011 6:01:45 AM PDT by Mobties (Reduce the government footprint! Let the markets work!)
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To: Leisler

“... Free To Pee Liberation Army Against Bladder Tyranny”

Too funny... although I am getting up there in some years myself. Perhaps I should join!!


48 posted on 04/15/2011 6:02:42 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: EBH

NYC needs money.


49 posted on 04/15/2011 6:03:24 AM PDT by oldsicilian
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To: GreaterSwiss

Go green. Green is the color of the city revenue that is generated by interfering with people and commerce.
I know, that’s way too complex for NYC dwellers. They have been preoccupied with rebuilding the WTC. Oh, sorry, I mean filing union complaints and suits against everyone except the people who brought down the towers.


50 posted on 04/15/2011 6:09:06 AM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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