06 October 2009

A run-in with the NYPD

I am not a good driver. I am not the worst driver ever, but I don't think I'm wonderful at driving. I actually don't really love driving, which was one of the reasons I was so excited to come to NYC-no driving!! Somehow, I managed to make it 6 years only getting pulled over twice and ticketed once.

Now rewind to about 3 weeks ago. I was on the subway coming into work. I had been at work until all hours of the morning the few days before. The train was nearly empty since I was almost to the end of the line. I decided to put my feet on the seat next to me and take a little nap until I got to my stop. The next thing I know, a cop is shining his flashlight at me and beckoning me to get off the train. I get off and go to talk to the cop. He asks if I know why he pulled me off the train. I questioned as to whether it was because my feet were on the seat? That was the only possible explanation I could think of, although that really didn't seem to make much sense to me. He told me that it was and that he was going to have to write me a ticket. WHAT?!? A ticket for having my feet on the seat?!? I told him that I seriously had no idea it was against the law to put your feet on the seat, and that I had just moved to the city 2 weeks before, and asked if there was any way he could let me off with a warning.

He told me no. Flat out no. He assured me that it wouldn't go on my criminal record, that it was like a parking ticket (which ps-I've never gotten a parking ticket!!). No matter what I said, I couldn't get the man to just waive my ticket. He did tell me though, that if I called the number on the back of the ticket and explained what happened, told them I was new in the city, etc etc they would most likely waive or dismiss the ticket. He gave me the ticket and left me standing on the platform, late for work, and waiting for another dumb train to come.

So this morning I finally called the number. I had been putting it off because I was a little scared to call. The lady on the phone tells me that they don't waive tickets over the phone and I'd have to appear for a hearing. Um. No thank you. There goes $50, to the Public Transit Authority whatever. Boo and boo.

I feel like only I could make it 6 years, driving like I do, and only getting one ticket, but then manage to get a ticket on the subway after only 2 weeks in the city!

6 comments:

Lauren Kay said...

I can't believe that's a rule!!! Oh my gosh! You could have come down to DC and back with that $50! (Which by the way, you should do if you want to fork out another 50...)

T-Ray said...

seriously? That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard..... really. And 50 bucks is way more than a parking ticket, that is like a speeding ticket. Pretty retarded.

Russ said...

haha, that's kind of funny! (minus the part that sucks)...remember in Italy how i always put my feet on the seats in trains and got in trouble for it? no tickets though. sorry!

-Emily

Brie and Jeff said...

Seriously?! Who would know that?

Meg said...

BAH!! That is the funniest (and most awful) thing ever. I have never ever in life witnessed such things here!

alli said...

That is so ridiculous. At least you didn't almost get killed by Germans on the train in Austria.....