Taoufik Moalla was hit with a $149 ticket for singing along to “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” while driving in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Sept. 27.
Moalla told CTV News that four police officers thought he was screaming when he was actually singing to the 1990 C+C Music Factory hit (sung by Martha Wash):
I was thinking they wanted to pass, but they called on the speaker “Please go to the right side.” 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.
I don’t know if my voice was very bad and that’s why I got the ticket. But I was very shocked. I understand if they are doing their job, they are allowed to check if everything’s okay, if I kidnapped someone or if there’s danger inside but I would never expect they would give me a ticket for that.
I said okay, thank you, because I know I can contest the ticket. They were doing their job. Imagine if the Canadiens won a game. All the fans are going to scream out of their cars. They’re going to sing. Are you going to give them all tickets?
Moalla said his wife would have fined him too: “She told me, if it was for singing, I’d have given you a ticket for $300.”
(Source: CTV News)