You are driving along at a normal speed minding your own business when a man wearing a bullet-proof vest and armed with a handgun, mace, and a shotgun in his car forces you to pull over and demands money. If you refuse to pay, you will be kidnapped and forced to live in a cage.
But you think you’re in luck. The armed man is a local cop. He tells you, “I didn’t clock you for speeding, so I can’t give you a speeding ticket. But I’m going to ticket you for “driving too fast for conditions instead.”
You of course have a right to challenge the cop before a judge. You think it’s your lucky day, and you will teach that tax collector, er, I mean, “officer,” a lesson. You explain what happened to the judge to which he responds: “You are absolutely correct. The officer has no proof that you have broken any law.” To which you respond: “Does that mean that I don’t have to pay the $200 ticket?? The “judge answers: “No.”
This story was told by a fellow golfer the other day at the course restaurant. Is there really any difference between this and a Mafia shakedown?
9:57 am on August 15, 2013 Email Thomas DiLorenzo