A Michigan man has complained after receiving a ticket on his car while it was idling in his driveway.
Nick Taylor left his vehicle running to warm up for several minutes before leaving home, WXYZ reported.
When he came out of his house, he noticed a $128 ticket on his windshield.
“I thought it was some kind of joke at first, and then I was thrown back by it,” Taylor told WXYZ. “I was really surprised.”
Taylor added that the practice was common in Michigan because of the cold.
“I was in and out in probably 7-8 minutes,” added Taylor. “So in that amount of time he ran up here, gave me a ticket and by the time I got out he was nowhere to be seen.”
The officer left a note on the ticket.
“Vehicle parked in drive with keys in ignition, motor running — no one around,” it read, according to WDIV.
Taylor posted a picture of the ticket on his Facebook page and received a large number of comments. But the police defended the decision to issue it.
“We have five to ten cars stolen this way every winter,” Roseville Police Chief James Berlin told WXYZ. “It’s dangerous and of course it drives everyone’s insurance rates up. It drives our crime rates up.”
He added that Taylor should have known better.
“It’s common sense. We can’t warn everybody of the law there is. Common sense says you don’t leave your car running unattended,” he added.
Berlin reacted sharply to Taylor calling the officer names in his Facebook post.
“You see the disparaging comments he made about my officer?” Berlin told WDIV. “Drop dead.”
Taylor is scheduled to appear in court over the incident later in January. But there is no sign he is ready to accept the ticket.
“Every person warms up their car,” Taylor told WDIV. “We live in Michigan!”
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