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Is a sticker a reason to conduct a traffic stop?
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Elderly couple pulled over after their Buckeye car decal is mistaken for a marijuana leaf

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-s...ncaaf.html

Quote:Apparently Ohio State – and college football in general – isn’t very popular in the state of Tennessee.

At least not with the police.

Bonnie Jonas-Boggioni, 65, and her husband were driving home to Plano, Texas from Columbus after attending her mother-in-law’s funeral when a pair of black police SUV’s stopped the couple a few miles outside of Memphis.

“Knowing I wasn’t speeding, I couldn’t imagine why,” Jonas-Boggioni told the Columbus Dispatch. “They were very serious. They had the body armor and the guns.”

On the back of Jonas-Boggioni’s car was a Buckeye leaf decal, similar to the one players’ have on their helmets, and cops mistakenly thought it was marijuana leaf.

Yes, really.

Yes, this did happen, and this is really one of the reasons I don't put any stickers on my car. You can never be sure when someone is going to overstep their authority.
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#2
....because everyone knows drug dealers advertise their businesses with bumper stickers....
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#3
Bravo...

Quote:As for Jonas-Boggioni, she acknowledged the cop’s wishes, but got back in her car without removing the sticker.

“I didn’t take it off,” Jonas-Boggioni told the paper. “This little old lady is no drug dealer.”
Big Grin

I'm no fan of stickers either, but maybe for different reasons?

I think I'd like to get a Buckeye hat, a Buckeye t-shirt, a Buckeye flag, and 500 Buckeye stickers all over my car and parade in front of their police station while carrying a poster with pictures of the officers labeled "morons" so all their buddies could see.

I don't react well to tyranny, thugs, bullies, and jack-booted power-tripping retards with badges. Of course all this would be after pursuing the formal complaint process.
“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”

William Pitt
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#4
Great example of why stickers aren't the best idea in the world. It may not be right, but it does happen. I would rather not paint a target on my own back.
The law? The law is a human institution...
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#5
And so what if it was a pot leaf. What law is there that says you can not put a sticker of a pot leaf on a car? Maybe you support medical marijuana or just think that marijuana should be legal. Maybe you think the pot leaf looks cool. Maybe you do it just because we have freedom or speech and expression in this country. By no means is it RAS in my opinion. Following a car with the stench of marijuana smoke coming out of it, maybe. But a sticker?
Everytime we look the other way when someone else loses rights we disagree with, we make it easier to lose the rights we support.

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Internet troll;80017 Wrote:And so what if it was a pot leaf. What law is there that says you can not put a sticker of a pot leaf on a car? Maybe you support medical marijuana or just think that marijuana should be legal. Maybe you think the pot leaf looks cool. Maybe you do it just because we have freedom or speech and expression in this country. By no means is it RAS in my opinion. Following a car with the stench of marijuana smoke coming out of it, maybe. But a sticker?



Quote: [Jonas-Boggioni] was too rattled to notice what police department the officers represented. But she suspects that a joint drug-interdiction effort was under way because they had passed several law-enforcement vehicles from different agencies.

Neither the Tennessee Highway Patrol nor the Shelby County sheriff’s office in Memphis had information about the traffic stop. A marijuana sticker would not be a sufficient reason to stop a car, said a spokeswoman for the West Tennessee Drug Task Force.


Once again demonstrating the utility of keeping recording devices on your person or in your vehicle.
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“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”

William Pitt
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Internet troll;80017 Wrote:And so what if it was a pot leaf. What law is there that says you can not put a sticker of a pot leaf on a car? Maybe you support medical marijuana or just think that marijuana should be legal. Maybe you think the pot leaf looks cool. Maybe you do it just because we have freedom or speech and expression in this country. By no means is it RAS in my opinion. Following a car with the stench of marijuana smoke coming out of it, maybe. But a sticker?


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Sie hatten einmal die freiheit willkommen in der neuen welt.

I really hope I got that right. I haven't done much in that language in a while.
This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins. -Ben Franklin
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Connal;80063 Wrote:Sie hatten einmal die freiheit willkommen in der neuen welt.

I really hope I got that right. I haven't done much in that language in a while.

Google likes it. I had to translate it, I haven't studied German since 1974. Rolleyes
“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”

William Pitt
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Curmudgeon;80067 Wrote:
Connal;80063 Wrote:Sie hatten einmal die freiheit willkommen in der neuen welt.

I really hope I got that right. I haven't done much in that language in a while.

Google likes it. I had to translate it, I haven't studied German since 1974. Rolleyes

I haven't since 97. I couldn't tell you the sentence structure. But I remember some of the words.
This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins. -Ben Franklin
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