Video: Man Gets Ticketed for Warming Up His Car…in His Own Driveway

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The “land of the free” is increasingly becoming anything but, which this story perfectly illustrates.

Last week, Taylor Trupiano did something many Americans do during the cold winter months: he warmed his car up in his driveway for a few minutes while he waited inside his home.

Taylor, who lives in Roseville, Michigan, went out to his car to find that in the short time he’d been inside waiting for it to heat up, he’d gotten a $128 ticket.

“I thought it was some kind of joke at first, and then I was thrown back by it,” he told WXYZ. “I was really surprised.”

“I was in and out in probably about 7-8 minutes,” he added. “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.”

There is no state law against leaving your car turned on and unattended, but dozens of cities across Michigan have local ordinances.

Roseville Police Chief James Berlin is unapologetic, and naturally, is defending the policy:

“We have five to ten cars stolen this way every winter. It’s dangerous, and of course it drives everyone’s insurance rates up. It drives our crime rates up. 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.”

Right, the police can’t warn everyone about this law, but they sure can take the time to zip through a neighborhood and hand out $128 tickets to everyone who disobeys it.

Why charge people such an exorbitant amount for committing what amounts to yet another victimless “crime”?

Ticketing someone’s private property on their private property when there is no victim and no harm done to anyone just doesn’t make sense, until you realize that this has nothing to do with safety.

It’s simply one more revenue generation tactic.

Trupiano posted a photo of the ticket on Facebook, and it got a lot of attention:

Taylor told ClickOnDetroit that the officer didn’t knock on his door to warn him that his car warming up unattended was dangerous, or that there was even rule about such things:

“That would have been respectful. I had no clue that this was a law, an ordinance.”

He isn’t the only one who is upset: Roseville police phones have reportedly been lighting up with calls from people who are furious that Taylor was given a ticket for warming up his car.

Berlin said he’s angry that Taylor referred to the ticketing officer as a “dipshit”:

“You see the disparaging comments he made about my officer?” Berlin said. “Drop dead.”

That seems like an extreme response to an understandably upset citizen’s choice of words on social media, doesn’t it? “Drop dead?” Who are the police supposed to be serving and protecting again? Oh, yeah – that’s right – that’s no longer the purpose of law enforcement.

Taylor said he didn’t mean to call the officer a name, but he doesn’t want the ticket:

“Unattended car? I’ve done this every day for seven years. Every person warms up their car. We live in Michigan.”

There’s no way every person living in the US can possibly know every local, state, and federal law that exists.

The US now has some 300,000 federal regulations, and the list grows year after year. And, there are about 4,500 federal criminal statutes on the books carrying fines or prison terms for offenders.

As the bureaucrat Dr. Floyd Ferris admits in the novel Atlas Shrugged,

“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them…you create a nation of lawbreakers – and then you cash in on guilt.”

Taylor’s court date is later this month.

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  • roger

    contact marc stevens dot net, NOW!!! this shit is stupid, and the police chief really is a dipshit.

  • cargosquid

    Blaming the victim.
    I don’t care if I leave the doors and windows open and the car running, it is not my fault if the car is stolen.
    Yes…it made it easier to steal. Still not my fault. Another party decided to break the law.

    • Farmhand

      There it is. Plain as day, but do the Statist see that?…Nope.

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          • Elaine.Benes, II

            She’s a whooore Tony (Soprano)…remember that? LOL

    • Uncle Sham

      It’s like fining women for wearing short skirts, saying it promotes rape

      • Elaine.Benes, II

        Very similar idiocracy isn’t it?

    • Elaine.Benes, II

      Ok so let’s think about this for a sec…because some fuckin thief MIGHT
      come onto MY property UNINVITED and TRESPASSING while i am putting my kid’s lunch together and getting ready to be separated from her for 10 hours so i can go to work (and maybe make enough money to pay the bills but not be able to buy any groceries) and get her to the Libtard public school l am forced to send her to and she is forced to attend…so anyway because some asshole car thief MIGHT take MY vehicle from MY property which he has no business being on in the first place, a POS cop can enforce a law passed by a bunch or a few of POS County Commissioners to FINE ME $100 some odd bucks just because i don’t want to freeze my ass off before i start my day of slavery for The Fed or The Govt or The Illuminati or whoever the F it is that takes over one-third of our money? REALLY?

      • cargosquid

        And liberals wonder why government is disliked.

    • RAPTOR 555

      Just more libturd logic, eh?

  • Unclezip

    What’s the problem, chief? Dipshit seems apropos.

  • randy wellman

    he might change his tune if a few thousand citizens surrounded the courthouse and demanded repeal of that law……..GIT BUSY!

    • wanderer

      they are running out of straws and provoking americans… lousy police force out there everywhere.

  • SP_88

    So instead of keeping an eye out for scumbag car thieves, officer Dipshit decided to punish the victim. Great job Dipshit. Meanwhile, as this cop is writing a most asinine ticket, someone else is actually committing a crime. But officer Dipshit won’t be able to respond because he is too busy fucking this innocent victim out of $128.00.
    Shouldn’t they be giving these fines to the assholes that are stealing cars? WTF happened to America? When did people decide to let local, state and federal governments create a nation of “innocent criminals” for the purpose of robbing them? People need to stand up against this shit, or pretty soon everything will be illegal and they will simply charge everyone a “crime tax” without even bothering to accuse anyone of anything.

    • DEB

      This is how they make their money with ‘corporatized’ prisons. Most prisons are ‘for profit’ and not state or federally owned…but CERTAINLY subsidized by ‘our’ government.

    • Elaine.Benes, II

      Amen. And why not enact a Stoopidity Tax while they’re at it so those assholes can finally contribute something to the bullshit we are all forced to pay for.

  • cmb

    Open season – Every person has an obligation to address these issues as matter of life or death

  • It is not Paranoia

    Officer dipshit…that’s hilarious!

  • ccray218

    2 keys…and my car is locked….

  • dav1bg

    Better ticket homeowners for not locking their doors and night while you are at it.

    • Ned Carbine

      Only if they have a heater or fireplace in the ON mode.

  • John Taurus

    How does the slave master keep his slaves happy? He pounds into their heads daily that they “Live in the Land of the Free”, that they “hate us for our freedom”, and “We’re fighting for FREEDOM”. We have more people in jail in this country than any other country on earth….one fourth of all the world’s prisoners are in jail in the United States…..the Land of the Free Stand by the roadside next to a group of illegal Mexicans and smoke a joint……and see who gets arrested here in the land of the FREE. Slavery never ended, the way in which it was administered changed. The Cracker in the field was replaced by the IRS. 75 cents of every dollar now goes to taxes…..30% right off the top called Federal With holding. State sales tax. Property tax. Gasoline tax. Alcohol tax. Soft drink tax. The list is endless.

  • TrevorD

    “The land of the free” ??
    Yep North Korea looking good right now.

  • Disarmed in CA

    If your car was made this century you do not need to warm it up.
    I live in the mountains. My neighbor insists on warming up his stupid car for 15 minutes every morning while the over-rich exhaust flows straight into my house.
    I’d support giving this guy a ticket, or at least a warning to cut it out. Spray some water/alcohol mix on the windows to aid defrosting, turn on your heated seats and get to work!

    • G’ma G

      I’m guessing it doesn’t get below zero where you live. I have a 91 Geo Metro that floods if not warmed up at those temps before I can “get to work!”.

      • Disarmed in CA

        Recycling centers will give you a couple bucks for that ‘classic’

        • G’ma G

          Yeah but then I would have to get a newer car with a computer to screw it up.

    • Milly Vanilly

      It helps to warm the car up so that the HEATER/DEFROSTER works before you try driving with ice on your windshield & freezing yourself until it heats up.The sprays are not that good & many people don’t have heated seats.
      I can see that you are upset because of your neighbor but don’t crucify everyone. The ticket was UNjustified & just a revenue making policy.

      • Peter Clifford

        Well you TURN the HEATER on you know like AC but in reverse Geez…

        • Milly Vanilly

          Hmmm… Hot water on a freezing windshield…..LOL.

    • Ned Carbine

      Fah Que.

      • Elaine.Benes, II

        LOL indeed…

    • g.johnon

      when it is michigan in winter type cold out, the object is to warm up the interior of the car, not the motor.
      but you are right about your neighbor if he is assaulting you with unpleasant and unhealthy exhaust vapors every morning. if you have not asked him to stop, do so. if he will not stop, sue him plus file a criminal complaint. any half ass lawyer (all lawyers are half ass) can give you legal details of the proper legal offenses.

  • G’ma G

    All other arguments aside where this breaks down is that the car was not stolen, no police response was required to use city resources. He needs to bill the city for their demanded appearance under threat of force. A “technical” point is any lack of evidence that he was engaged in a licsenced activity at the time of the citation.

    • landy fincannon

      Any good links , other than Eddie Craig. We’ll need to be well prepared too confront the admiralty court

      • G’ma G

        Someone is keeping the judges informed of the things being done in court to hold them accountable. The bottom line is that judges are corrupt and will violate due process without hesitation. We have to “surprise” them by doing something unique like challenging for proof you were engaged in a licensed (regulated) activity which they absolutely cannot prove in this case with the car being on the owners’ own property. We also have to catch them off guard by billing them for our time. Do they ticket businesses letting their vehicles warm up on their property? Of course not because the business owners would not tolerate such an interference. It wouldn’t hurt to point out the prejudice this demonstrates. The pendulum is only going to swing when enough people reclaim their sovereign right to live in peace and not be molested by government unless and until we hurt another sovereign–that is the contract we have with our government. When government no longer protects we no longer have a duty to obey. Fortunately this is not a criminal charge.

        Cheers from berrybestfarm at protonmail dot com

        • landy fincannon

          Thanks !

  • Peter Clifford

    Next Time Taylor WARM YOUR CAR IN THE GARAGE or CARPORT that is in the back yard then NO TICKET!

    • g.johnon

      or just lock the car up while it is warming. then you have case.

  • michael lawless

    ticket the pig for trespassing

  • Mike

    Theft PERIOD.

  • Larry

    This is an example of why I have held for years that every government employee needs to be dragged into the high street and snuffed. Get the pig up here let’s all just beat his ass beyond recognition and by all means in the interim don’t do anything to assuage a REAL criminal !!! Worthless pigs !!!

  • DEB

    This police chief’s job will be lost come the next election…if that’s the way they do those things there. I would have this sucker impeached ASAP. This kind of behavior is unacceptable as a ‘servant for the people’. BOO HISS!!!

    • g.johnon

      this is not a sheriff here, he was probably not elected. but those who hired him can be made to fear the loss of their jobs.

  • Steve Rusk

    They don’t really care if your car’s stolen, of all the vehicles left unattended warming up only a very small fraction are ever stolen, it’s really about the money. All those cars idling in cold weather do represent a huge opportunity for revenue enhancement. The excuse needed for local government to reach into your pockets and take what they want and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it.

    • g.johnon

      steve; that is not a good way to think. we live in a nation founded by men who risked their lives to show us that there is always something we can do about tyranical behavior.
      when we start believing there is nothing we can do, america is lost forever.

      • Steve Rusk

        This country was founded by men who were intent setting up their own brand of tyranny, remember this country is a “republic’ not a “democracy”. Public awareness is much greater about the escalating police violence and murders, just look at how well correcting that situation is going. Ticketing people for idling cars is only about the money, what chance do we have.

        • g.johnon

          cant really telll you until you are ready to lay down your own life for liberty. once that happens, i wont have to.

          • Steve Rusk

            Liberty??? Where’s that at? Are you saying I should be willing to die fighting over a ticket for an idling car?

          • g.johnon

            moron alert!

          • Steve Rusk

            What, you have no answer?

          • g.johnon

            of course, would you like one that is just as stupid as the question? good, cuz ii already gave it to you.

          • Steve Rusk

            You’re still evading the questions.

          • g.johnon

            no steve, i was not evading the questions. i was ignoring them. ergo, refusing to validate by giving them the underserved attention needed to answer.

            see the difference?

  • landy fincannon

    So , the home “owner” thinks he owns the property? I guess he has never heard of an “allodial” title. Try not paying the. “maintenance ” tax on your property.

    As far as the car goes. See how long you keep “your” car if you travel/drive without

  • RAPTOR 555

    I used to warm up my car in the wintertime in PA where they had an ordinance in the 50s and 60s but locked the doors (legal). If this guy didn’t lock his doors he deserved the ticket for stupidity. Why should the taxpayers pay if his car is stolen?

    • Steve Rusk

      The car was in his driveway at home, not at the shopping center. Since when do “taxpayers” pay for stolen vehicles?

      • RAPTOR 555

        Q. What do people do when they find their car was stolen?
        A. They call the police to report it stolen.

        Q. Who pays for the police?
        A. (I’ll let you figure it out for yourself).

        • Steve Rusk

          We pay for them anyway, would you prefer that they sat in their car eating donuts all day? If they had something else to do maybe they wouldn’t spend as much time beating and killing people.

          • RAPTOR 555

            Now that’s typical libturd logic and lies. The next time you’re in trouble call a black muslim so the cop doesn’t kill you.

          • Steve Rusk

            I’m not a damn Liberal. Conservatives are only the obvious hypocrites, Liberals are the subtle, devious ones.
            You’re the expert on Liberty, so tell me the easiest way to tell the difference between Tyranny and Democracy.

          • RAPTOR 555

            A REAL conservative wouldn’t be stereotyping cops the way you did and your post makes no sense.

          • Steve Rusk

            Apparently some issues must be supported blindly, no matter right or wrong, police violence being one of them.

            I didn’t say I was a Conservative.

            You can’t tell me the difference between tyranny and Democracy?

            Tyranny comes with lies, with Democracy there is no need for deception. Our two major political parties are both masters of the big lie, what does that tell you about the state of “Liberty” in this country?

  • James Kroeger

    Absolutely asinine! If there is no law on the books, then fight it!

  • Tatiana Covington

    “In the land of the guilt-ridden, the psychopath is king.” — Paraphrasing HG Wells

  • Arrow

    Received one about 3 years ago leaving my condo in Aurora, Colorado at 5 am. Sent it along with a letter to the Chief of Police essentially telling him to deal with it or I would file a claim against him personally. It just went away. It’s clearly an attempt to extort money from you.

  • mpow66m

    is the cop allowed to go on PP like that?

  • Bob Heigh

    They’d have a hay day in Saskatchewan. People go into restaurants for meals and leave their cars running the whole time. Some big semi’s leave their trucks running all night in the truck stops pretty much across Canada.
    The police there are ludicrous, they should be out dealing with actually crimes, not making up ways to suck more money out of the public……………….Peggy.

  • ihaveaheadache

    I would hope the Daily Sheeple will follow-up on this story. I would like to know if the ticket/fine is dismissed. Will the people in Michigan, a state whose economy has been greatly depressed and hit hard with a severely decreased number of available jobs, rise up to get such a ridiculous law stricken from the books? I don’t care where you live, most of us don’t have a great deal of “disposable” income. If the police are that desperate for money, then perhaps they could have fundraisers! I believe this law was likely put into effect on the sly, keeping it quiet so as to catch the greatest number of citizens possible unaware, so as to maximize its affect for putting money in the city’s coffers. Once the cat’s out of the bag, then it has lost its “punch!” That’s when leadership needs to be voted out! Find out who introduced the law, who approved it and who signed it into law. It’s public record. DRAIN THE SWAMP!!!

  • Dallas Yu

    Dipshit? He can do better than that. What about Officious Administrative Prick?

  • CUgator

    What’s next?
    Will leaving your front door unlocked get you a ticket?