Unicyclist pulled over by police

Unicyclist pulled over by police

Post by David Ston » Fri, 12 Apr 2002 02:09:01


I was riding home thru Brooklyn yesterday on my Coker. I got to a red
light and saw that the only car coming was still far back enough that I
could easily make it across the street. I crossed in front of it. It was a
police van.

Not thinking anything of it (hey, this is New York; it's not like I
haven't done that before!), I kept going.

Two blocks later, I heard a siren. It was a police van. The officers
seemed to be motioning for me to stop. I was in a rush, so I kept going,
hoping they were after someone else or had just squelched the siren for
another reason. They motioned me to stop. I considered making a break for
it, but this is never too wise, so I hopped off.

They politely admonished me for riding thru a red light and told me not to
do it and to be more careful. I didn't argue back. End of story.

Boy, they sure made it around that block fast!

David Stone

Co-founder, Unatics of NY
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Post by rhyslin » Fri, 12 Apr 2002 02:40:48

Looks like David learned from the Crazy Lady with Mace encounter... this
was definately a cusp moment for him: take flight?   Dismount?   Take
flight?   Could have gone either way.    At least this way, we get to
here it straight from David, instead of CNN.

Do you think you could have lost 'em?

Christopher

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Post by John Fos » Fri, 12 Apr 2002 02:55:58

Quote:
> Two blocks later, I heard a siren. It was a police van. The officers
> seemed to be motioning for me to stop. I was in a rush, so I
> kept going, hoping they were after someone else or had just
> squelched the siren for another reason. They motioned me to stop.
> I considered making a break for it, but this is never too
> wise, so I hopped off.

Of course you can run from the police on a Coker. We see it all the time on
those "driving" TV shows on Discovery and TLC. A guy in a rental van tries
to outrun 5 police cars and a helicopter. I guy drives off a bridge, gets
out of the wrecked car, and keeps running.

Oops, all those people got caught.

Quote:
> They politely admonished me for riding thru a red light and
> told me not to do it and to be more careful.

Wow, you were lucky. You blatantly blew through a red light in front of
them. They could have given you an expensive ticket I bet. Wouldn't *that*
have been something to brag about?

Stay on top,
John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone

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"We were discussing Big Mac Meals. I think that has little if anything to do
with cow parts. There are probably more UNICYCLE parts in a Big Mac than cow
parts." - Greg Harper on cuisine

 
 
 

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Post by jagu » Fri, 12 Apr 2002 02:52:35

did they ask you if you were in the circus?they had to have said
somthing like everybody does.if they did'nt that means they already know
who you are :eek:

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Post by John Fos » Fri, 12 Apr 2002 07:09:23

Quote:
> < "Look, they booked me to ride this bike over here, doooh youu
> understand?".

Oh yes. How many times have I also been in that situation? On the one hand
you have someone in charge of an event, hiring you to do a service. On the
other hand you have someone in charge of security, telling you what not to
do.

So. Who to obey? Well, you have one person who's in charge of the *event*,
of which you are a part. You have another person in charge of security *at*
the event, who may actually be on the payroll of the same person as you. I
would follow the instructions of the person paying me (unless I know them to
be illegal or unsafe).  :-)

Stay on top,
John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone

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"We were discussing Big Mac Meals. I think that has little if anything to do
with cow parts. There are probably more UNICYCLE parts in a Big Mac than cow
parts." - Greg Harper on cuisine

 
 
 

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Post by Import Car Fa » Fri, 12 Apr 2002 09:26:54

That was the funniest post I've read in a long time.
I like your style!

Quote:

> However later -when I ride my mini-bicycle and let people atemp to ride-
> he came over to me.
> Before he reached me I decide to handle the best tactic to drive this
> kind of people crazy: remain calm, fight with clever arguments in stead
> of use of any form of ***.

 
 
 

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Post by The Muniee » Fri, 12 Apr 2002 13:11:10

I agree with Import Car fan, that got a grin from me.  but, err
, uhhh, I still really think my thread on "Materials not for Muni
frame", was funnier:p ...

Drrrr, uhh, especially my response "about being on a stage"

Okay, okay, I'm done with my bad humor.  At least I can ride better than
my humor makes people laugh.

Boy, things must be bad, I really don't want to lesson plan for
tomorrow.

Later.

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Post by David Ston » Sat, 13 Apr 2002 00:04:52

Quote:

>Looks like David learned from the Crazy Lady with Mace encounter... this
>was definately a cusp moment for him: take flight?   Dismount?   Take
>flight?   Could have gone either way.    At least this way, we get to
>here it straight from David, instead of CNN.

>Do you think you could have lost 'em?

>Christopher

Had I felt that I could lose them, then it would have sounded more like:
Take flight?
Dismount?
Take flight?
Dismount?
Take flight?
Dismount?
Take flight?
Dismount?
Take flight?
Dismount?
Take flight?
Dismount?
Take flight?
Dismount?
Take flight?
Dismount?
Crash.

I really DID consider making a 'run' for it but thankfully didn't. Part of
my reasoning (albeit, this came about in a franction of a second, if that
counts for reasoning) was that the ticket might not be so expensive or
might be contestable -- maybe a good chance to get into the whole legal
issue of where unicycles fit. But then I figured, also, that they could
very well spot me again (gee, how many huge unis are there in that part of
Brooklyn?), so dismount won clearly.

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Post by harpe » Sat, 13 Apr 2002 00:39:09

I think Foss is right....a ticket would have constituted unlimited
bragging rights. When it looked like you were going to get off with a
warning it should have been a clue to become belligerent to ensure that
you got that ticket. Next time remember that pushing a police officer
down in front of his colleagues will take that confrontation to the next
level for you. Then, when you're in the back of the squad car with your
hands cuffed behind you, politely remind them that the charge is not
*** but a minor traffic violation and that a unicycle is involved.

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Post by David Ston » Sun, 14 Apr 2002 02:10:44


Quote:

>I think Foss is right....a ticket would have constituted unlimited
>bragging rights. When it looked like you were going to get off with a
>warning it should have been a clue to become belligerent to ensure that
>you got that ticket. Next time remember that pushing a police officer
>down in front of his colleagues will take that confrontation to the next
>level for you.

OK, so just that everyoner understands, I have made this handy matrix:

                        CAR             UNICYCLE
TICKET          big deal!       brag away!
NO TICKET               brag away!      big deal!

David Stone

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1st Sunday / 3rd Saturday

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Post by harpe » Sun, 14 Apr 2002 02:27:55

Quote:

> *

> OK, so just that everyone understands, I have made this handy
> matrix...

> *

Hey. I don't understand. Get Kaplan to show it to his too-serious
physics teacher and ask him to invert it. I think the top row is missing
an element, perhaps a Krispy-Kreme donut.

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Post by John Fos » Sun, 14 Apr 2002 02:43:16

Quote:
>                    CAR             UNICYCLE
> TICKET             big deal!       brag away!
> NO TICKET          brag away!      big deal!

Funny!

But that's just for the first person to get one. The second person won't be
nearly as cool.

JF

 
 
 

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Post by unibabygu » Sun, 14 Apr 2002 02:39:07

If getting a ticket allows you unlimited bragging rights,
then what does an arrest allow you?

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