A Montreal driver says his passionate rendition of C+C Music Factory’s 1990 hit “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” earned him a $149 fine.
On September 27, Taoufik Moalla was driving to the store to purchase some water when the cheesy 1990s pop hit began playing. Without any hesitation, he began passionately singing along. As he belted notes in his car, he heard a police siren playing behind him.
“I was thinking they wanted to pass, but they called on the speaker, ‘Please go to the right side,’” Moalla told CTV Montreal. “I stopped and four police came, two on each side, and checked the inside of the car. Then they asked me if I screamed. I said, ‘No, I was just singing.’”
According to Moalla, police checked his license and registration and then came back with a $149 ticket. The offense? Screaming in public. A Montreal bylaw states: “to cause disorder by screaming” violates “peace and tranquility” and is punishable by a fine of $50 to $1,000 for a first offense and $100 to $2,000 for subsequent infractions.
Said Moalla, “I don’t know if my voice was very bad and that’s why I got the ticket, but I was very shocked. I understand if they are doing their job, they are allowed to check if everything’s okay, if I kidnapped someone or if there’s danger inside but I would never expect they would give me a ticket for that.”
He added that his singing wasn’t very loud. Apparently it sounded “just if you are happy and you like this song.” Though the ordeal was ridiculous, the Montreal citizen managed to keep calm. He recalled, “I said, ‘Okay, thank you,’ because I know I can contest the ticket. They were doing their job.”
Moalla will be contesting the ticket. He says that once he is in front of a judge, he will simply recount how he got the ticket. “Imagine if the Canadiens won a game,” he said. “All the fans are going to scream out of their cars. They’re going to sing. Are you going to give them all tickets?”
Humorously, his wife said she isn’t surprised her husband’s vocals resulted in a fine. Moalla told the press, “She told me, if it was for singing, I’d have given you a ticket for $300.”
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