Cop: Dropped charitable contribution equals littering

What most people consider litter. (AJC)

What most people consider litter. (AJC)

DeKalb County pedestrians’ hobby of choice, littering, works a lot differently in Ohio, where a man faces up to a $500 fine for dropping a $1 bill he was attempting to give a street urchin.

Motorist John Davis tells Cleveland’s Fox station that he was stopped in traffic and saw a man on the roadside in a wheelchair seeking charitable contributions. The man was even holding a “religious” sign, so clearly he was worth helping.

Davis, whose brother is also in a wheelchair, reached for his wallet.

He rolled down his window and handed the less fortunate Cleveland denizen two bucks, but one of the dollar bills fell to the ground. The man in the wheelchair picked up the dropped cash and Davis continued on his way until a Cleveland police officer pulled him over and wrote him a ticket for littering.

The ticket cites Davis for “Throw [sic] paper out window” and in parentheses, “money to panhandler,” Fox 8 reports.

Police officials refused comment on the ticket, but said Davis may have been cited incorrectly. Another city ordinance states it is illegal to “transfer currency… to any person standing on a street or highway.”

There’s no ordinance stopping Atlanta drivers from throwing money out a window, police tell me.

Fox 8 says the ticket has “destroyed [Davis'] joy.”

Don’t let the man get you down that easily.

32 comments Add your comment

Look before I leap...

May 23rd, 2012
12:20 pm

I remember as a child, I believed the police were there to protect and serve the general interests of society.

Sadly it gets harder by the day to maintain that belief.

JT

May 23rd, 2012
12:34 pm

I’m sure a real crime was happening somewhere else, but Barney Fife was busy making sure that American currency didn’t dirty up the already polluted streets.

Bluto

May 23rd, 2012
12:52 pm

Look before I leap, you sound like you were a stupid child and a gullible adult. Time to put your big boy pants on and realize the world is not perfect.

tyler

May 23rd, 2012
1:00 pm

Cops are nothing but armed tax collectors. You can’t defend yourself in court against what they feel like doing that day. Guilty until proven innocent, unless you have more time and money than they do, which you don’t.

Forest

May 23rd, 2012
1:08 pm

Mama said ” Stupid is as Stupid Does”.

Not Disappointed

May 23rd, 2012
1:17 pm

Are you serious!

Midtown123

May 23rd, 2012
1:21 pm

Just ANOTHER example of police abusing their power. What a prick. That cop probably had his butt kicked in high school so many times and now uses his badge to pick on others.

shootoutloss

May 23rd, 2012
1:27 pm

Karma will hit that cop hard.

shootoutloss

May 23rd, 2012
1:28 pm

Especially in his field of duty.

Really....

May 23rd, 2012
1:40 pm

He was just mad that he didn’t “throw [sic] paper out window” to him…..

Quota met

May 23rd, 2012
1:43 pm

That officer had a daily ticket writing quota to meet before he got off of his shift. Why not waste it on something as frivolous as this?

Spade

May 23rd, 2012
2:09 pm

Unbelievable…true waste of tax payer $$!

Fan

May 23rd, 2012
2:24 pm

Hey, no good deed goes unpunished. If the police office hadn’t wrote him a ticket, he wouldn’t have met his quota, if he doesn’t meet his quota, his supervisor wouldn’t get his bonus, if his supervisor doesn’t get his bonus than the big boss doesn’t get to go to Hawaii to discuss how to fight crime on the street and make a video laughing at the taxpayer who is paying their salaries.

Tim

May 23rd, 2012
2:33 pm

So is Dekalb going to cite people when the firemen hold their annual boot campaign with is clearly against county ordinance according to this.

Chris Smith

May 23rd, 2012
2:45 pm

WARNING! If you want to avoid traffic court and fines for increasingly asinine tickets that are complete BS, stay FAR FAR away from Chamblee, GA.

Don’t even THINK about crossing a solid line on PIB when merging into a turn lane to make a turn. The armed tax collectors are there to pull you over for your cash to help compensate the lack of tax revenue that the illegal aliens are NOT paying.

Public Service Announcement.

Chamblee, GA has collected their last dime from me.

dood

May 23rd, 2012
3:04 pm

Did the guy in the wheelchair get a ticket for loitering?

protect and serve

May 23rd, 2012
3:27 pm

power hungry thug police–the new AMERIKA! they own the street

trudy

May 23rd, 2012
3:31 pm

littering? how come companies can leave huge yellow page directories on my property?? isn’t that littering???

Ej

May 23rd, 2012
3:58 pm

What a shame, because this police officer is giving the good ones a bad name. What a douche!

CH

May 23rd, 2012
5:08 pm

I bet he didn’t ticket the person throwing their butts out the window. Just think of the money they would be collecting.

DLink

May 23rd, 2012
5:16 pm

I’d have to get unpleasant to say what needs to be said. As long as somebody tosses drifters money, they’ll stop drifting. What happens when every store has someone outside of it asking for money? It gets old fast.

Every expressway off ramp, someone banging on the window asking for money. Quick Trip has a policy of running anybody asking for money off the property for a reason. Got hit up by all of them today in DeKalb County. Ohio apparently had enough of its fair share to make a law. If it’s against the law, it’s usually a problem. That the officer wasn’t trained to explain the correct law and reason for it is also a problem. Give to charities people, don’t feed the scammers.

Disavowed

May 23rd, 2012
5:19 pm

The cops exist to serve and protect…….the rich! As a common citizen you are nothing to the government but a “Cash Cow” to be milked at every opportunity. I’m sure there are some “good cops” out there but most of them are bullies and control freaks.

PB

May 23rd, 2012
5:54 pm

There must be something more to this story. Otherwise it does not make sense, and the cop is indeed, like many on here have said, a jerk. Or a stupid person? Or maybe just having a bad day?

jennifer

May 23rd, 2012
6:15 pm

Urchin? Isn’t that a pretty derogatory term? I know the guy was begging, and probably making a nuisance of himself, but I’m uncomfortable with the idea of kicking people when they’re down.

Regardless of your degree of political correctness, this is just poor word choice. Isn’t the term generally reserved for children?

RCH

May 23rd, 2012
6:23 pm

PB

There probably is not anything else to this story. Reference the service dog at the fast food chicken restaurant who was ask to leave, the Gwinnett County commissioner who was arrested for DUI after passing TWO breathalyzers, or the couple kept in jail after proving that the house they were supposedly burglarizing belonged to them.

Power going to their head and not being held accountable

[...] Police officials refused to comment on the ticket, but one newspaper points out that Davis may have been cited incorrectly. Another city ordinance states it is illegal to “transfer currency… to any person standing on a street or highway” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. [...]

Mike Pascucci

May 24th, 2012
10:26 am

The law abiding citizen has become the revenue generating target for local law enforcement agencies. Get used to it. How else can government pay for the continuous expansion of the incredible “services” they provide?

Zamorianiqua

May 24th, 2012
11:27 am

“Another city ordinance states it is illegal to “transfer currency… to any person standing on a street or highway.”

That probably was the offense the officer meant to cite and simply put the wrong charge on the ticket.

Atlanta desperately needs a similar ordinance. And the Atlanta police need to start enforcing the aggressive panhandling law that’s already on the books.

Chris Somebody

May 24th, 2012
2:43 pm

So their ordinance says it’s “illegal to “transfer currency… to any person standing on a street or highway.” The guy in the wheelchair WASN’T standing. He was sitting. Case dismissed.

Old Uncle Dave

May 24th, 2012
11:06 pm

Shame on that pig. May a colony of lice take up residence in his nether regions.

[...] Police officials refused to comment on the ticket, but one newspaper points out that Davis may have been cited incorrectly. Another city ordinance states it is illegal to “transfer currency… to any person standing on a street or highway” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. [...]

4xtra

May 29th, 2012
5:26 pm

I am from Ohio and trust me…
I AM NOT SUPRISED