Driver Arrested Because A Short Rib Recipe Is Not A Vehicle Inspection Sticker

The fake, but tasty-sounding, inspection sticker compared to a sample of what an actual Massachusetts inspection sticker should look like.

The fake, but tasty-sounding, inspection sticker compared to a sample of what an actual Massachusetts inspection sticker should look like.

Most people don’t really like getting their cars inspected, and some people deliberately avoid getting an inspection because they know their vehicles won’t pass muster. Unfortunately for those folks, having a fake inspection sticker on the windshield can get them arrested.

Late Friday night, the police in Salisbury, MA, shared this Tweet showing a clipped short rib recipe that a driver had put in his window, presumably in the hope that no one would take a closer look:

According to Massachusetts state law, it’s a crime to “falsely make, steal, alter, forge or counterfeit” an inspection sticker. It’s a punishable offense that could earn a driver a fine of up to $500 and a maximum of five years in a state prison.

[via Boston.com]

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  1. craftman1 says:

    “Needless to say he was arrested.” I could do without the smug sense of satisfaction. You’re putting people in jail over this? I understand the point of the law to prevent forgery (got to protect those precious vehicle inspection tax dollars!) but if this guy had a good lawyer you could argue that this law does not apply in this case.

    • ResNullum says:

      Either you argue this was not intended to represent an inspection sticker and the driver is charged with not having one at all, or you argue this was placed to mislead officers and effectively act as a fake inspection sticker. In either case, he’ll be arrested for something.

    • CzarChasm says:

      Arrested is not the same thing as jail. And sure, a lawyer could argue that since a cat was rolling a watermelon into a lake the law was invalid, arguing is not the same thing as winning a court case.