The winning ticket/get out of speeding free card. (Massachusetts State Lottery)

“I Just Won $50,000″ Is A Pretty Good Way To Talk Yourself Out Of A Speeding Ticket

“I’ve got to deliver this encryption key to super secret government operatives before aliens blow up the world” and “Seriously, I’m on my way to save puppies from a burning pet store” are pretty good excuses, but the truth worked great for one man caught speeding — he’d just won $50,000 in the lottery. [More]

Supreme Court To Decide If Cops Can Search Phones Without A Warrant

Supreme Court To Decide If Cops Can Search Phones Without A Warrant

The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it will hear two cases that involve the ability of law enforcement officials to search arrestees’ phones without a warrant, an issue that has divided multiple lower courts around the country. [More]

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Police Tag Pink Barbie Jeep Blocking The Driveway As “Abandoned Vehicle”

Listen, you think just because your car is teeny tiny, pink and splashed with a famous name like “Barbie” makes you immune from police attention? Oh no, not even little girls are above the long arm of the law. Utah cops wanted to make sure Barbie and her cohorts didn’t get away with abandoning a vehicle in the street where it was blocking a driveway, and left a ticket on the wee set of wheels. [More]

Best Buy Shoppers And Employees Save 9-Year-Old Girl From Violent Attacker

Best Buy Shoppers And Employees Save 9-Year-Old Girl From Violent Attacker

It isn’t just every parent’s nightmare: it’s the nightmare of every human being with a functioning soul. Police in Florida say that a stranger attacked a 9-year-old girl in the ladies’ rest room of a Best Buy store on Friday night while her mother was paying for her purchases. Another customer heard her screams, and witnesses say that employees and other bystanders rushed in to save the child. [More]

(Seattle PD)

Maybe it was all of the publicity. Figuring that people ignore flyers and throw them away, but that visitors to Hempfest might pay attention to containers of snack foods, the Seattle Police Department had the idea to distribute mini bags of Doritos with a stickers outlining the basics of current marijuana laws in Washington state. It was a great PR move, and successful: they ran out in ten minutes. [Twitter]

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Burglary Victim Finds Suspected Thief’s Phone, Calls His Mom To Tell On Him

Calling the police is a natural reaction when your car has been ransacked and your stuff has been stolen, sure. But if the suspected thief happens to leave behind his cell phone? Don’t call him and try to yell at him for what he’s done — just dial up his mother and get him in a whole lotta trouble, like one Seattle woman did recently. [More]

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ACLU Files Suit To Stop Police From Searching Cell Phones Without Warrant

A decade ago, searching someone’s cell phone would give you a list of names and numbers, maybe some recent texts. But now, the average smartphone could contain as much personal and sensitive information as a desktop computer, yet many law enforcement agencies argue they don’t need a warrant to search these devices. That’s why the American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against the city of San Francisco and its chief of police. [More]

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Sprint Glitch Repeatedly Directs Police & Angry Customers To Home Of Innocent Retiree

You know how annoying it is when you keep getting calls or mail for someone that isn’t you? That’s nothing compared to the Las Vegas man who has spent two years trying to convince police and angry Sprint customers that he does not have their lost phone. [More]

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Impersonating A Cop To Score Free McDonald’s Is Frowned Upon By Actual Police

The lengths to which we hear about people going to get free grub at fast food joints sometimes makes us wonder if we’re missing something. It’s understandable to an extent — short on cash, really hungry, etc. — but impersonating a cop just for some french fries? That’s a pretty serious tack to take and one that will likely result in time behind bars. [More]

What To Keep In Mind When Recording Police

What To Keep In Mind When Recording Police

Before you pull out your phone to take a video of law enforcement officers at work, you should brush up of the legal ramifications of what you’re about to do and take care to protect yourself. A misstep could get you in trouble. [More]

What Can Cops Look At On Your Phone Without A Warrant?

What Can Cops Look At On Your Phone Without A Warrant?

Ten years ago, most of us had little more on our mobile phones than other phone numbers. Then cames texts, photos, video, web pages, passwords, credit card info, and most importantly Sudoku scores. But how much of that should be readily available to police if you are believed to have run afoul of the law? [More]

Do Not Call 911 Five Times About Your Broken iPhone

Do Not Call 911 Five Times About Your Broken iPhone

911 emergency services are a very helpful community resource, but they have their limits. They cannot, for example, deliver you a pizza. Or transfer you to AppleCare when your iPhone doesn’t work. That didn’t stop a man in Illinois from doing the latter…and then getting arrested for it. [More]

Author Crafts Modest Proposal For Police Officers To Consider

Author Crafts Modest Proposal For Police Officers To Consider

Law enforcement officers put themselves at great risk, perform a vital public service and give society the peace of mind to be able to function with confidence. Even so, it has been said that some cops have been known to do things that could be classified as annoying or abusive. [More]

Car Receives $44,500 Ticket For 1,800 Years Of Illegal Parking

Car Receives $44,500 Ticket For 1,800 Years Of Illegal Parking

Accurate data entry is important. Need proof? Just ask the woman in Italy who was taken to the hospital for a dizzy spell after receiving a €32,000 ($44,500) parking ticket. How long does a car have to be parked to receive that kind of fine? About 1,800 years. Wait, what? [More]

Vegas Dismisses $896 Ticket They Gave Car Parked In New York

Vegas Dismisses $896 Ticket They Gave Car Parked In New York

Sometimes it just takes a little followup. That’s what got a $896 ticket vaporized that the city of Las Vegas had erroneously slapped on Charlotte’s car while it was 2,000 miles away in New York state. [More]

Car Racks Up $896.80 Vegas Parking Ticket While Sitting In New York

Car Racks Up $896.80 Vegas Parking Ticket While Sitting In New York

Charlotte is bewildered as to how her Camry somehow got a for $896.80 ticket for parking in a handicapped spot in Las Vegas while it was sitting happily in New York State. Had her car been secretly running out of town to go galavant around Sin City behind her back? [More]

Bronx DA Seeks To Indict 17 Cops In Massive Ticket Fixing Scandal

Bronx DA Seeks To Indict 17 Cops In Massive Ticket Fixing Scandal

A two-year investigation into ticket fixing, where cops agree to make tickets disappear in exchange for bribes, gifts and favors, is expected to result in the indictment of 17 NYPD cops. [More]

Do Not Call 911 Because Taco Bell Won't Serve You When You Walk Through Drive-Thru

Do Not Call 911 Because Taco Bell Won't Serve You When You Walk Through Drive-Thru

No matter how bad you need a taco late at night, and regardless of how miffed you are that Taco Bell will not hook you up via its drive-thru when you’re on foot, your plight is not an emergency that warrants a 911 call. [More]