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Be Careful Singing in Montreal

A Montreal man who was loudly singing along to C+C Music Factory’s 1990 hit “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now),” was ticketed and fined $149 by police for singing in his car, reports CTV News.

Taoufik Moalla says he was on his way to buy a bottle of water on September 27 when he heard a police siren behind him.

Moalla told CTV, “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.'”

Moalla said police ran his license and registration and then issued him the $149 dollar ticket for screaming in public. He noted, “I said, ‘Okay, thank you,’ because I know I can contest the ticket. They were doing their job.”

According to a Montreal bylaw, “to cause disorder by screaming” violates “peace and tranquility” and can be punishable by a fine of $50 to $1,000 for the first offense and $100 to $2,000 for any additional infractions.

Moalla said he is now waiting for his court date to contest the ticket, which could take up to one year.

Moalla’s wife said she wasn’t shocked that her husband’s singing earned him a fine. He explained, “She told me, if it was for singing, I’d have given you a ticket for $300.”

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