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    Default In Garden City, NY, it is illegal to wash your car in your driveway

    So I often give cops a bad time, but in this case I feel like the guy is just doing his job and he is pretty nice about it, so good for him.

    But apparently there is a village ordinance that prevents one from washing their car or furniture or a public place. The police, however, are interpreting that as doing it in public view.

    Two gentlemen who are preparing to wash their car videotape their interaction with the police over washing their car.


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    The cop interpreted the ordinance incorrectly. Period. And he knew it too but the neighbour complained so they have to investigate I guess. I feel bad that he has to take time out of patrolling or doing actual police work to talk to these guys but that's the way it is.
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    There's more to this story, very likely a ongoing feud between neighbors.

    But the more I see these videos posted by guys obviously out to get something on tape, the more I think "another douchebag out to cause trouble with a camera".

    He strikes me as The Neighbor Everyone Hopes Doesn't Move Onto Their Street.
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    The problem isn't really the person filming although it is curious as to why. Was he expecting to get Rodney King-ed?

    The real issue is not being able to wash one's car on one's own property. I'm assuming this ordinance has something to do with 'conserving" water but c'mon, washing your car at home isn't wasting that much water and let's not forget that most of us are PAYING to use however much we want. It's funny to me how we pay our water bill but also are commanded to"'do the right thing" by conserving.

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    It doesn't seem like the cops are called on these guys all the time. The cop would know going in if they had and he wouldn't have brought the ordinance. It seemed like he brought the ordinance because it seems a bit unbelievable.

    Taping something with your cell phone isn't something that needs to be so premeditated. Most of the Western world has an HD video camera in their pocket. If the cops show up, it is easy to pull it out and tape.

    And honestly, based on all the stuff I read about, it's probably a good idea to tape any encounter with a cop.

    However, this is the problem with these silly laws. It can be written "in a public place," but if the police want to interpret it that way, then you have to deal with it and show up for court. It's not like that is a minor inconvenience.

    You could tell the cop felt the whole thing was dumb. I thought he handled it well.

    EDIT: Found the ordinance:

    No person shall wash or cause to be washed, clean or cause to be cleaned, beat or cause to be beaten any rugs, curtains, furniture, tapestry, clothing or other like articles upon any sidewalk, public street, highway or public place within the village, and no person shall wash or cause to be washed any motor vehicle or like conveyance upon any public street, highway or public place.
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    Here in Germany it is illegal to wash your car anywhere except a "real" car wash. It's something to do with chemical runoff getting into the water table untreated. The Germans take their environmental issues pretty seriously. I laughed when I first heard it, but I guess it makes sense. People would complain if they saw someone dumping other waste into the ground. Only corporations are allowed to do that.
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    In my neighborhood if you don't put your post light on you get a note from the cops saying its a 500 fine and no warning next time. No shit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edwardv View Post
    In my neighborhood if you don't put your post light on you get a note from the cops saying its a 500 fine and no warning next time. No shit.
    What exactly is a post light?
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    Quote Originally Posted by edwardv View Post
    In my neighborhood if you don't put your post light on you get a note from the cops saying its a 500 fine and no warning next time. No shit.
    You mean like a porch light?

    If you look at the link to the ordinance I posted, this has been in effect since 1967! Wow.

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    they are using fewer phosphates in detergents these days, but I suspect this ordinance was drawn up in response to that

    I know villages that have this ordinance in order to keep chemicals, detergents with phosphates etc from running into the the storm drains and then into the public water ways.

    makes sense to me, when you are kayaking a stream and it is foamy from chemical contamination, or has a oily sheen on it, you know that all kinds of stuff ultimately ends up in the waterways that are drawn upon to provide drinking water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LLFHS View Post
    What exactly is a post light?
    Post light is down by the road near the mailbox on a pole.
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