Happy Birthday, That Will Cost You $190 Ma’am

2010 March 24
by Carissa

What do you want for your birthday this year?

Me? I was getting really excited as I’d been saving up for this…

What I got instead was THIS!
Bad Day In Little Flock

Congratulations you’ve just purchased… Traffic School.

Happy Birthday to you too Mr. Grrr.

My birthday is later this week. I had been getting really excited about a real office desk for a change.  Sigh.

Part of why I’m so upset is that I was only going 4 miles over.
Seriously I’m being pulled over for WHAT?

He walks up to me and says, you were going 59 in a 45mph zone. What? How can that be when it’s practically a rural road? I had just turned from a 55mph highway to what really is a larger road in fact? How did the speed limit go DOWN I want to know…. He made it very clear to me that it’s been 45mph all the way out to HERE for 10 years now. No help that I’ve basically just moved here and live 75 miles away from this ticket heavy spot…

Puppy dog eyes did not help. Mentioning that I really really really thought it was a normal speed limit area… did not help. Kinda seemed like the end of his shift and he just really really wanted to go home, and my 4mph (okay 19) overage was just the ticket to get him to the end of his shift. Sheesh.

A couple years ago I wrote a short series of my birthday wishes… and what I was REALLY getting… see if you like them?
Hint: Part 1 is about a lovely black leather… purse… and a DIY toilet…

This, and this were also on my list.

I’ll be too busy at traffic school to enjoy my real bday.

Photo by Doug Wertman

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10 Responses
  1. March 24, 2010

    Darn cops! How rude!!!!!
    Twitter: pricousins

  2. March 24, 2010

    Yep, when I got one, (almost 2 years ago now), I was pretty bummed.

    But, I thought about ALL the tickets that I probably deserved and never got, and figured it was “my time”.

    That helped to ease the pain….a little bit 😉

    Take care!

  3. March 25, 2010

    I love that you took the cop’s picture! I’m sorry you’re getting Traffic School for your birthday, but at least you got a funny blog post from it, right? Oh well!

  4. March 25, 2010


    I know you didn’t!

    Do you drive a Toyota? Coulda blamed it on the gas pedal…

  5. March 25, 2010

    Oh girl. I just had to come and comment. Although I know you probably don’t find this at all funny.. this post made me giggle. What a great way to post about something like this!! I love it!!!
    Praying you will be blessed with some extra cash somehow so you can still enjoy some birthday fun…

  6. March 25, 2010

    How funny…! blame it on the gas pedal.. no kidding.. (and my dang foot!) 🙂

  7. March 26, 2010

    Oh man….what a bummer of a birthday present! Hope the rest of your birthday went better.

  8. March 27, 2010

    That sucks.

    My birthday is coming up here really quickly too.


    Let’s celebrate with a virtual party.

    I’ll bring the ice cream. 🙂
    Twitter: 7clowncircus

  9. April 1, 2010

    I really like that second pic of the cop pulling over the car. That’s so funny!
    Twitter: signupmakemoney

  10. April 7, 2010

    Hah! I tried the puppy dog eyes thing and all when I got pulled over 2 weeks ago – my $190 ticket funds are coming out of my daughter’s 3yo birthday party funds, so I am majorly unhappy. I’ve gotten tickets before where the officer was polite and decent, but this one just ticked me off on some kind of authority trip. Plus, he said I was going about 10mph faster than my speedometer showed. But I can’t even afford the 2hour drive to court to contest the ticket.

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