As the New York Daily News reports, 3-year-old Declan Tramley loves riding his red plastic toy motorcycle around the Halifax Pier in Halifax, Nova Scotia. So when the lad was out with his family last weekend, a local constable and the toddler’s dad thought they’d have a little fun at the boy’s expense. Declan’s dad approached Constable Shawn Currie, and the two conspired to write the toddler a parking ticket. Dad caught the moment on camera.
Remember, no motorcycle parking in the circle by the ferry terminal. This ruthless biker was caught yesterday! pic.twitter.com/GgzU4j46vy
— Halifax_Police (@HfxRegPolice) July 5, 2015
The picture of the toddler getting the parking ticket was brought to the attention of Halifax Regional Police, who posted it on their own Twitter and Facebook accounts, and from there, it quickly went viral. Constable Currie says, via CTV News, that the photo just goes to show that the police, who have developed something of an image problem of late, aren’t all bad.
“It’s nice to show the different sides of police. We’re not always making arrests and hauling people away. We’re just normal like everybody else. And we do like to have fun.”
To be fair, the toddler didn’t actually get a parking ticket — that would be about as silly as shutting down a little girl’s lemonade stand because she didn’t have a permit (oh, wait, that actually happened) — he just got a souvenir on which Currie just made some random scribbles. And it’s a souvenir that his mom, Lisa, says he treasures.
“He loves his ticket. He tried to go to sleep with his ticket, actually.”
Still, apparently a few social media users weren’t in on the joke.
@kemeneur The boy never actually got a ticket; he simply wanted to be like the bikers in the area, even got a sticker for his toy bike!
— Halifax_Police (@HfxRegPolice) July 7, 2015
Others are having fun with the toddler’s burgeoning life of crime.
@HfxRegPolice check the vin! Probably a stolen bike too!
— Bradly Tucker (@TuckerBradly) July 7, 2015
As of this post, the picture of the toddler getting his first parking ticket has been re-tweeted over 1,300 times, and has received over 12,000 likes and over 3,200 shares on Facebook.
[Image courtesy of Twitter]