We've seen great videos in the past of drivers flexing their rights when pulled over, but this video, this is something brand new.
Justin Gardener is a biologist from Louisiana who owns a sustainable landscaping company and is a contributor to the Free Thought Project.
When talking to Justin last, he and I both agreed that the next time we got pulled over, it would be hilarious if we would talk like a pirate to the cop and film it.
Why talk like a pirate you ask? Well most of the readers of the Free Thought Project are very familiar with the term Road Pirate, but just in case you are not, I will define it now.
The typical definition of pirate as defined by Merriam-Webster is: someone who attacks and steals from a ship at sea. Attacking and stealing from a person on land, via a motorized vehicle, on a public road, would make someone a road pirate.
Road piracy in the US has reached epic proportions. It has gotten so bad that the Canadian government has issued a public service announcement for its citizens warning them that American Road Pirates, aka police officers may very well rob them upon entry into the US.
Since September 2001 there have been 62,000 incidents of road piracy; resulting in a booty of over $2.5 billion.
In the US, “298 departments and 210 task forces have seized the equivalent of 20 percent or more of their annual budgets since 2008” according to the Post. Some might try and say that this money and property is obviously "taken from criminals" in order to rationalize this theft on a massive scale. However, the government does not have to charge you with a crime, let alone convict you, to take your property and after they steal your property the burden of proof is on you to get it back.
Only one sixth of the 62,000 cases of cash forfeitures to police in the last decade have been challenged in court due to the high cost of challenging the state; not too mention that since their money was stolen, even if they once had the funds to challenge the theft, they may not any longer.
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The justice department's asset forfeiture fund in 2011 was $1.8 billion.
In Philadelphia alone, more than $64 million in seized property has been taken in the last decade and 100% of it has gone into the pockets of cops, judges, and other bureaucrats with a hand in the treasure chest.
Consequently, none of the above cases include revenue generated from arbitrary traffic 'laws' for victimless crimes. The total number of people who receive speeding tickets only, is 41,000,000 a year with an average cost of $152.00 each. That is 1 in every 5 licensed drivers in the US.
The total number of speeding tickets paid each year $6,232,000,000 which breaks down to around $300,000 generated per police officer for speeding alone. Tack on seat belt violations, license plate lights, window tint, rolling stop signs, and expired state-mandated documents and that number sky rockets.
It is literally highway robbery conducted on behalf of the ones who claim to keep us "safe." Road pirates.
Now that we have an understanding of this massive fleecing of the American populace the below video will be that much more relevant. You'll have to pardon the blurriness as this was the passenger's first time filming police and he didn't realize that the camera was focused on the hat rather than the interaction. However, the lack of focus is hardly relevant as the hilarious comedic act needs no sharp edges to have you rolling on the floor laughing.
Justin was borrowing a friend's trailer to move some materials to a job site which happened to have an expired registration tag. This caught the attention of a police officer who knew that Justin could be a potential terrorist for not paying the state their annual extortion fee for a state-sanctioned sticker; so he pulled him over to give him a ticket, otherwise known as "collectin' booty!"
Justin's ability to keep composure during this 'Conversation Amongst Pirates,' is uncanny. There is no possible way I would have been able to keep a straight face as I said, "Arrrgghh, how much booty ye be collectin' for this?" Enjoy.