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Tarzan Ticket Story



I can't believe I got this ticket, it was completely preventable... I had just gotten out of my last class on a Friday afternoon, had my brand new 99 X-Lite, and was showing off (but of course!) for some girls from my class, and I completely forget to look around for cops while riding. I start hopping on some tree stumps and roots, I made it all the way through completely in control, completely smooth, not a single dab, no one was around me. Next thing I know, I hear, "Excuse me, could you come over here for a minute?" There was a motorcycle cop (UCPD) writing up 5 skateboarders for riding on campus. I was doing trials like 100 feet away from him without even realizing it! Now, technically, riding bikes on campus is illegal, but cops don't bug people riding safely on the sidewalk when there aren't a lot of people out. In the last 14 months of me learning trials riding ON campus, I've never had a big problem, the worst that's happened is that I've been kicked off campus twice. Anyway, the cop says, "What were you doing riding on the trees?" I reply in the most submissive voice possible, "I was practicing bike control." "But why on trees?" the cop asks. "Because it's somewhat of a challenge..." Anyway, the cop was nice (for a cop), and after balling me out and getting pretty much nowhere, because I just sort of stand there and look submissive and quiet and sorry (that I was CAUGHT, mind you, just like little-kid "sorry"), he said he'd "just" give me a ticket for riding on the sidewalk, not vandalism (of the tree... BS! like I hurt the tree... all tire, not even bashguard). Now, his word choice for explanation of what I was doing was just a BIT too funny, so I had to post it... "Bicycle operated in unsafe manner, subject doing tricks in trees." hahahahaha... I was in the weirdest mood after this... I was really mad because I got a ticket and would have to pay it and I could have avoided it easily, but I was laughing because it said "doing tricks in trees" like I'm some kind of monkey or something! I called up a trials riding friend of mine, and he laughed with me about it and said, "You know what I'm gonna call you now? Tarzan!" hahahahaha...