So around a couple of weeks ago I was out riding my bike on my lunch break. Its a real shitty, old bike I found in the trash a few years ago. Anyhow, I ride through a quiet neighborhood. There's a few stop signs here and there and if there's nobody around I just keep on going. Well out of the blue a cop pulls me over for running one of these stop signs.
He was nice about it and all and assured me that the fine would not be that bad and it wouldn't show up on my record. I thanked him and he went about his way. Last night I got the fine in the mail. Guess what? The fine is for $350 FUCKING DOLLARS! On top of that, I have to go to court about it too. Now I know that California is broke for money right now. But seriously?! $350?! WTF! That's a shitload of money for running a light- let alone on a bicycle in a quiet neighborhood with zero traffic. Don't get me wrong- I'm not pissed at the cop. Its more than $350 dollars of my hard-earned money is going to a rich, gentrified town in Silicon Valley, and likely to schools that have parents with deep pockets to ensure their kids have it a lot better than those in the poor areas like Oakland. Fuck that.
I cannot fucking believe this. $350!