fbpx
Climate crisis and migration: Greta Thunberg supports International Organization for Migration (IOM) over ‘life and death’ issueRead more United Nations (UN) Convenes Lake Chad Countries, Amid Growing Regional CrisisRead more 11 Disruptive Startups Selected for Cohort 3 of the Africa Startup Initiative Program (ASIP) Accelerator Program powered by Startupbootcamp AfricaRead more Africa Data Centres breaks ground on new Sameer facility in NairobiRead more Coffee with a human face: A union that improves livelihoods for Ugandan farmersRead more Trends Predicted to drive the retail industry in 2023Read more Vantage Capital exits Pétro IvoireRead more Afrobarometer charts path for Round 10 surveysRead more Unified communication and collaboration trends for 2023 (By David Meintjes)Read more 2023 starts with BIG IMPACT on Bizcommunity!Read more

‘Seusspicious’: US cop tickets driver for inflatable Grinch

show caption
Arizona police fined a driver for using a restricted carpool lane with an inflatable Grinch in the passenger seat./AFP
Print Friendly and PDF

Dec 16, 2022 - 11:47 AM

LOS ANGELES — Every Who down in Who-ville knows you need more than one person to drive in the carpool lane — but cops in Arizona say an inflatable Grinch simply will not do.

A trooper in the western US state noticed something amiss last week as a car sailed past carrying a blow-up Dr Seuss character.

The law enforcement officer “spotted a driver in the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane with a Seusspicious-looking ‘passenger,'” the state’s Department of Public Safety tweeted.

“The trooper stopped the driver & determined the grumpy green guy was, in fact, an inflatable Grinch. (No other passengers.)”

The Grinch, whose mission in the Dr Seuss tale is to steal Christmas from the Whos in Who-ville, does not count as a legitimate passenger under Arizona law, the department said.

“While we appreciate the festive flair, this is illegal & the driver received a citation for the HOV violation.”

In the children’s book, the Grinch’s distaste for Christmas — attributed to his heart being two sizes too small — is overcome when he sees Who-ville celebrating, even without the presents he stole from them.

MAORANDCITIES.COM uses both Facebook and Disqus comment systems to make it easier for you to contribute. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles and blog posts. All comments should be relevant to the topic. By posting, you agree to our Privacy Policy. We are committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion, so we ask you to avoid personal attacks, name-calling, foul language or other inappropriate behavior. Please keep your comments relevant and respectful. By leaving the ‘Post to Facebook’ box selected – when using Facebook comment system – your comment will be published to your Facebook profile in addition to the space below. If you encounter a comment that is abusive, click the “X” in the upper right corner of the Facebook comment box to report spam or abuse. You can also email us.